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History of Mobile Disco Equipment 

By After Dark Disco  updated  July 20, 2016


History of Mobile Disco Equipment 

The Early Days

in the early years would have been use to really heavy DJ equipment but thankfully it has become smaller, neater and louder. Early Mobile Disco gear was big and bulky with cumbersome speakers delivering low volume and muddy sound by today's comparisons  DJ disco consoles were big and bulky and only played vinyl records only.....no CD's or MP3s, consoles were made with or without amplifiers built-in.


in the early days DJ units were lowly powered to around about 110 watts per channel of stereo amplification and most believed this was 'state of the art'. Looking back some dj consuls  had a built in cassette tape recorder for the playing of jingles or recording our sets plus adding an external amplifier would give extra power to the speakers.


As the Mobile Disco industry grew it captured the publics imaginatio and thanks to music in the charts and movies such as 'Saturday Night Fever' and 'Grease' doing the rounds it found popularity with an abundance of bookings mainly taking over from bands and singers. Mobile Discos became roadshows as lighshows got bigger & bigger, the mobile DJ's used more speakers with greater volume for the bigger venues!.


Various DJ shops opened up for budding Mobile DJs new & second hand. Big names from back then were Discosound, Cloud, FAL and Citronic, with Citronic still going strong today. Physically the Wedding DJ disco consoles were massive compared to the present kit with very basic belt drive turntables from BSR and Garrard. See below for a wonderful blast from the past....


The early 1980s saw innovations with the Wedding DJs disco console and the better ones incorporating the legendary Technics SL1200 direct drive turntable into their audio setup . The high torque of this unit allowed true mixing of records. Citronic did actually make a 'self queuing' turntable that could dispense of the need for headphones, although most 'Pro' Wedding DJs would always check that cue as technology could not be trusted back then. When audio CDs arrived in the mid 80s so we had to move into CD Players, however traditional mobile wedding DJs played both media for a while.


The 1990s from wedding DJ to superstar DJ 

Throughout the 1990s saw many Wedding DJ's become famous for their work, the likes of Norman Cook.('Fatboy Slim') and Pete Tong to name just two. Below is a list of 40 most influential DJs in the history of Disco....who knows, a few probably started as a Wedding DJ


Bringing us up to date, we now have many choices of ways to play those favourite Wedding DJ in Sussex tunes, along with many different choices to output the music. Smaller and neater equipment, along with wonderful innovations in lighting. The  current mobile dj system can occupy the rear seats in my car with ease and easily fill up a mid size venue with plenty os sound..


Long live the Mobile DJ!