After his international Dj career had been cut short prematurely Ashley returned to Scotland and went back to Lourenzo Marques. He always remembers that on his first night the UK and it’s allies bombed Baghdad and he made the announcement on the microphone in the club. It was a memorable first night back.
After leaving Lourenzo Marques Ashley started to do more and more mobile discos and became the most popular Dj in Perthshire. He teamed up with a local Dj in Perth who became Ashley’s first protege.
Weddings, birthdays and anniversaries all over Perthshire, Angus and East and West Lothian then followed for many years.
In 1993 Ashley was asked by a close friend Billy Sheridan if he would DJ at a new super club called Room At The Top in Bathgate.
Ashley decided to take on this club Dj job for just one weekend to help his friend out and ended up staying there for 2 years.
Shortly after leaving Room At The Top it unfortunately burnt to the ground. Ashley was gutted that such an amazing club where he had so many amazing nights was no more.
In 1995 Ashley finally hung up his club DJ slip mats and decided to concentrate all his efforts on mobile discos and weddings in particular.
With such a varied Dj career under his belt he could handle any event and did weddings all over Scotland.
The next thing Ashley did was to start an events company dealing in stage hire, generators etc.
This took him to Glastonbury Rock festival in his first year and for 4 subsequent years! He then caught the eye of a big production company who asked him to take his stage all over the UK to lots of different festivals which he did.
It was incredibly hard work and Ashley and his 17 strong crew took their portable stage to all of the UK’s too festivaks except the Isle of Wight.
After doing festivaks for a few years in the summer Ashley decided to do more weddings and mobile discos and built up a crew of 17 mobile Djs who worked all over Scotland.
They did mobile discos in Inverness at The Caledonian Hotel and The Clansman Hotel and went across to Aberdeen and did all the towns up the east coast.
One particular favourite part of the country for Ashley was Tyndrum, Crianlarich, and Dalmally where Ashley had done lots of mobile discos over a 20 year period and had become very well known.
Ashley always talks about the party he did at Tyndrum village hall up on the hill for Davey Stewart and Davey Burton’s joint 21st birthday party. It finished at 7am and was one of the most amazing birthday parties he had ever done.
Another particularly special gig was at St Andrews University annual ball in 1985 where Ashley was the main DJ. A truly memorable night with a very late finish.
Ashley did lots of weddings in this period and has lots of great memories of people he has met all over Scotland.
He always describes being a wedding Dj as a fantastic job that he loves. He thoroughly enjoys travelling all over Scotland and has been a wedding Dj as far up as Lochinver and as far down as Gretna Green.
He has been a wedding Dj in Edinburgh and a wedding DJ in Aberdeen and a wedding Dj in Glasgow to name only a few. Indeed, it would be easier to list the towns where he has not been the wedding DJ as it would be a very short list
“This constant variety of locations makes my job a pleasure” he says. Playing at weddings in beautiful castles, private houses and luxury hotels is a great job but very hard work.
Early starts to get to an all day wedding and back to back gigs is not for the feint hearted.
Ashley always says that people always think that being a wedding DJ is just about playing music. But it’s far from that.
He goes on to tell me about his typical working weekend. Getting up on a Friday and loading his van, checking and double checking he has every piece of disco equipment he needs. Checking he has all the requested music, checking the venue address and remembering to put his suit in the van.
Then it’s time to hit the road, drive sometimes several hours to the venue and then unload the van into the stage area. Sometimes this can be very hard, particularly if the wedding reception is in a venue that’s either upstairs or a long way from the van. He was telling me that he can walk two to four miles a night carrying equipment as he has to make up to 20 trips to the van and back.
Ashley likes to put on a real show when he is working and isn’t a Dj who turns up with as little equipment as he can. He likes to put on something spectacular that looks and sounds impressive.
Above is an example of Ashley’s disco at a wedding outside Inverness at Bunchrew House Hotel for Sarah and Paul’s wedding reception.
To book Ashley from Platinum Discos please fill in his contact form on the website.