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

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

Funkified’s Top Ten Entrance Songs

Entrance songs are important, as they’re basically the start to your reception. Now that the formalities are over, you want to kick off your party in a way that’s going to get you and your guests excited for the night ahead. To help you out with this, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten bridal party entrances. In our experience, these are absolutely guaranteed to set the mood for a fantastically unforgettable night!

  1.  Feel The Love –The Rudimentals
  2. Crazy in Love-Beyonce
  3. Feel So Close-Calvin Harris
  4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered-Stevie Wonder
  5. Move On Up-Curtis Mayfield
  6. You’ve Got The Love-Florence & The Machine
  7. Dynamite-Taio Cruz
  8. Uptight-Stevie Wonder
  9. Walkin’ On Sunshine-Katrina & The Waves
  10. Moves Like Jagger-Maroon 5

From an industry point of view, it’s generally best to use one song for the entire bridal party. Choosing a theme per couple can be disruptive to the flow and distracting to the moment, while one strong song will maximize the impact of your entrance! However the best (and easiest) thing to do is just pick your favourite party tune (providing it’s something both you and your partner love of course). Whatever it is you’ll be pumped to hear it, which will be infectious to your guests-the perfect way for an incredible night to start :).

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Wedding Feature – Shiana and Guy

A few Saturday’s ago, we were lucky enough to provide the wedding music for a truly wonderful and very much in-love couple. Shiana and Guy hosted one of the most memorable weddings we have had the privilege of being involved with, so we thought we would share the details to hopefully provide some inspiration for others!

Who: Shiana and Guy

Date: Saturday, 11th September 2010

Venue: Sergeant’s Mess, Chowder Bay Road, Cremorne NSW

No. of Guests: 160



The Music

Band: Soulstice as a 7-piece. Featuring male and female vocals, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

MC: Funkified Entertainment wedding consultant, Gus Stephenson, performed the role of MC on the night, introducing the bridal party, announcing the bridal waltz and inviting guests to the dance floor.

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Soulstice with Singer Nat Conway


Song Requests:

Bridal Waltz – ‘Fallen’ by Lauren Wood

Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Dance – ‘Love Is Real’ by Al Green – ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac

 

 What Made Their Wedding Stand-Out

Guy and Shiana’s wedding was such a fun occasion from beginning to end. The two of them had really thrown themselves into embracing their culture, and had an emphasis on making sure everyone enjoyed themselves.

Shiana is of Sri Lankan background, so it was important to her that this play an important role in the festivities. After disappearing from the reception for 10 minutes, Shiana re-emerged dressed in a sari and began dancing to the Baila music that was being played through the PA, with Guy joining her. This celebration of Shiana’s heritage added a wonderful cultural element to the wedding, and had all of their guests, young and old, cheering her on, then getting up and dancing to the Sri Lankan music themselves.

Later in the night, throughout which the guests had remained glued to the dance floor, Guy took to the stage himself. With microphone in hand, and backed by the band, an animated Guy performed ‘She’s Got The Look’ by Roxette for his new wife, to a highly enthusiastic audience. We’ve mentioned it before – singing with the band is a fantastic way to express yourself to your partner, and really gets your guests on the dance floor. After all, you have an entire band to back you!


The Cake

Guy and Shiana’s delicious wedding cake was created by Faye Cahill Cake Design. The cake was three tiers in a pyramid shape, iced in champagne and featuring black hand painted script with the couples names. It also had two large handmade icing flowers in striking red. Flavours were chocolate mud, vanilla/rose petal and white chocolate.

Photos to come soon!

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Wedding Ceremony Music: Want Something Different?

Wedding Ceremony Music: Want Something Different?

Sick of hearing the same old wedding music? Want to make your ceremony really stand out from the rest?

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If your vision is to have a ceremony that’s anything but a cliché, then consider your music selections, and what you really want your choices to express. The following options may be a little left of centre, but can sometimes create just the right atmosphere and emotion that you’re after:

Wind Quartet

Consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, a wind group can perform the usual ceremony repertoire with a unique twist. Able to draw upon similar song list to a string quartet, a wind quartet will resonate well in a large space, and are able to perform outdoors without any problems. Having a flautist perform at your ceremony will add a romantic, lilting touch, and the support from the other instruments will serve to fatten out the overall sound.

Sourcing a wind quartet can prove to be challenging. The best method by far is to approach either an entertainment agency or well-known conservatorium. Endorsement by either an agency or music institution will ensure that the musicians are trained professionals, and familiar with performing in this setting.

A Cappella Group

If you or your partner are avid fans of barbershop quartets, this could be the perfect fit for you. Good a cappella ensembles will generally be able to perform from an extensive repertoire and will accept song requests, so that you can have a say in what you walk down the aisle to. A cappella groups also have the added positive of allowing you songs with lyrics, not just melodies. This can open up an entire range of options based on the words as well as the music.

