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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.