Is Mike Francis
the right DJ for you?
"Mike's likeable and non-intrusive manner makes him stand out from the rest. He has the 'less chat and more music' approach down to a tee and it's refreshing to see that in a DJ... although his TV audience-warm-up skills do come in handy sometimes!
He's REALLY easy to work with, and he's incredibly low-maintenance. Whether it's an elegant dinner dance, a fun family celebration, or a deep club event. He knows exactly what works, although he'll always take direction.
Mike's especially good at up-market weddings and corporate events but he's no stranger to house-parties, and the occasional nightclub. Overall I feel he's at the top of his game.
As always, the value of your DJ lies with 'ability' and 'results' In this profession, you get exactly what you pay for."
Sarah Wallis. Event Planner
DJ MIKE FRANCIS
Originally from a tailoring and fashion background, Mike has been playing in nightclubs and party venues since the mid 70s, in his formative years, alongside scores of stand-up comics including local celebrities Foo Foo Lammar and Bernard Manning.
But it was after sharing a stage with DMC champion Chad Jackson (Hacienda), that his serious love of mixing started at 42nd Street Nightclub in Manchester, in what was to become known as the Summer of Love, '86, the birth of house music.
At this time rubbing shoulders with Double Trouble’s Carl Brown, Lee Guest and Rebel MC, Neneh Cherry, Ruby Turner and Lisa Stansfield.
42nd Street was originally owned by Manchester United Legend George Best and called “Slack Alices” for George to drink in.
After successfully stepping sideways into indie in the ‘Madchester’ era, a short spell training as a TV Audience Warm-up host followed by some time at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Mike has spent years hosting private parties for event planners and DJ agencies around the North West, but is back once again on the deep house music scene and continues where he left off, with a dedication to quality music, an infectious enthusiasm to host incredible parties and to pursue his unquenchable passion for music.
Although he still picks up his guitar every now and then, his mixing skills are stronger than ever thanks to inspiration from veteran Ibiza DJ Carl Cox and the influence of Kaliki’s Pete Zorba. Zorba plays regularly some of Europe’s finest clubs from Space Ibiza, Sankeys and The Zoo Project.
Add to the mix some newly acquired skills from sessions with Manchester’s Kreature, another DJ on the world stage, and the future offers up a whole world of opportunity.
Mike has also found a new mentor in Manchester born DJ & Music Producer Mark Bradbury, Aka Rudosa, a ‘Sankeys Manchester’ Resident DJ with releases and remixes on such labels as, Stereo Productions, Deeperfect, Wow! Recordings, Clarisse Records, Extravaganza & Area Remote. Delivering a high output of sleek, intelligent yet driving strain of house and techno.
Said Mike in a recent interview, “I tried the club DJ life in Spain years ago but after eighteen months of 16 hour days and too many Heroin dealers I decided England was the place to be, maybe I should reconsider?
…for 2020 though, apart from the obvious DJ work that I love, I'm feeling the call, once again, of the TV-Audience Warm-Up world”.
In 2015 Mike’s long-standing indie-club residency ‘Dreamers’ was turned into a play which was Nominated for the Manchester Theatre Awards. Sally Carmen (Shameless) was the lead actor.
Radio & Event DJ Mike Francis
My name is Mike Francis and I have been a Professional DJ for more than 25 years! My career started in the night clubs of Manchester and has since blossomed into a profession that has given me the opportunity to work at numerous high-end venues across the North West. VIP is simply my brand name.
The prestigious Gold Level DJ Mark Award has been the recognition of my efforts through 3 decades and my professional approach to every single party. If I had to sum up my performance in a single phrase that would be “Keep the dancefloor packed”
I use dancefloor classics, build from more downtempo songs early on to hands-in-the-air floorfillers by the end of the night! Above all, I know what works well and I create natural, fun and unforgettable parties!
Many DJs think that their job is to steal the show. Not me. It’s YOUR special night and YOU and your guests are the centre of attention. My approach is 100% “cheese-free” so don’t expect any inappropriate shouting over the mic!
I take great pride in my polished and understated presentation, keeping YOU happy and satisfied! By choosing my services, you can rest assured that there will be no silly props or flashy costumes, no harassing your audience, no childish “everybody hands in the air" shouts or inappropriate remarks.
My years of experience have taught me to adapt, especially with older crowds, who are more challenging to satisfy. I have great confidence in my music and you can rest assured that all your guests will have a great time!
And if you prefer a reserved and trendy “posh city-club” experience, don’t forget that I’m a highly experienced nightclub DJ too, and I can mix tracks of all genres live on the spot for a unique club-like experience!
Above all, I want to be a part of YOUR special night and make sure that YOU have fun!
Great night thanks Mike highly recommend Fantastic professional service. Very organised and made our night fun filled. Thanks a million Mike Clare L
We really loved it thank you, everyone was happy and I have had loads of feedback from my family and friends and they really enjoyed it so thank you again. Molly J
You were absolutely fab last night everyone was speaking so highly of you. Will definitely use you again myself and recommend you!! Alex K
Hi Mike - Just to say a massive thank you for a fantastic night’s music - lots of excellent feedback about you which is well-deserved. A brilliant night enjoyed by all Jackie L
Thanks again Mike we had a great night loved the music will leave a review for you if you like? Ryk
Hi Mike, sincere thanks for all your efforts last night. You made the night run so smoothly. Steve R.
Am I the right DJ for you?
Now that you know a little bit about me, you’re probably wondering if I’m the right DJ for you! I have a very specific style and what I do isn’t right for everyone.
I aim to bring a club vibe to every party and wedding, avoiding the expectation of the annoying cheesy DJ chatting nonsense on the mic all night long - - although I’m never too shy to get involved with the crowd and I never miss an opportunity for fun!
Put simply, I provide music throughout the event so you and your guests have a blast. I bring live mixing and the high-energy dancing experience you would expect from a club but I make it event-appropriate by catering to all ages, tastes, and styles.
I'm adaptable, especially with older crowds, who are much more challenging to satisfy. So, whether you want lots of 50's classics and oldies, a 70's 80's and 90's diva disco or an all-out EDM dance party, I’ll provide a great night based on great dance music.
I’m really, REALLY easy to work with, and I am incredibly low-maintenance. My clients often tell me I’m the one thing from their event that they didn’t worry about, and I like that.
I’m not interested in stressing you out or making you jump through a bunch of hoops, and you can give me as much or as little direction as you feel comfortable with. I’m happy to help wherever you need me, and if you would rather just let me “do my thing” then that’s fine too.
If this sounds good to you, I would love to work with you. If you don’t think I’m a good fit for your event, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to refer you to one of my DJ friends or wedding MCs who would be a better fit.
If you still have questions just get in touch. I can’t wait to hear from you!
DJ Mike Francis