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Choosing the right event music group is one of the most important decisions event organizers must make. In this case it could be you!
Hiring the musical group for weddings or events will depend on the atmosphere you want to generate at the event: the emotions that arise, the surprises you want to give, the discretion that the event itself requires or the climate that your event must maintain.
Think about what and why:
Live music has to be appropriate for each type of audience or event.
You will also need to consider, among other things, the configuration and size of the performance area, which will have an impact on the type of music group you want to hire.
We have prepared this small practical guide of 10 things to keep in mind when booking and hiring a musical group like AMBIENT WAVES – Cocktail Band
We are going to talk to you from the basics: what is a music group for events ?, music styles, sound equipment, as well as a useful set of questions to ask your music group when you are about to hire.
- What is a music group for events?
Music groups that perform at private events such as weddings, corporate events, birthday celebrations, etc. They predominantly play cover songs that often vary in styles and generally have song repertoires spanning several decades.
- Ask yourself: What are my expectations?
Before booking a music group for an event , you will have several things to consider.
The first thing on the list should be: What do you expect from performing live?
If you’re in charge of hosting an event or party , you should have an idea of what your guests will want. So, ask yourself, will they want something upbeat that will get everyone on the dance floor? Will they want to be quiet and the ideal would be live music that encourages dialogue?
Be clear about your answers to continue detailing which music group you need for your event.
- Type of event What type of event am I organizing?
This is something very important to consider before you start looking at different musical groups .
If you’re hosting an intimate dinner for senior CEOs at a glamorous estate, it’s highly unlikely you’ll want to hire a 12-piece urban pop band to blast the entire venue with lively sound.
So, keep that in mind. The music group you choose needs to adapt to both the configuration of the venue and your guests to have the best impact.
Here we tell you the importance of knowing your audience .
- Know your audience
OK. You are clear. You want to have a music group for events .
Then you must seriously consider your audience. It is essential to take into account musical tastes and if this is not possible, take into account the demographics of the attendees: Do you know the age groups? Social background? Business sector? Everything is important so that your guests feel 100% in the mood that interests you.
Many of the music groups have dynamic repertoires full of hit songs and multiple genres over the years, up to the most modern charts.
From Ambient Waves we tell you that all of these songs can be adapted to specific types of audiences or age groups.
And… how do I know which musical adaptation will be perfect?
- Musical style
Groups are waiting to provide live music and entertain audiences. They will often have varied repertoires. But… What if you want your live music to be versions of all eras but with style and elegance? Something delicious and delicate? Maybe something like swing, jazz, bossa nova , or modern songs with jazz language and improvisation?
It’s very simple, contact our music group Ambient Waves for weddings and events. In addition to a repertoire that covers multiple genres and decades of music, such as great classics, renowned hits or the latest releases, at AMBIENT WAVES – Cocktail Band we will provide you with the best service so that everything turns out perfect.
And here comes something that you may have already taken into account… or should.
When having a live music group you need to know the “stage” ; the area of action.
If you have planned to hire a group of four musicians, it will generally consist of a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist or pianist, and a singer. This music quartet, with its instruments, occupy a space of approximately 4 x 3 meters. Which means a little handshake.
Additionally, you will need space for the speaker system and mixing console . A priority is to make sure the band you are hiring can fit in the performance area of the event hall or restaurant.
If your event takes place in a gala, business or low-key environment, the last thing you want is to have a large speaker immediately next to a guest table.
It wouldn’t suit you either, an acoustic duo at the opposite end of a large conference center, from where their sound will be completely lost.
So… what equipment should the music group have?
Most professional artists will provide all the equipment you need for the event. This includes musical instruments , sound equipment for attendees, microphones and all relevant cables. Some can even provide lighting and some extras. However, in some cases, you may be required to obtain some types of sound equipment.
Whether it’s sound equipment or some lighting, if you hire a music group from abroad, it may require the use of instruments that cannot be transported by plane.
We can help you with all that from Ambient Waves – Cocktail Band . We have communication with many audio equipment suppliers and are more than willing to discuss the requirements of our jazz music group for events.
Okay but… How much does it cost?
- Prices and rates of musical groups
The available budget (or to understand us quickly), what you can or want to spend, is going to have a big impact on the type of music group that ends up playing at your event.
This budget, whether it is tens of thousands of euros, or perhaps a little less, uses the same principles for everyone. The larger the band (number of members as well as status) the more it will cost and consequently, it will deliver a more defined sound and a brighter show.
Seasons, days of the week and type of event can also have an impact on costs.
It will also depend on whether they have to move, stay…, if they have to add per diem.
The rates or prices of music groups for events range from €500 for a solo singer, to €1,500 for a music quartet.
These prices or rates must guarantee that their musicians are registered with Social Security, that they have their own civil liability insurance and include a minimum sound equipment for 200 people.
- Recommendations and video samples.
On paper, many bands, like anything else, may seem like the perfect choice for your event. But the best thing you can do is check it out for yourself.
You can ask them for promotional videos, visit their Instagram, see live videos, photos and even see some of their previous clients, to compare them with your event.
Do you want to know more about what we can offer you at Ambient Waves – Cocktail band?
We are Beto and Ester and we are available to inform you about our jazz quartet and the entire Ambient Waves – Cocktail band team.
But… we also want to know more!!
- Leave us your opinion.
Point number 10 is so that, if you can, you take a few seconds to tell us your opinion. Leave us a comment about what other things, in addition to those mentioned, you would take into account when hiring a music group for weddings and events.