THE WEDDING DJ WHO MAKES IT A CLUB NIGHT
One More Tune DJs will provide you with so much more than great tunes, and that’s a promise. They’ll give ya sweaty, fist pumping, anthemic activity that will render your guests wondering whether they’re at a wedding or back on a dancefloor in their heyday. As opposed to your classic now-here’s-one-for-all-the-lovers wedding DJs, they’ve DJed all over the UK, Europe and North America, at T in the Park, at London’s KOKO, and between 2003 and 2012 at their own club night in Glasgow called “Pin Up Nights”. Guest DJs at their club nights (although not guaranteed at your wedding, soz) include The National, Florence Welch, Tony Wilson, Alex James, Tracyanne Campbell, Brett Anderson, James and Dok (The Twilight Sad & Chvrches), Adele & Scott (Sons & Daughters), and Aidan Moffat. Acclaimed bands who have performed live with them include MGMT, Wild Beasts, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Miaoux Miaoux. So, without further ado – let’s get to know ’em ourselves, shall we?
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I’m John D. McGonagle. I’m a solicitor, a DJ, and a speech writer. I live on Albert Drive, which has been described in the Scotsman as “Scotland’s most ethnically diverse street”. It’s home to the Tramway Theatre, the Glasgow Gurdwara, and me.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE
If I’m in work doing Lawyer Stuff, I look out at George Square and the “People Make Glasgow” sign, which is fantastic. If I’m at home preparing DJ sets or writing, then my workplace is wherever my 3 year old boy can’t find me.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
From 2003 to 2012 I co-ran club night Pin Up Nights. Organising and promoting increasingly elaborate parties added a bit of variation to the day job of being a lawyer. (There’s nothing like having to leave an important meeting to rearrange flights for a hungover Eddie Argos.) Some of the great people who used to come to the Pin Ups parties started getting married, and asked if we could DJ. We were delighted and flattered to get involved in their big days. In regard to the speechwriting, I started off being a kind of script doctor for panicked best men. I would delete references to ex-girlfriends, brawls in the student union, vomiting – that sort of thing. I’ve only ever actually been a best man once, for my friend Stuart, who years ago accidentally chipped my tooth in The Garage one night with a beer bottle. I kicked off my speech with “every time I smile, I think of Stuart”.
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
Of all the weddings, engagements or birthday parties that I have DJ’d at, it’s hard to pick a particular favourite. They’re all so different and the fun can come from unexpected sources. I do have fond memories of a particular wedding where I felt guests were peaking way too early. I played “The Gambler” just to clear the floor a bit, but it was like throwing fuel on the flames, and even more people started dancing. It was absolutely ridiculous, but made me laugh.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Bjork, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Carole King. Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Woody Allen, Mo Farah, Henrik Larsson, Billy Connolly – I know too much about all these people. I suppose I particularly love songwriters and comedians. On the subway this morning I was listening to Frankie Boyle’s “Prometheus” podcast (where he reads out his Guardian columns from 2015) and I was involuntarily laughing out loud at the various ways in which he believes the apocalypse is imminent. I also really like the Adam Buxton podcast, Desert Island Discs, and “Here’s The Thing” with Alec Baldwin – who has a voice like molten liquid honey.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY
I work Mondays to Thursdays at Lawyer Stuff so I am typically in the office on those days. On Fridays I’m with the family.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
I seem to find myself loitering about the Tinderbox in Buchanan Street quite a lot. It’s really nice. I have 2 young kids so I’m not out as much at night anymore and not as up to date on restaurants. There are several nice bars in Strathbungo, and the Sparklehorse chaps have just opened The Bell Jar in that area too. I used to go to Nice n Sleazys far too much. The last time I was there the big guy on the door looked at me and said “my boy, all grown up”, which was a touching variation on “ho pal, are you drunk tonight?”
FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?
Pollokshields Burgh Hall, House for an Art Lover and Sherbrooke Castle are all excellent. (They are also all, entirely co-incidentally, near my house.)
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON
Wedding guests being respectful if the bride and groom decide NOT to end on “Loch Lomond”. It’s their day, and their choice. Deal with it, and don’t abuse the DJ!
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
“80% of success is showing up”, which I think was said by Woody Allen, although not directly to me. A shame, as I would then have said to him “don’t end up marrying your step-daughter Woody, that’s really creepy”.