Live Wedding Bands…
Today we talk to the team behind Bands For Hire. With over a decade in the live wedding entertainment sector, these guys know a thing or two about booking cool, live wedding bands; ones that know how to get people on their feet dancing.
Whether your looking for jazz or swing, rock or pop, their listed cover bands have been carefully selected to provide the best entertainment for your wedding. Come and say hello…
Bands For Hire…
First Day of School introduction of yourself…
I’ve always been passionate about singing and performing, it started with lunchtime imitations of Michael Jackson (dancing and all!) and from there went through a number of band variations and live projects. Since graduating from life as an unsigned musician, I’ve been focused on the music agency which has fortunately gone from strength to strength over the last seven years.
Tell us what you love?
Life generally revolves around my cheeky little toddlers who don’t allow for much else! But when time does allow I enjoy numerous geeky pastimes such as table tennis, playing the guitar and coding (and of course, Netflix and red wine).
Tell us a bit about your HQ…
We currently work from an outbuilding at my home which is great as it means I’m never too far away from family life. There are currently four of us in the office so we are on the lookout for a new Bands For Hire home which will allow the business to grow comfortably.
What made you start up the business?
Having spent years performing as a musician, both in originals projects and a function band, I felt that there was a gap in the market for a high-end agency that didn’t compromise on its roster. I was also working as a web designer at the time and so starting up my own agency seemed like the perfect way to utilise my combined love of music and web design.
What do you love most about your job?
My current role in the company is in artist development and marketing which allows me to focus on finding talented, upcoming musicians who are looking for a fair way of getting into the industry. Quite often, the best musicians are those working on their own originals projects, and so by signing up with us, we’re able to develop their promotional material and give them a head start without any initial outlay from the band.
What makes you unique?
We’re very focussed on our roster and we don’t make compromises, even when we really need a band or artist to complete our roster in a certain genre or geographical area. It’s taken us seven years to build up our current list of artists and the job is still far from complete!
Who is your ideal customer?
Having played hundreds of weddings and functions myself, I can wholeheartedly say that the best performances occur when the couple put their complete trust in the band. Bands play at weddings week in, week out and so have the experience to play to the crowd rather than a set playlist.
What advice do you give to make sure people book the right suppliers for their day?
It’s important for us to listen to a client’s requirements and really grasp their expectations for an event. The last thing we want is a lounge jazz band arriving with the task of getting 200 guests up on their feet to dance!
All of our bands are accomplished musicians in their own right and so it’s really just down to personal preference, quite often there’ll be a particular singer who just ticks every box with their performance and so it’s best to go with your instinct.
What makes a great wedding?
A chilled out couple, high quality suppliers who go that extra mile and plenty of free booze – but not too much!
Any future plans?
Our main focus is on expanding into areas we currently don’t cover, it can be hard to track down quality acts in the far out counties but we know they’re out there and it’s our job to make them available to a wider audience.
To find out more you can visit their website HERE
Or check out their listing in our music and entertainment section on our directory HERE