General details

Duo vs. Band 

What suits your occasion? A quick overview of the differences...

Price- This is the first factor, our 4 piece live band is about 50% more in price than the duo. A wedding or corporate event will be approx $850 plus travel for the duo, $1200 plus travel for band. Clubs and other public events subject to negotiation depending on distance and regularity. P.A. and full LED lighting rig included in price.

Performance time- Four hours performance time is the norm, usually 3 sets with a couple of small breaks.

Size-    Our duo takes up about  8 sq m floor area (2m deep, 4m wide), the band about 14 sq m minimum.

Song Choice- The duo uses our custom midi tracks so has the widest range of songs in many genres and suits most age groups, the full band has a similar range but concentrates on classic and especially Kiwi rock- 70's to 90's predominantly, all completely live. For weddings and other special events, we can customise our setlist from your choices, or learn a first dance song.

Setup/Soundcheck time-  The duo can be set up in as little as 1/2 hour in the ideal venue with good access, the band is normally about 1 hr minimum.

Sound volume- The duo can control sound level completely, in the band situation a live drummer sets the overall volume, but we are still at a good level for most situations. Both lineups use the Bose sound system which has a small footprint with excellent front of house performance.

Overall- Our duo offers a reasonable price with a wide range of songs, 2 vocalists with live guitar and keys. Our band option offers a fully live version which highlights the human element more, dynamics with addition of live bass and drums, therefore more adaptability to the event.




A successful set list 

OK, you're a band, you have a great range of songs that individually work, but how do you put them into a 15-song or so bracket that always works?
Ever wonder why you sometimes play 2 or 3 great songs in a row, and the next one has all those dancers leaving the floor? 

The easy answer is tempo- use a metronome in practice to accurately gauge the tempo for the version of each song you play, and always move forward, like a DJ. 
Once you get up to about 160- 180 beats per minute (bpm), it's time to drop right back to a slower tempo like 90 bpm- (reggae- waltz) etc, or around 110 bpm. 

So after working through an ever increasing tempo range over 10-15 or so songs in different feels, drop back. Sometimes for ballroom dancers you can mix it up even more- eg. a waltz, (93 bpm) then foxtrot (124 bpm), latin (135 bpm), pop rock (145 bpm), rock & roll (160 bpm) and then repeat.

You may find that the crowd especially likes tempos around 120 - 135 bpm, this is a very common sweet spot, but you can't play all night at that tempo, you have to mix it up. First set try a range of styles & tempos, see what works and use that knowledge to tailor the rest of the night.

Another theory (if you have time) is to always move up in keys, e.g. one in C, then E, then F# rather than going down. Don't play a lot of songs consecutively in the same key, it gets monotonous very quickly. 

Mike Lynch