Meet the man behind the headphones!

Meet the man behind the headphones!

We caught up with Doug, one of our resident Toast DJs ahead of the busy Christmas party season to get the inside scoop on life behind the DJ booth. Doug has been Djing for 20 years and has played in venues all over West Sussex and the South including Southend Barns, Gaynes Park and Upwaltham Barns amongst others.

How did you become a DJ?

After seeing Beastie Boys in concert back in the early 90s, I wanted to be like Mix Master Mike who created crazy sounds with music and got the party started so it was all thanks to 90s hip hop.

What's the weirdest thing you’ve had to do as a DJ?

I remember Djing in a boxing ring with my buddy, Andy Hunter in a tag team DJ battle against 2 amazing scratch DJs whilst on Andy’s shoulders as our final move…scratching with my feet! Yes, pretty weird!

What is favourite song to play right now?

So many to choose from but if I could choose one old and one new that gets a place going then it would be: P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson and Runaway (U & I) by Gallantis.

What advice do you have for those looking to book a DJ?

I’d say make sure that you are sure about what you want for your party. Some DJs are all-rounders and some lack knowledge about certain eras. If you want the full package…. 50s through to the current then make sure the DJ can cater for this.

So many bookers can be really specific about what music they want for a night which can be helpful in parts, but also can squash the creativity of the DJ who likes to feed off of the audience. Remember, you want to make sure that your guests are catered for, so being too specific or selective about the music might not always reflect what the guests want.

Can you recommend a good ‘exit’ song for wedding couples?

So many couples go for classic Sinatra but depending on the exit mood, you might want some cheese like ‘Take That - Greatest Day’ or something more sentimental like ‘Elbow - One Day Like This’ or a straight up rock banger like ‘Killers - Mr Brightside’. There are so many to choose from – it just depends on the mood!

If there is one thing Doug knows it is how to fill a dance floor, whether it is chart topping hits or cheesy classics you are looking for - he knows how to get the crowd pumping! To find out more about booking a Toast DJ, email us at

Posted 05 November 2015 by Rachel Soothill

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