What do you love most about your job?
Singing and music have always been my passion since I was teeny. I remember being about 7, maybe 8, and making tickets for my mum to come to my room and watch my show. Being on stage and singing my heart out is what I do best. I love singing at weddings and I love singing first dances that mean a lot to people,that's always very special. I also love when we play big corporate parties at amazingly glitzy venues. Every gig is different, and it's always really rewarding.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I started Beat Connection in 2002 because I wanted to be able to make my own choices. As a singer, you have a decision to make: you either sing in someone else's band and sing the songs they pick, wear the uniform they choose, at the events they book, with the musicians they auditioned. As a pretty pro-active person, I like putting together the package and dealing with clients. I wouldn't say I am a perfectionist, but I definitely have very high standards, so I didn't want to sing in bands that didn't meet those. I wanted to create the best band I could and feel proud of what I had created.
Why should our clients choose you?
Because we really do care about doing a great job for them, and we are professional whilst also knowing how to get your party started.
Beat Connection is not an average band – but a professionally run show. There are many reasons why they are more expensive than other products on the market and here are some of them.
They are fully professional.
This means that you are getting professional musicians, as opposed to people in 9 til 5 jobs that get together on a Saturday night for a gig. These guys’ job is to be a musician. During the week, they will be found practicing their instrument, rehearsing as a band, doing the odd bit of private music teaching, gigging, working on the band as a business, then practicing some more. They care that you are a happy and satisfied customer, because they love what they do and that’s also how they pay their mortgage. If you book someone whose loyalty is in their day job, and you are not happy with the band, just ask yourself whether or not they would they care that you don’t book them again or don’t give them a reference. It was only a bit of fun for them anyway! Beat Connection will be on time (if not early!), will not drink alcohol at your event, will be extremely polite and courteous to you and your guests, will arrive smartly dressed and will conduct themselves with total professionalism. Mixing this level of modesty and professionalism with a rocking performance on stage is what makes this band so different.
They are experienced and know what makes a client happy.
Beat Connection started back in 2002 (under the name of “So Excited!”) and has been playing at an average of 53 events per year. That’s a lot of playing and a lot of happy clients. But don’t take our word for it, have a look at the Past Clients page of this website and see for yourself what past Clients thought of the band.
All of their instruments and equipment are of professional standard.
This is really important and it can make or break your night. You have been there, haven’t you? You went to see a live band, and they were actually really good, but their performance was spoilt by sub-standard equipment. The musicianship of a band can be great, the choice of songs spot on and they might save you a few pounds, but the poor sound quality, crackling leads or the humming of the speakers just ruins it for everyone. Beat Connection use only top of the range sound equipment and instruments. The trumpet player’s trumpet alone cost him more than it would cost you to hire out the whole show!
They have never cancelled a job, and there is no way they ever will!
Beat Connection takes your event very seriously. Cancelling a job is not an option. Beat Connection have gone out of their way to ensure that each member of the band has more than one fully-rehearsed up “understudy” who is capable of standing in and delivering a flawless performance at very short notice.
Their set up looks tidy.
Beat Connection pride themselves on their attention to detail when setting up the stage. No cables on the floor, no amps stood on chairs, no sheets of paper everywhere. All the singers use wireless microphones and in-ear monitors (which means there are hardly any leads in the first place) and extra care is taken to ensure the stage is clear of any clutter and is atmospherically lit.
Their repertoire is extremely wide. Jazz, Swing, Rock’n’Roll, Themed Events, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul… you name it. Beat Connection play the music that you want to hear and not just their favourite stuff!
They play longer!
Most bands play 2 shows of 60 Minutes. Beat Connection, as seasoned players, have the stamina to go for 2 sets of 70/75 minutes at a time with the same energy of when they first got onto the stage.
All the paperwork is in order!
They have invested in Public Liability Insurance and regularly have their equipment PAT tested.
No embarrassing pauses in between songs.
Have you ever seen a live band that was great, but they kept stopping for what seemed like an eternity and never seemed to know what they were going to play next? Beat Connection believes that time in between songs should be minimal, if there at all! They want to keep your guests dancing and having a great time, not give them a reason to leave the dancefloor. Most of the band’s songs are arranged in a medley format (where songs run into each other and there is no break at all), and when they don’t, we ensure we know what songs is next and you won't even have time to re-adjust your tie before they’re off again!