10 Questions with Paul Hutchinson

Most DJs dream of packing up their controller, headphones and record collection (okay, hard drive) and heading off to the sunny paradise of Ibiza and beyond to play to eager partygoers. Paul Hutchinson did just that and continues to enjoy an adventurous life as a DJ and Producer after over 3 decades behind the decks. Taking a brief sidestep into writing, Paul has written a brand new book called A DJ’s Guide To Success where he gives you everything that you need to become — you guessed it — a successful DJ, together with guiding you through the social media jungle, goal setting, motivation, brand building and more.

Originally from Essex, Paul started DJing back in 1988 in the good old days of vinyl and has cultivated a strong passion for House and Disco. He’s been lucky enough to play at parties around the globe including Miami, Ibiza, Italy, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Amsterdam, New Zealand and back home at numerous clubs and bars around the UK.

We sat down with Paul to chat about his journey as a Disc Jockey and of course to talk about his exciting new book…

We’re all in the business of music and often have fond recollections of the first time we browsed records at Woolworths or the cassette that your Dad played in the car on every journey. What’s your earliest memory of music?

“Growing up there was always music in the house. My mum would listen to Barry White, The Drifters and ABBA all the time. My Dad was into his Jazz music and would play 8 track cassette tapes in the car; I was introduced to so many amazing Jazz trios. My brother and I would get under the bed covers and listen to Radio Caroline trying to hear as much music as we could.. I remember listening to my parents playing Elvis tracks all night on the day that he passed away. We would pretend to do radio shows in our bedroom, recording them to listen back later. I’m sure there would be a few laughs to be had if we listened back now!”

What’s the first record or single that you bought? 

“I think it was Swords of a Thousand Men by Tenpole Tudor, and then Paradise City by Guns ‘N’ Roses. The first album I brought on cassette was Word Up from Cameo.”

Some strong choices there! Fast forwarding a few years, what made you take the step into DJing?

“Like I mentioned previously, I used to pretend to be a radio DJ as a kid so I was always into it — it was almost ingrained into me. It was 1988 and I started playing vinyl in Palms Wine Bar in Colchester, and really got hooked on the House scene as it dropped in the UK from Chicago. I played solidly every weekend for 4 years until moving to New Zealand to DJ over there. It wasn’t until 2010 that I really took it seriously and started to push my career, DJing with my pal Darryl Wright as a duo called Slavziihouse. We played all over the place including regular parties in Ibiza, Madrid and Pacha London.”

What’s your go-to gear these days? I’m sure everyone would like to know which controller takes your fancy.

“I’m a huge fan of the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX. I initially got it so I could go back-to-back with other DJs like Brandon Block etc. I love the fact it works and feels just like CDJs that you would find in a club, so I am confident in my ability when I go and play abroad. Headphone wise for me it has always been VMODA. I love the whole range and the way the bass pulses on your head in a loud environment.”

Do you have any rituals before a set?

“If it’s a big club with a big crowd I always say to myself “you got this, you know what you’re doing, you know what you’re gonna play, now go and enjoy it!”. Other than that, it’s going for, on average, about 5 wees!”

Do you have a funny tale from your time behind the decks?

“The one that sticks in my head is playing New Years Eve at a huge bar in New Zealand with 2000 people in attendance. I was the headliner so played to bring in the new year, and above the DJ booth we had some dancers. They let off flares as it approached midnight, waving them into the crowd. Sparks were dripping down on me and the decks, melting little holes in my vinyl records as they were playing! So I had to quickly mix in the next track before it got to the melted section of the vinyl. Pretty stressful if I remember correctly!”

If you had to give one piece of advice to someone wanting to take up DJing, what would it be?

“Learn your music, know the history of the genre you are playing, and try and stick to that genre throughout your career. The minute you stop enjoying it, get out. You should love every moment standing behind those decks and controlling the dance floor. Always watch the floor too, that way you know if you’re playing the right music or not.”

You’ve just released a book titled A DJ’s Guide To Success. Tell us what it is about and what inspired you to write it.

“It’s me documenting my journey to where I want to be to feel successful. So I’m documenting all the lessons I’m learning along the way in a course and now a book. It was also born out of frustration from seeing other DJs throw away opportunities for getting big gigs, turning up drunk to a gig or generally coming across on social media unprofessionally. I coach DJs with managing their music files and growing their social media pages so they get noticed and in turn get more bookings. There’s so many opportunities out there for DJs to shine and half of them don’t do any of it. It’s an online course on Facebook which is currently £15 a month to join. With that you get one-to-one coaching calls with me, access to all the videos I have created and a copy of my Book as a PDF.”

