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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by MaryMay, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. MaryMay

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    Hi,everybody!
    I lives in the Bedfordshire area.
    My friends and i want to hold a birthday party for another friend in May, now we are searching for a good band.
    Everything seems not so good, owing to our budget.
    we have been quoted from £800 - £3200. But below £600 is much better for us. some people have suggested us to try a DJ, but that will be another feeling.

    I am looking for some advice
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    Uhh.... my advice would be to post your question on a forum related to bands. This is an Information Technology certification forum. :blink :biggrin
     
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    Any band worth their salt hikes up their prices for private gigs.

    I'd suggest having a look at who's playing in your area. Look in the local papers, local music forums, myspace etc. Check out any band who might be suitable, go and see them is the best bet.

    Make sure you get a sound system quoted in the price as well, you really don't want to have the extra hassle and expense. Also make sure you have a way of playing music when the band isn't playing, you can't squeeze much more than three hours out of any band so you'll need something, unless it's a very short party.
     
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    LOL - 'random' doesn't even begin to describe this post :biggrin
     
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    In the OP's defence this the "off topic" area of the forum :p :D

    Still random nonetheless :D
     
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    Can't help with the band but if you want a female solo singer for anything from 50's to modern day stuff then my GF could help as she sings all over Beds and Northants as well as North Lincs:p
     
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    Seen as though this is an IT forum, why not get a local tecchie to hook up a pc to the speaker system and run music from there all night.
     
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    LOL! Great first post!

    My advice? Look for a 'Pub' or 'Club' band who have had the 'penny drop' with regards to getting out of those pub/club gigs. These type of bands can be very good but they're yet to realise their earning potential...so as a result they'll charge below £600 for functions/parties. After a few years they'll realise that they can get £1000+ and will alter their fee!

    Get out to the local pubs!
     
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    I have to agree with drum_dude, there are plenty of good bands playing in pubs that would jump for a 400 quid gig. Just walk up and ask them during their break.

    Also, bands are very loud, if this party is to be held in a residential area. you might be better off considering a duo, with a drum machine (sorry drum_dude) as drums alone can bring about a flurry of neighbour complaints. been there, got the t-shirt. 8)
     
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    Somehow I missed the main point of my post, which drum_dude and Bluerinse have covered.
    Pub bands are cheaper than function/corporate bands and should be within your budget.
     
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    No need to apologise mate. Last July I stopped using acoustic drums at our gigs as I went out and purchased a Roland TD9-KX e-Kit. It's sounds flippin great, near enough feels like a real kit and can be controlled via the desk to the PA. Also means that no-one in the group has a fax machine sound in the ears after a gig. Obviously, as a result all the intruments can go through the desk with back-line only being used for monitoring purposes. The overall volume can be controlled by the desk's master fader.

    E-drums are still somewhat of a taboo amongst drummers as they've still got the 80s association. But the technology has come along way since then and this kit - in my opinion - is far superior sound-wise then an acoustic kit. It also means that all those 80s tune that were impossible to cover can now be done as the Roland contains all those 80s effects :) I love it!

    If you want to hear it in action check my band's website at www.thebsharps.com and click on music. You'll find a few 'Live' tracks where I was using the Roland.
     
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    Wow.. yeah, gotta admit that modern Japanese technology can blow your mind of all past expectations. the latest gismos can wipe the floor with my Roland TR 505.. lol those were the days. i still use it to good effect, and one day maybe, i'll get around to purchasing a Yamaha DX7, to demonstrate me keyboard skills.:p

    In the mean time, i'll make do, with my olde axes, the dusty Les Paul standard, the vintage strat, the aged Rickenbacker 4001 and the Washburn RS 10V. not to mention the Guild accoustic.

    As Mary once sang.. those were the days my friend, we thought.. ah never mind, we were wrong.

    :git:bigcry:drummer:berrr

    You're band sounds the nuts BTW!! big ups to ya 8)
     
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    The 'Hung Up' tune uses the Roland TR 909 patch....the 808 is on the module too. I think the 808 was used in Joan Jett's I Love Rock n Rock.

    Yeah the band's coming on quite well - I was forced to change the entire line up last September. Still a bit rough around the edges but it's nothing that time can't sort!
     
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    Sounds great. love the sounds. :thumbleft
     
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    I cannot believe this thread is now two pages long. :blink
     
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  19. wizard

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    I know, crazy isn't it? :D

    Just hope this member isn't "Band on The Run" :twisted:
     
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