Party Band Wirral

Party Band Wirral

Cheshire and Merseyside Band Slinky Prove Major Corporate Success
Slinky are a North West party band that have been playing around Liverpool, Birmingham, Preston and the whole of Merseyside since 2003. Covering all genres of music from the rock and soul influences of the 1960’s up to hit 2000’s tracks from Snow Patrol, The Script and Kasabian, the band have proved to be a musical success at weddings, conferences and functions for over nine years.

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Wedding Band Liverpool

Wedding Band Liverpool

North West function band Slinky have been playing across Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire and the rest of the UK since 2003. The party band are made up of lead bassist and producer Aaron Croxford, Nick Studholme on guitar, talented drummer Damien Williams and the Wirral’s Stuart Brierley on lead vocals.

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Wedding Band North West England

Wedding Band North West England

Forming in 2003, Slinky are a North West party band specialising in covering brilliant rock and pop music from the 1960’s through to present day 2000’s. The band consists of four male members including Damien Williams on drums, Nick Studholme on guitar, producer / bassist Aaron Croxford and Stuart Brierley on vocals who leads the ensemble.

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Wedding Band Chester

Wedding Band chester

Cheshire wedding band Slinky have been performing their renditions of the hottest rock and pop anthems across the UK since forming in 2003. The band consists of four male members including Damien Williams on drums, Nick Studholme on guitar, producer / bassist Aaron Croxford and lead singer Stuart Brierley, and the foursome have made a name for themselves across Manchester, Liverpool and Merseyside.

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Meet The Slinky Band

You know us through our music and you have probably seen us play at a wedding or a party that you attended. You loved our music but do you know who exactly we are? You must be thinking that we are just a bunch of guys who thought music to be the greatest option as a career because we just love it more than anything else in this world. Talking in literal terms, you are right to a great extent. You have seen our passion for music but did you see the efforts by all the four band members to come together and someone else’s day so special?

You met our music through that party but now this is the time to meet us. The four of us came together with a dream to come up with the best wedding band from the North West England had seen in ages. We were able to fulfill this dream and are still in the process of achieving greater heights but did you ever think about the kind of effort that goes into achieving all this? Well, even if we give everything to our music we have nothing to complain about because our music has returned the favor in a magnified amount.

To let our audience know what The Slinky Band is we come up with blogs, news, and photo shoots of ourselves so that people would know who Aaron, Damien, Nick, and Stu are. Well, we have given a lot about ourselves through our video but were you able to infer the actual meaning from it? Even if you were not we will help you in knowing more about the four of us.

Aaron is the base of the band that is why we have referred to him as Mr. Bass. He is the root and the person who maintains the balance of the band on the ground. We depend on him to hold the band together and he performs this responsibility of his in the finest manner. He is the support system of the band and makes us stronger as a team.

We call Damien as Mr. Beats because he comes up with the best beats to boost the morale of the whole band. He is the one who helps in creating an identity of our own amidst all the covers that we play. He helps in bringing the unique and personal flavor of the band in each of the compositions that we play. A big shout out to Damien for helping us in creating a style statement of our own.

The Axeman aka Nick takes us to another level by always coming up with something new and fresh for the band. This talent of his never lets the reputation of the band come down and helps us in coming up with something that will definitely satisfy the ears of music connoisseurs.

Finally, we talk about Stu who happens to be our Frontman because he is the one who leads the band and leads us forward. He is there to act like a true leader and takes responsibility of being the face of the band because of his vocals. He takes upon his shoulders to lead the band forward and will do everything in his capacity to make the band reach greater heights.

All four of us combine our efforts to make what The Slinky Band is today and work even harder to take it a step further as the ultimate wedding band in the area of North West England. We not only want to provide people with some classy music but also have the aim of making the special days of people even more special through it.

3 Tips for Hiring the Perfect Wedding Band

If not handled properly, hiring a wedding band can just add to the stress of planning your big day. This is why we are easing at least one aspect of your stress, so you can pay more attention to the others. A perfect wedding is everyone’s dream, and making it stress-free for the bride and groom will just add to its glory.

So you probably want a wedding band that suits the theme of your wedding, and looks extremely professional. And of course, they have to be amazing singers that produce only the best music which has everyone joining the dance floor.

The first question is how do you find a wedding band?

When looking for the perfect party band, you come across a wide variety of options. But the safest way to go about this is by shortlisting the ones personally recommended by friends and family. If this doesn’t work for you, try searching online for the best wedding bands in your area. Google is sure to help you out with searches such as ‘North West Wedding Band’ or ‘Liverpool Party Band’ for example. Even though they have not been sourced from a direct recommendation they have definitely done something right in order to gain their reputation online.

After reading testimonials and reviews see what they can offer you and how promising their work is, along with their charges.

When you’ve shortlisted the potential candidates to just a few, talk to them and see if they can get you to view one of their live performances. If not, they are sure to have a video recording of their band which you can view and finalize your wedding band.

The next question, are their charges reasonable?

If you are on a budget, this can be the most significant factor for you, and it might even be the deciding one. You can talk to the bands online before visiting them to get an idea of what their prices are and the services they offer. You can even discuss if they have any package for the season. While getting to know about the price, you also need to know how long they will play, how many breaks they need to take, what their most popular package is, will they charge for travelling, do they take song requests and any other query you might have for them regarding their price and services.

Finally, the most important, yet frequently ignored question: is there any deputizing?

