twentysomethings at Matt & Tenille’s Wedding

twentysomethings are our most recently signed act and they’ve been making a seriously huge impression since we started working with them in early 2014. A 4-piece outfit consisting of lead vocals/keys, guitar, bass and drums, these guys have a flexibility and sound affiliated with a much larger lineup; owing majorly to front woman Tash’s masterful handle on both lead vocals and keys, and additional backing vocals from the rest of the band. Their dynamic, Like A Version style take on current Top 40s tunes and retro favourites conveys both an edginess and a fresh, exuberant energy totally unlike anything else on the Sydney covers scene; culminating in non-stop dance floor vibes. Subsequently, when Tenille and Matt approached us with the brief for their wedding reception – a good mix of classic and modern tracks that would keep their guests pumped and moving – we knew twentysomethings would be a perfect fit.

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Having selected a range of  both new and vintage soul-funk style hits to be played on the night  (including Uptown Funk, Cosmic Girl, The Way You Make Me Feel, I Want You Back, Signed Sealed Delivered and Get Lucky), as well as a cheeky cameo of Living On A Prayer, Matt and Tenille managed to provide something for every demographic in attendance. The couple also chose the following songs for a few stand out moments in the night:

Bridal Waltz: Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran. Matt and Tenille put a personal spin on this current wedding darling by having Matt’s sister sing lead with the band. A very nice touch!

Bouquet Toss: Single Ladies – Beyonce. Everyone knows that this one was made for the bouquet toss!

Garter Toss: Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake. With its noughties-nostalgic r n’ b dance groove, this was a great track to finish the night on.

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Congratulations Tenille and Matt! We had a blast working with you guys in the lead up to the big day, and we’re absolutely thrilled that you loved the band!

All the best,

The Funkified Team

Congratulations Kristy & Ben!

What a lovely couple  Kristy and Ben are! We had so much fun collaborating with them in the lead up to their wedding at The Boathouse in Palm Beach. As a member of the wedding industry (currently working as part of the wonderful team at WEOA), Kristy found us after watching our MD Gus give a talk at The Wedding Planner Workshop – apparently his presentation on our live acts, namely The Usual Suspects, made her rethink her decision to book a DJ for her entertainment!

The brief Kristy gave us was for her guests to have ‘an amazing time and be up all night dancing! I really want it to be an ABBA and John Farnham free zone’ – which with TUS was certainly something we were able to deliver. Ben and Kristy chose the following songs for their special moments:

Bridal Party Entrance: Feel So Close – Calvin Harris. That drop never fails to get the party started.

Bridal Waltz: The One I Love – David Gray. A personal favourite of the bride and groom.

Farewell Song: Everlong – The Foo Fighters. The lyrics ‘And I wonder/When I sing along with you/If everything could ever feel this real forever/If anything could ever be this good again’ convey a beautiful message of togetherness, as well as so much love and positive hope for Ben and Kristy’s future together. After the official farewell, Kristy came back into the venue to request a cheeky last-minute encore of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson. This feel-good crowd pleaser was the perfect high to end the night on – when the groom ends up crowd surfing, you know it’s been a good gig!

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On the monday following the event, Kristy sent through a little note that absolutely made our day. Our whole month even.

Let me just start by saying….. WOW – WHAT A BAND!!!!!!!
We had the most incredible time last weekend, the dance floor was packed all night, I have had countless people ask me who the band were and how I found them, followed by ‘best band ever!’. From the very beginning TUS had people on the dance floor and many never left – there was one point where I walked away for a second and when I came back I couldn’t even find room on the dance floor – lucky for me though I was the bride so was able to kick people out of the way ha! 
So many people have said it was the best, most fun, wedding they have ever been to – and I honestly believe if it weren’t for the The Usual Suspects the feedback wouldn’t have been so amazing. I don’t know what else to say but thank you, I am almost disappointed I won’t be getting married again, but if I do I will be sure to book The Usual Suspects haha! Ben would say the same thing so I don’t feel bad 🙂 
Again, thank you – the usual suspects helped make our wedding day one of the most memorable, amazingly fun and best days of our lives.

Thanks Kristy and Ben! It’s been so fantastic getting to know you guys and it was a complete pleasure working with you both!

All the best,

The Funkified team

Funkified’s Top 5 Favourite Party Songs For 2014!

We’re often asked for our favourite dance-floor fillers, and for our first blog of the new year we thought it could be fun to take a look back at what you guys were moving to throughout 2014! Each of these songs work amazingly well when played by either a live band or a DJ, and will bring even the most reluctant dancer to their feet. So without further ado, here’s our Top 5 for 2014. Let us know in the comments if you agree!

5) Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Representing Swift’s seamless segue from Country music to Pop, Shake It Off’s uptempo rhythm and catchy hook mingle cheerfully with its punchy horn-line and playful, humorous lyrics; resulting in an instant crowd pleaser.

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4) No Diggity – Blackstreet ft. Dr Dre & Queen Pen

Having experienced a recent revival owing to the 2012 Chet Faker cover, the Blackstreet original was one of our most requested songs of the year. A powerhouse rap single that was ranked at no. 32 on VHI’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s, No Diggity brings a welcome nostalgia element along with Blackstreet’s trademark energy and timeless vibe.

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3) Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

A late comer to 2014 and a short-priced favourite to become the no. 1 song of 2015. Topping charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, the MJ-influenced funk anthem fuses 70s horn lines reminiscent of Earth Wind & Fire and KC & The Sunshine Band with Mark Ronson’s trademark dominant bass and kick-heavy electronica – it’s been playing on repeat in our office ever since its release.

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2) Happy – Pharrell Williams.

Possibly the most-played song of the year, but we aren’t sick of it yet! A family-friendly fave, it’s the ultimate feel-good hit. Featuring a jaunty beat complete with catchy handclaps and fresh, exuberant vocals, you can’t help but sing and dance along to this one – no matter how ‘over it’ you claim to be!

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1) Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams

Technically released in 2013, but we aren’t even close to done with it. A fresh, modern take on the classic disco style; owing to the harmonious collaboration between French house music duo Daft Punk, ‘Grandfather of Disco’ Nile Rodgers and the smooth vocals of Pharrell Williams. Get Lucky is 70s funk meets present-day electronica, an intoxicating fusion which has been succinctly described by Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker as being ‘as close to magic as pop music comes.’

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So that was 2014… Looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings!

Til next time guys,

The Funkified team.

Salt Strings in the Maldives!

We’re ridiculously excited to announce that we’re about to undertake our second international gig in 6 months! This New Years Eve, Salt Strings will be playing at the exclusive Velaa Private Island in the Maldives – check out these photos. Heaven on Earth!

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Looking forward to this incredible collaboration! May there be several more to come. Stay tuned in the upcoming months for news and pics from the girls trip – we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

With love from the team at Funkified Entertainment

Ellipsis at NRL Grand Final Day!

So great to collaborate with the NRL again for Grand Final Day! Huge Congrats to the bunnies – what a game! Here’s a few of our fave snaps from the Ellipsis boys view of ANZ Stadium from The Legend’s Room:

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Awesome snap of bass player Steve with Dragons star Johnny Raper!

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Fantastic day! Thanks for having us!

Congratulations Sineva & Jim!

Sineva and Jim’s reception was a truly unique and awesomely festive affair; combining elements from their Samoan heritage with The Usual Suspects’ go-to set list of current Top 40 tunes and old-school classics. They opted to further personalise their night with a traditional solo dance by the bride to ‘Tama Samoa’ – written in 1991 during the Rugby World Cup, inspired by the performance of the Manu Samoa Rugby Team – and by having her cousin Jennie sing ‘Le Manu Tagi e’ – another Samoan favourite – as a dedication to Sineva’s late father. When interspersed with The Usual Suspects renditions of party tracks such as ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ (Whitney Houston) and ‘Get Lucky’ (Daft Punk), there was a really fantastic vibe in the room – the overall aura of love, warmth and fun really something special!

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Sineva and Jim chose the following songs for the other formal moments of the evening:

Bride & Groom’s Entrance: Happy – Pharrell Williams. ‘Happy’ has become a hugely popular choice for entrances of late, and it’s no mystery why. Its infectiously upbeat nature sets a great tone and it’s just the perfect introduction to the celebratory section of the night!

Cake Cutting: Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars. Romantic and heartfelt, this is a great accompaniment to what is always a rather poignant moment.

Bridal Waltz: Kisses In The Moonlight – George Benson. When it comes to your first dance, you can’t go wrong picking a personal favourite!

It was really wonderful to work with Sineva and Jim, and it really made our day when Sineva sent us this beautiful note after the wedding:

We wanted to send a quick note THANK YOU and TUS sooooooooooooooo much for making our wedding an amazing one.
 
 Our family and friends haven’t stopped raving on about TUS and me, Jim and my sister Ivona were beyond impressed and so proud to have TUS play at our day!!!!!!. We were blown away when we heard your demo’s but you exceeded our expectations on the night. The team were absolute professionals, really warm and friendly and unbelievably talented . WOW!!!! Awesome, amazing! We can’t stop smiling.
Congratulations guys! All the best for your lives together – if the wedding was any indication, they’re going to be absolutely filled with love and smiles! X

Congratulations Tanya & Matt!