What’s your favourite part of the book?

“My favourite part is all the social media and mind mapping content, which helps DJs with their goal setting. I’m fascinated by all types of social media and the fact that we have the potential to reach anyone from anywhere in the world.”

What do you think the future of the DJ and the art of DJing looks like?

“I think live streaming of DJ sets will continue to grow. It could be someone like Roger Sanchez playing a live set at Hi in Ibiza and that same set being streamed on a giant screen to other clubs around the world. Roger could be playing in Ibiza, Vegas, South Africa and Australia at the same time on the same night! There will also be more and more live remixing of tracks with the ability to play a baseline from one track, the drums of another and the vocal from another. I’m so excited about the future. I love technology!”

Paul’s new book, A DJ’s Guide To Success, is available as a paperback and e-book from his website now. Click here to take a look.

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Avtar Thethy


I have a ‘Goldmine’ of ideas, that, if elected, I will endeavour to implement and achieve top results.


Equal partnerships with manufacturer’s and service providers within the DJ sector.

Strengthen existing relationships and look for new participants to drive us all forward.

Create more fund raising opportunities for NADJ.

Social Events

The 1st Internal NADJ DJ Awards evening.

We all are from the same entity, so I believe that we as a membership, we deserve equal recognition as other Associations, past present and future.


To promote the visibility of NADJ, at exhibitions and shows, both Nationally and Regionally.

Reintroduce the NADJ clothing range, with additional items.

To make myself as the National Chairman more accessible to existing Members in all classes of membership, and new ones – introducing new opportunities for the membership as a whole to perform at top level events and functions.

Allowing the membership to “air” their views as we go on, and make a positive but constructive contribution on matters that effect YOU the member.

Have standardised forms available for the whole network to use and adapt, with all Health and Safety documentation required by venues in a Welcome pack.


To be a strong chairman who truly represents the membership interests at high level meetings and events.

To maintain, strengthen and underpin the membership voice by improving the NADJ’s representative role in the open marketplace.

Empower all members and NADJ Reps to become co – creators of Change (Regional Led Projects)


Improve NADJ facilities to allow Members to deliver a more professional service in their own respective businesses, in an ever growing industry.

The development of a more social and approachable network of DJ’s across the UK.

Introduce a ‘one stop shop’ making it easer for the member and client to obtain everything under one roof.


My name is Avtar Thethy, 55 years old, married and a father to two boys.

Based in West London for last 52 years.

Running my own business LED Factory for last 9+ years.

An active and helpful member of NADJ London and I’m also the London Chairman.

I am determined, committed and will always endeavour to get the best results possible for YOU, the Member.


Existing NADJ Member, Chairman for London.

I’ve been blessed with many opportunities week in week out to attend the TOP Events up, down and across the UK – as a supplier, organiser, judge and simply as a guest.

I enjoy the creative benefits of product and service integration with the following well established AV companies daily:

Kudos Av & Kudos Music
Calibar Events
Ritzy Music
UVD Ultimate Visual Display

(There are many more.)

We are consistently facilitating well over 100 events pa. All of them different,
So you can see that not do I only talk the talk, but I am constantly and walking the walk.

I feel the Association needs CHANGE and Change for the better, It needs to recognise the huge talent that it has within and needs to promote that from within.

It also cannot have its members to have disproportionate inequality in the outside world.

I certainly have the Passion, Commitment and fully understand the hardships in running a business without help.

In talking to a few fellow members, over the last few years, I understand what is missing and what Needs need to be addressed – If you can see these gaps, then,
I am the man to deliver.

Avtar Thethy
Led Factory / NADJ

Fabio Capozzi

Change is good but change for change sake can be a sign of not understanding the true needs of what must be done. I believe the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. The Association is long overdue revision and reform that better suits the members.

A new approach to reviving the many reasons why membership is the right choice for hard-working DJs is a better understanding of today’s DJ. By helping members maintain a better work-life balance with money saving benefits or having access to advice from experienced fellow members or sharing work opportunities, it is all for naught unless there is a fundamental mutual respect towards everyone, no matter their view or standing.

