AN HONEST “YORKSHIRE MAN’S GUIDE” TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT BAND FOR YOUR EVENT
Myth buster alert !
Promo videos – all bands have to have them as agencies insist on them.
BUT Less honest bands will tell you that a promo video is their actual live sound and that is how they sound at your wedding/event, Err!! Lie ! Truth ! – a promo video is recorded and mimed to studio sound, which can make a mediocre musician amazing ! an amazing musician – fantastic. Unfortunately, there are far more mediocre musicians than amazing ones. I learnt this lesson in my teens – Frankie Goes to Hollywood, (yes ! I am that old), played at St Georges’ Hall Bradford in the early 80’s. They were just terrible live, hardly any of them could play an instrument. Google them and listen or ask your dad, Their MTV Videos were great ! Just like some of the bands you are looking at the moment !
Completely dishonest Promo vids.
Vocalist or duo?
Some clients are attracted to instruct a vocalist or duo. For the drinks reception – yes ideal but for a night of dancing as tempting as it is – don’t. A band needs stage presence and importantly to dance you need a strong drum and bass beat. Duo’s etc do not have this unless on backing tracks which is not live sound! False economy. Whilst on that point ensure the band have a PA system which has separate bass subwoofers. These as the name suggests, are for the sub frequencies of the kick drum and bass. As humans, it is that innate trigger of sub sounds providing a “beat”, we respond to by dancing to it. No rocket science in that – everyone knows it.
3 piece bands
A very popular option due to price. Unless you like the sound of the Fratellis all night – not enough instruments for a rounded sound and repertoire. You have the occasional 3 or 4 piece band that will actually advertise they have as good a sound as a full 7 or 8 piece band because they add backing tracks to their mix! It makes you think what else they add – does the bass player really play bass then since the mix contains backing tracks? What happens if the computer providing them, crashes?
Jazz and Swing bands
Yes amazing and there are some excellent out fits about but that is what they play, jazz and swing. This is of course very specialised and unless you can guarantee all your guests are all fans – it won’t work. If you are catering for a wide audience of all generations, you’ll needs to have a broader repertoire. Get them in for the drinks reception, very cool and creates a great atmosphere, but a gamble for the main event.
Same applies. Some amazing ones around but for a wedding or special event where the guests only know 2 or 3 of the songs – it has to be a practical “No”, however much you like the band. We have seen so many of these instructed, so unless you know the guests are all fans of a particular band, then disaster beckons.
Consider this, who is your event/function really for?
For weddings in particular, it is about providing entertainment for the most important people in your lives – the guests. You must have your guests talking for months about the entertainment you provided.
For charity events cheapening the entertainment is self-defeating as you need the guests to come back again, if they are not entertained they tend not to. Furthermore a good band will up the ticket sales. So you must look at all the options and take the time to get it right. Or just instruct us and we will do everything required! Seriously though, take in all your options, short list the bands you are interested in and take time to see them live. Some will say, you can’t so see them at studio where they practice. If they don’t have a studio to practice in, then that saves you time as they can instantly be removed as all bands need studio practice time. Most quality bands like ourselves will perform regular charity gigs. The offshoot of that is the patrons are more than happy to have couples attend to see the bands live.