Tanya’s biggest priority for her wedding was that people would dance. She wanted a band with an energy and repertoire that would guarantee that the dance floor was never quiet and her reception would be one that her guests would never forget. Fortunately, a work friend put her on to The Usual Suspects, and a vision was fulfilled.

Tanya and Matt had very definite ideas about what they wanted to hear on the night and brought a whole lot of suggestions to the band in the lead up to the big day. Must-haves included The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Michael Jackson – once we saw these names, we knew we were going to love working with them; and that The Usual Suspects would indeed be a perfect fit! For the special moments in the evening, the happy couple chose the following:

Bridal Party Entrance: September – Earth, Wind & Fire. Starting the party with a disco classic!

Bride and Groom’s Entrance: Finally – Cece Peniston. Showing their sense of humour with a subtle bit of tongue-in-cheek. ‘Finally’ is not only a hilarious choice for weddings, but a go-to dance floor hit.

Cake Cutting: Everything I Do I Do It For You – Brian Adams. A sentimental option always works well to heighten the moment.

Bridal Waltz: At Last – Etta James. Effortlessly beautiful and so romantic – this classic is a bridal waltz favourite for a reason.

Farewell Song: Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles. Ending the night on yet another humorous note!

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Congratulations Tanya and Matt! It was a pleasure to be involved in such a wonderful celebration, and we hope your night was everything you envisioned and more!

Congratulations Steven & Kate!

Fort Denison is such an incredible venue to work with. Nestled in the gorgeous Sydney Harbour, this iconic, heritage listed site always makes for a truly unique event experience. Which, of course, made it the perfect spot for Kate and Steven’s elaborate, Gatsby themed extravaganza!

As a massive fan of Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby, Kate wanted her wedding to be as dazzling and as epic as the film itself. Our DJ Damo entertained guests with some vintage jazz standards, mingled in with pop favourites from the movie’s soundtrack – the end result was an authentic 20s vibe with a fun and modern party edge. The marquee looked absolutely amazing draped in delicate fairy lights; and the bride was stunning in an elegant, flapper-inspired lace gown.

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The couple stayed thematically on-point for the special moments of the night, opting for the following song choices:

Bridal Party Entrance: Crazy In Love – Emeli Sande. The catchy, quirky cover of the Beyonce hit from Lurhmann’s masterpiece set the tone for the night perfectly!

Bridal Waltz: Power of Love- Gabrielle Aplin. This dreamy piece was absolutely lovely and so, so romantic for the first dance. They chose to liven things up afterwards by kicking straight into A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie, Q Tip and Goon Rock (also from the Gatsby soundtrack) – definitely got the dance floor going!

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Farewell Song: Young & Beautiful – Lana Del Rey. Winding down the party with this hugely ethereal and magically sweet track was such a nice touch. The lyrics convey such a wonderful message for Kate and Steven’s future and these perfectly planned musical details really brought the night together!

Congratulations Kate and Steven! It was great working with you guys and we wish you both so much for your lives together – if the wedding was any indication, they’ll be filled with romance, happiness and fun!

The Vogue Australia & Argyle Pink Diamonds 2014 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

Vogue Australia and Argyle Pink Diamonds are synonymous with several things – luxury, beauty, elegance, to name a mere few. As such it goes without saying that The Vogue Australia & Argyle Pink Diamonds 2014 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender was a perfect depiction of these enchanting qualities. Hosted in the Shangri-La Sydney’s Altitude Restaurant, the event utilised the venues glittering harbour views to compliment and perfectly enhance the gems on display. Luscious arrangements of cream and blush roses and enormous, pearly white orchids continued on the luxury theme; and guests were serenaded by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Mozart’s Divertimento’s, courtesy of Salt String Quartet. Displaying the central traits of the Classical Style – clarity and balance – these pieces, Bach’s in particular, are known for their parity of individual melodic, rhythmic and harmonious elements; rendering them a natural accompaniment to the diamonds that are described as one of the Earths most mysterious, captivating and miraculous natural treasures.

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It was truly our pleasure to work on such an outrageously gorgeous event. As an added perk, the Salt Strings ladies were delighted to learn that they would be dressed by Carla Zampatti for the day. As far as luxury goes, I’m not sure it gets much better than that.

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Thanks for having us Vogue Australia and Argyle Pink Diamonds! Looking forward to more collaborations in the future.