You need to make sure that in case of any emergency, is there a backup singer they can provide? Most people overlook this factor and it can completely ruin your wedding day if the lead singer falls sick or isn’t able to perform. Make sure there are depping musicians available on call to cover up for any such case.

These are some of the most important questions one can ask a band before hiring them for your big day. Feel free to clarify any confusion and any other questions you might have to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Just a quick update

Hi!

Just a quick update to let you all know what the Slinky band are up to!

So we’re halfway through November, it’s freezing cold and the Christmas party bookings are coming in thick and fast! We’re at the 30 James Street hotel in Liverpool this month as well as gigs in Leeds and Manchester, and we’re pleased to see lots of you are asking for classic rock at your corporate functions and private parties this year. Plenty of requests for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen – and we love it! We also cover modern pop, 1960’s rock, motown – you get a little bit of everything from our repertoire with us so everybody is on their feet!

If you want Slinky scoring the soundtrack to your table dancing at the office Christmas party this year, the time to book is now. Our function band plays all over Liverpool, Chester, and Lancashire at Christmas and always puts on a show that will make your corporate event a night to remember.

Until next time, follow us on our Slinky band Facebook page and keep an eye out for our #TestimonialTuesday hashtag for first-hand feedback from our clients!

Slinky

The Beautiful Wedding of Ben and Gemma

Hello!

It’s been a while since our last blog but we have been busy performing up and down the country all summer! Slinky have been the wedding band of choice at various parties and functions, most recently the beautiful wedding of Ben and Gemma up in Cumbria.

Linthwaite House Hotel,
“the performance on the night was brilliant - Slinky got people dancing and their energy was infectious.”
Our job is made even more fun by working with such wonderful clients

Linthwaite House Hotel, overlooking Lake Windermere, provided the picturesque setting for Ben and Gemma’s day and we had a great night entertaining the guests.

We were even joined by The Voice UK contestant Georgia Harrup who opened our set with the first dance for the bride and groom.

The couple were pleased they had chosen Slinky as their wedding band, writing after the event that they were happy with our “great communication leading up to the wedding” and that “the performance on the night was brilliant – Slinky got people dancing and their energy was infectious.”

Our job is made even more fun by working with such wonderful clients who are eager to party! It was a great night and we wish Gemma and Ben every success for their future together. To see the full video testimonial, give the Slinky band page a “like” on Facebook for access to all of our video clips and various other cool bits and pieces about what we’re up to. We will be blogging regularly to let you know what we’re doing, and you can always email us via the website if you want to make a booking or just generally get in touch – until then, happy November!

Let the countdown to the Liverpool Christmas party season begin…

Slinky

Function Band Slinky on Copyright Battles

It was when we were rehearsing one of our most popular tracks earlier this year, ‘Uptown Funk’ (as a party band we have played this track a lot this year – it is a real floor filler), that we realised how much it sounded like something we had heard before, perhaps at a school disco back in the day! The song was ‘Oops Upside Your Head’. Sure enough, a quick Google search revealed that we weren’t the only ones to have noticed this. The Gap Band had noticed too which ultimately resulted in them being added as co-writers of the song, earning them 17% royalties.

There have been many high profile copyright battles between artists over the years. A recent one involved Robin Thicke and Pharell over their song ‘Blurred Lines’. The family of Marvin Gaye claimed that the song had plagiarized Gaye’s 1977 song ‘Got To Give It Up’. This was strongly contested by Thicke and Pharrell who admitted to being influenced by the song but denied any infringement of copyright. Despite their protestations they were order to pay Gaye’s family US$7.4 million in damages. What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp7Q1OAzITM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU

One that seems pretty indisputable is the Ghostbusters theme, released by Ray Parker Jr in 1984 but claimed by Huey Lewis to have been copied from his track ‘I Want a New Drug’. Lewis had originally been asked to write the theme tune for Ghostbusters but declined as he was busy working on the soundtrack for Back to the Future – it was a good year for movies, and soundtracks! Listening to the two tracks it is hard to imagine that Ray Parker Jr could really have denied the claim. Who you gonna call? Erm… my lawyer. In fact it didn’t come to that. They settled out of court.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKWW5-jr5Y0

When Vanilla Ice released ‘Ice Ice Baby’ in 1990, it seemed pretty obvious that he had sampled Queen and David Bowie’s track ‘Under Pressure’. His mistake though was thinking he could get away without asking permission and crediting them. Initially claiming that he had slightly changed the melody, he later admitted to using the sample, and paid up!

Musical history is indeed littered with these cases. Take the track ‘Fight Test’ by The Flaming Lips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcFKlEfu_eU which sounds so much like ‘Father and Son’ by Cat Stevens that Stevens now receives 75% of all royalties from this song.

Considering Cat Stevens gets 75% royalties you have to feel a little sorry for Belgian songwriter Salvatore Acquaviva who took Madonna to court claiming that her 1998 hit ‘Frozen’ had been copied from his own track ‘Ma Vie Fout le Camp’. The judge agreed and banned Madonna’s track from being played on Belgian TV and Radio. Harsh. Whether it’s subconscious or just a case of artists seeing what they can get away with, even some of the seemingly coolest songwriters around have been accused and found guilty of plagiarism. From Led Zep, to George Harrison, From Coldplay to Radiohead.

What do you think? – do you know of any songs which sound strangely like someone else’s? Leave us a comment.