Motiv-8 disco Cumbria. This is our story, the Motiv-8 story, beginning back in 1980.

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Our Story

I have been a DJ since 1980. I built my first DJ console during woodwork lessons at Lairthwaite School in Keswick.
It featured TUAC Voyager Mixer, Garrard Turntables, and two TUAC 100w Amp Moduals.
I started out with the name Love Express Disco to gain traction in the wedding market. Business snowballed and I quickly became established with a number Keswick venues: The Derwentwater Hotel, The Keswick Hotel, The Ladstock Hotel, The Keswick Resturant, and later the Armathathwaite Hall Hotel.
Keswick Resturant 1982
Keswick Resturant 1982
Following a short stint on BBC Local Radio, and three summer seasons working overseas in Corfu and Spain, I returned home to Cumbria to follow my passion of full-time party DJ.
In 1988 I had moved to Workington and was in receipt of a Princess Trust Business Grant, and as a result the Mike Wild Roadshow was born.
I invested in the best equipment, with one aim - to be Numero Uno in West Cumbria.
As business grew the need for smaller satellite discos became apparent, and with family help two identical mini discos were deployed. They were named Flashdance and Flashpoint disco, and bookings for each exceeded my expectations.
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Mike Wild Roadshow 1989
Rafters Bar, Keswick.

1992

During 1992 I began advertising the Mike Wild Disco Services on Border TV.
The Mike Wild Roadshow gained a cyan 500mw laser, additional Bose speakers, and extra lighting.
Flashdance and Flashpoint discos both received new digital amplifiers and speakers.
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Mike Wild Roadshow 1992
Westland Hotel Loungbar 1991
Lounge Bar, Westland Hotel 1991
A view behind Flashdance Disco
The DJ Tech 1992

2000

After graduating at Carlisle University studying TV and Media. I took the business in a fresh direction.
  • Flashdance and Flashpoint discos were sold.
  • Renamed the Mike Wild Roadshow to Advance Disco with a new Nexo Sound System, and video screen.
  • I started a Wedding Video Service using the skills I learned at Uni.
  • Upgraded Cumbria Race Nights to DVDs.
  • Renamed the business to Motiv-8 Video & Disco.

2002 - 2007

While Advance Disco remained steady, I promoted the Race Night Service towards the corporate market with internet search giant Yahoo. (At the time only three race night services were listed on Yahoo in the UK.)
As a result race bookings exploded nationally, and Motiv-8's jockey team travelled up and down the country during weekdays, and (myself) in Cumbria filming weddings and DJing at weekends.
Royal Ascot Pavillions
Royal Ascot Pavillions 2004
Clip from Disco Promo 2004
Touch Screen Requests
Touch Screen Requests 2002

The Bubble Burst

By 2007, the Blair goverment began incentives for businesses to go online, Yahoo began to loose traction to Google, and I had personal issues.
This and the 2008 Financial Crisis took it's toll on business. I missed the Social Media boom, and the Race Night Service zero'd but thankfully found a new steady home with Cumbrian fund raisers.
At this time the whole wedding industry took a hit, which took a few years to recover.
We at Motiv-8 (like most businesses) have our "ups & downs", learning and developing as we go.
You can learn more about Motiv-8's history on the Motiv-8 Disco Blog.

Quick Reviews

Love the small video thank you.
Everyone enjoyed the music. Would definitely book you again in the future.
You played exactly what we wanted.
Thanks again for a great evening!
Mike was such a great DJ, the dancefloor was not empty at one single point during the whole entire night!
The karaoke was a complete hit, and he captured some hilarious recordings and photographs we will treasure!
Thank you!

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Motiv-8 Disco Cumbria
32 Curwendale
Stainburn
Cumbria
CA14 4UT

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