Community is important to the success of NADJ and it is the huge support of the membership that we can all pride ourselves on. It is, however, inevitable that a collective of people will disagree from time to time, albeit having a common goal. It is essential that open and fair discussion is encouraged to allow opinion and debate to enhance the values that NADJ stand by. I believe that by creating a culture of positive ideas backed by action this forum can encourage us to move forwards in boosting the public opinion of UK DJs. By way of a campaign, aimed directly at the consumer, NADJ in collaboration with other associations and DJ groups, can represent the benefits of choosing a DJ that is encouraged to apply best practices towards their clients with a view to enhance their business. This path can be applied to all types of DJ, from bedroom to festival and radio and by being more inclusive and properly acknowledging these equally important types of DJ into our community, we can be enriched with their viewpoint and expertise of the industry we all work in.

Our industry is one of supplying a serious amount of dedication and excellent customer experience wrapped in an evening of fun, music and dancing. When you are passionate about your work and strive to be professional, it is a welcome relief to be able to meet, network and collaborate with industry colleagues whilst having a little fun. The branch sessions, events and gatherings that happen across the UK require dedicated committee officers to make these happen regionally and nationally. Without the hard work, that is volunteered, the branch sessions would not be possible – and I thank all of you for your unflagging efforts to run great branches. I agree with opinion that NADJ life has become overly serious and in some cases stale, adopting a tired constitution, no longer in keeping with current member needs and aspirations undermined by language that is outdated. I see the need for reform of the constitution, more inclusive language and attitude, updated to reflect the industry we work in today and instrumental in helping the membership to grow and develop by attracting younger DJs to understand how the NADJ can offer a sound platform to boost their DJ career.

All this I believe is important to make being a member an enjoyable and enriching experience but the serious business of running an association is not all about fun (not for NEC committee members anyway), it is a task that relies on consistency, diplomacy and the ability to make new relationships whilst maintain the ones we have happy. Without the support of members and the industry, no matter how much fun and energy you would like at a branch session, it will be difficult to achieve without the help of great content organised on time and with consideration – this is not a job where you can ‘wing it’… I have never winged anything. I look forward to your vote.

Alastair Craig

My name is Alastair Craig and I am a full time DJ with over 30 years’ experience of providing services to many events, including Weddings, Birthdays and Corporates.

Apart from DJ’ing I am also involved in the IT industry and have been advisory on protecting Children’s Data and more recently been involved in testing software for a leading DJ company.

Outside of work I am is a keen Scuba Diver and currently serve as the Diving Officer for Reading University in which I also act as a mentor and Assistant Instructor.

I am running for Secretary for NADJ as I feel that I can bring some new ideas as well as my organisational skills to the table, not just from my experience within my DJ work but from my other involvement in IT to which assessment, planning through to delivery  was key to my role.

At this time, I feel NADJ is ready for change and I am certainly open to listening to new ideas from the membership to move the association in a new fresh direction.

Let’s leave the politics behind and concentrate on building new relationships from within as well as looking after the ones that have already been established.

Yes, it will be a challenge for the new committee but no doubt, as D-ream sang “Things Can Only Get Better” 😊

Dave Mills

Firstly, thank you to those who felt I was worthy to be nominated for a position on the National Committee. I’m not sure I should be grateful, but I am very honoured by your faith in me.

Some of you may know me as the fun, gig addicted, rock music loving Chairman of the South Central Branch but if you don’t and haven’t seen my recent profile piece in Pro Mobile issue 95 (yes shameless self-promotion) then let me briefly introduce myself.

I’m Dave Mills; I had been a struggling DJ for many years working for an agency in Berkshire until I was invited to a NADJ meeting. The people I met within NADJ inspired and helped me to leave the agency and successfully branch out on my own. I’ve made some great friends and learned A LOT. By joining the committee and then becoming the south central chairman I have found myself in a position to encourage and support other aspiring DJ’s to do the same as myself. The range and wealth of knowledge, experience and professionalism within NADJ still floors me making me feel in awe but very proud to be a part of it all.

I am open minded to new ideas and using feedback from our members and non-members, working together as a team so everyone has a voice and every member gets something extra from being in NADJ (not just a P.L.I.) and feels part of our mad music addicted community.

*I hope I haven’t bored you to death yet, nearly there*

I would like to think that my 6 years on an NADJ committee have given me the experience required to move up to the challenge of becoming National Secretary. I am under no illusion that there is a difference between running a branch and taking on a role at national level and it’s not always going to be easy (but I hope not to the point of sitting on a chair sticking pencils up my nose, with pants on my head and saying ‘wibble’) but for some insane reason I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge.

If you are kind enough to vote me in, my main aims would be to help make the association more open and inclusive, encouraging and supporting the current membership as well aspiring DJ’s of any age and gender to join us in our mission to make the DJ industry truly recognised as a profession in a positive, encouraging way.