Danny Howard knows only too well how nerve-wrecking a DJ competition can be - his success today is thanks to winning a Radio 1 contest, and making the most of the opportunity.
Club promoter Alex Huckerby has organised the Bedlam club night competition at Revolution in Market Street, hosting heats in recent weeks, with DJs selecting tonight’s finalists.
The winner will get the chance to play at this year’s Blackpool Rocks winter music festival, as well as the Chicane gig as part of Lytham Festival and support from Danny and Alex.
Alex said: “It has been great to see the talent out there.
“There have been four to six DJs each week, all of them with a huge amount of passion.
“Entering a competition can be the start of something –that’s what happened to Danny.
“We were running events in the region and he entered a Radio 1 competition for a bit of a laugh.
“He kept his foot in the door, and eventually was offered a show, although never did we expect it would be the mainstream dance show on a Saturday afternoon.”
Now the duo are preparing for residencies at Ibiza superclubs Amnesia and Cream, under the Nothing Else Matters brand, which has also toured the UK.
“We want these young DJs to be able to support what we are doing, out of Blackpool,” Alex added.
“DJing is an expensive hobby and not everyone can afford £3,000-£4,000 decks, so we’ve been able to help them get into clubs to practise for the competition with early evening sessions.
“We’ve seen a real mix of styles; some who are very set in their ways, others have never worked with a crowd and others have realised what they need to do. It’s important to read the room and understand what to play depending on when in the night you’re playing.
“We’ve also been looking at how they promote themselves and the event through social media - that’s an important part of it all now, you can’t just rely on a DJ’s name to make it a big night.”
Danny said: “I know exactly how they will be feeling and I’m excited for them as you never know who will be watching or listening to the set.
“The competition has been Alex’s baby, but it’s about giving people an excuse to come out for something different and I will always support that.”
Entry to Revolution is free before 10pm, £3 after, with the competition sets from 10pm.