The Comeback Of Live Bands!
I formed my first band in the early 90’s and have worked hard to keep them and my subsequent acts contemporary, edgy and young though still sophisticated and capable of performing a wide variety of material. Up until perhaps the late 90’s live bands ruled though, of course, there were still plenty of good DJ’s for those who preferred to hear music as the artists performed them or because of budget issues. Then, a trend began of many bands falling by the wayside as a higher percentage of brides started to hire DJ’s. I believe that part of this had to do with a huge influx of talented competitors as well as occasional economic factors.
I was never really concerned and kept my nose to the ground with renewed energy to find creative ways to keep my acts so good that brides would have no choice but to book them! I also developed my current philosophy of “Entertainment Design,” which involves a far higher level of creative pre-planning with our clients. The overall benefit that came out of the influx of DJ’s and their success rate was that bandleaders, across the nation, had to figure out ways to beat the trend, which consequently led to better and better bands.
As the rise of DJ’s continued, a sort of hybrid developed which was and is the existence of DJ’s who hire various musicians to perform along with the artists’ tracks. This was their way, in spite of inherent limitations, to add some visual excitement to make up for the lack of energy that a lone DJ has on stage.
In recent years, a new genre of extremely highly paid celebrity DJ’s have come along, which also incorporates costly concert style lighting and massive high tech video screens. For the most part, these celebrity DJ’s can only be afforded for large events such as festivals and arena shows.
In spite of all this, our current decade is clearly showing that having a live band is once again the preference. Why? A “live” band obviously provides far more stage energy and the better ones also have self contained emcees or one or more lead singers who have a well-honed skill to interact with a party. However, that has always been the case. The difference is the rise of televised festivals and prevalence of incredibly energized stage performances in a multitude of outlets including award shows and technical advances that allow us to digitally experience some of the excitement that concerts provide. The general public came to really understand that absolutely nothing beats the sort of motivational energy that a truly great live act can generate.
This is especially true for weddings. You’ve got all your best friends and family gathered together under one roof for one evening to celebrate you and your love! Everyone wants to feel the dynamism that a highly talented group of musicians and singers can share along with their connection with you and your guests!