Celebrate With THE Ultimate DISCO...
The pull to follow the bright lights of the city was eventually too much, and I jumped at the chance to join First Leisure (the UK’s biggest nightclub operators – at the time) as an Assistant Manager. Working my way up the ladder, I moved from Peterborough to Sheffield and then the West End. Ending up as Deputy General Manager at the ‘Empire’ in Leicester Square.
A lot of networking eventually paid off and I managed to get back home to East Anglia, as I wasn’t overly keen on living in central London. Working as a Promotions Manager for Urban Leisure at ’Hollywood – Ipswich’. This was short lived as the company were having major financial problems and I eventually got made redundant, along with most of the management team. When operations were centralised.
Returning to my roots as a DJ, I joined ‘Rick’s Place’ in Norwich as resident jock (as well as travelling around the UK to other venues). Working with the then Manager converting what was a huge white elephant and a thorn in European Leisures side, into a profit-making business. An association that lasted for almost a decade.
Late in 1998, I moved to the Ocean Room in Gorleston. Taking on a fledgeling night called ‘Boogie Nights’ (playing purely 70’s & 80’s disco) from the previous Resident Jock – it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. Attendance increased from 350 people once a month to 1100 every other week. Causing such an interest that it inspired numerous carbon copy nights across the region.
In June 2001 I was one of the jocks that opened Brannigans in Norwich. Remaining there mid-week (as the only original DJ) until the venue was forced to close summer ’07, due to massive rent rises.
Spring 2008, and the opportunity to do more radio presenting (on GYFM), something I had dabbled in years early on ‘Coastal Radio’.
June 2010 and the chance to go fully digital, with the release of a piece of equipment called the ‘OOVJ’. I can now reliably manipulate video exactly the same way as music. The whole area of DJ’ing for me had been changed forever.
August, and a touch of deja vu. Somehow I end up jocking at the ‘VIP Preview Night’ of Pure, Norwich. Having been there 12 years earlier for the buildings original opening, as Liquid.
May – July 2011 and I am back in the centre of Norwich, hosting several Thursday night sessions at the newly opened Tau Lounge.
Summer also brings the opportunity to start working with the band ’Party X’ as their DJ, at stately homes and high profile parties all over the UK.
September allows me time to float a theme night alongside fellow DJ John Rodgers, something that has been on the ‘to do’ list for several years ’Back 2 The Nineties’ is born. Although the name and idea is nothing new, this is another direction for the east coast, where the same R&B, Dubstep and House is duplicated in every venue. The first event creating such an attendance and buzz that it immediately leads to eleven further dates being added, taking us well into the following year.
Summer 2012 and the idea of a ‘Wedding Services’ business is made a reality. After spending decades telling people I wouldn’t do mobile work, I realise that this is something I should have been doing years ago. The wheels are set in motion ready for an official launch at the start of 2013. My aim is to provide something that little bit individual. Not just a normal mobile disco with coloured rope lights and plastic logos plastered on the front. But something that really offers a first class product and service, with a real attention to detail. Specialising in video presentation, hundreds of music videos are combined with photos and images in order to make every event unique .
2013 arrives and more dates for ‘Back 2 The Nineties’ are added to the calendar. In May the night also takes on a new monthly residency at the mighty Wonderland in Norwich. A week later, I get the opportunity to host another new concept the ‘Noughties & Now’.
June arrives, and another string is added to the bow. Supplying synced video images for the ‘One Way Or Another’ – A Blondie Tribute show. The year ends with a fantastic season of ‘Christmas Party Nights’.
Into 2014 and I’m back doing radio on Harbour FM. September brings a change of venue (in Norwich) for ‘Back 2 The Nineties’ as a result of Wonderlands ‘shock’ closure in June.
2015 starts and things go crazy. The Ocean Room is now the busiest venue in the East of England on a Friday night and bookings are coming in daily from the wedding side of my business. https://www.djpaulallen-weddingservices.co.uk
The beginning of 2018 and it is time for a change. The business continues to grow and I’m so lucky that ‘DJ Paul Allen’ is now recommended by an increasing number of venues across the county for wedding and event work. After 20 amazing years as resident DJ for the Ocean Room, it’s time to reduce my workload at the venue and concentrate on further developing my own parties.
HERE’S TO EXCITING TIMES AHEAD. I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD!!!!!!