If possible, make sure you see the group first, or at least hear a recording. There are many amateur (and sometimes out-of-tune!) vocal ensembles out there, whom you will want to avoid at all costs.

Irish Pipes

Good Irish pipe musicians can be difficult to find in Australia. However if you have Irish or Celtic roots, and would like to play homage to them, then this is something you may want to consider. Having a key part of your wedding that connects with your (or your partner’s) cultural heritage will add a personal touch (and is also guaranteed to please your relatives!).

Irish pipe players play from a range of traditional and more modern Celtic songs and ballads. This instrument is wonderful in its ability to play more than one melodic line – but it’s important to make sure you find an experienced piper. Bad Irish pipe playing is…well, bad!

Latin Trio

It may seem an odd suggestion, but if you want your ceremony to stand out from the rest, why not have a Latin band perform? Obviously only appropriate for secular ceremonies, a Latin band will inspire a fun and light-hearted atmosphere for you celebration, and is guaranteed to entertain your guests as they arrive and wait for the formalities to commence

For celebratory moments, such as the recessional, a Latin band will certainly provide a festive effect, and should have your guests tapping their feet before the reception has even started.

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The iPod Wedding

 

Weddings are expensive affairs. After the initial engagement excitement, couples are suddenly faced with planning an event that involves venue hire, catering, entertainment, bridal wear, flower arrangements – all of them offering ‘bargains’ and ‘limited special offers’. Daunting at best, the combined costs of these wedding ‘necessities’ can be immensely challenging for an already stretched wedding budget.

So when confronted with the overwhelming costs of throwing a wedding, the do-it-yourself option can suddenly appear incredibly appealing.

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One of the latest trends in the DIY wedding planning is the iPod wedding.
This involves couples choosing to skip the live band or the DJ altogether, instead opting to run the music themselves. It’s understandable – after all, your laptop isn’t going to demand money, and you’re guaranteed to hear all your favourite songs. Finally, if your guests have last-minute music requests, it’s as easy as clicking a button. Sounds like a win, right?

But before you jump onto the iPod bandwagon, it’s important you know what you’re up against.

To start with, how big are your computer speakers? Big enough to fill a room with over a hundred people? For the music to be at a reasonable level throughout the room, you’ll require at least two 400 watt speakers, paired with a mixer. Not only that, but microphones also come into the equation. After all, you’re going to want to make announcements and speeches and shouting on your wedding day doesn’t make for a great look.

Then come the playlists. Generally, wedding receptions last from four to seven hours, and music, even if it’s in the background, is hugely important in creating the right atmosphere. So to start with, you have to make sure you have enough music in your library to last for your entire reception.

Then factor in the type of music you want, and how it will change over the night. If you don’t want to be listening to the same three CD’s on repeat, you have to allocate several days to putting the playlists together, then listening to them to make sure they flow well. Consider the structure of your reception and what people will want. Do you want dancing after dinner? Specific songs for bridal party entry? Will the songs included appeal to the tastes of all your guests? And who will operate the music for your bridal waltz, and when you want it to pause for speeches?

The advantage of hiring a professional is that everything is taken care of for you. Experienced wedding bands will come with their own PA system, and hundreds of popular songs on their books. Many bands, such as The Usual Suspects, encourage brides and grooms to request songs, which they will learn specifically for their wedding day.

Professional wedding bands or DJ’s are also experts at ‘reading the room’ – after all, it’s their job! A live band can pick up on what your guests want to hear, and adjust their sets accordingly, as well as interact with the crowd to ensure everyone has a good time. They provide structure for the evening, performing laidback, background music earlier in the night, then performing dance-floor favourites later on to bring the celebration to a climax.

Going down the DIY route at weddings can be tempting – it certainly will save you money. Just make sure that you and your partner are properly prepared for it. You don’t want to get so wrapped up in sticking to budget that you forget to enjoy yourself!

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Why Have Live Music At Your Wedding?

YOUR WEDDING is a once in a lifetime event – a standout day that you will remember for the rest of your life. And when you look back on that day, what will you think of?

The dress? Probably.
Your great uncle’s speech? Possibly not.
How much you, your partner and your guests enjoyed yourselves? Absolutely.
So, how do you ensure that everyone, especially you and your partner, enjoy the celebration?

The answer is simple: LIVE MUSIC

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Your wedding day is a celebration of you and your partner. An entire event organized for the pair of you. In order for your vision for the day to become a reality, your personal input is essential. And what better way is there than choosing your own music for the day?
From group style and band size, to song choices and set types, the music on the day is all about what you want. Whether your vision is for romantic, sophisticated or all-out party, a great live group can ignite the atmosphere you want, the way you want it.

The energy that live music brings to any celebration is infectious. It comes with a buzz, a special spark, which can transform any atmosphere into something special. Something memorable. So whether you employ the talents of an intimate jazz trio, or a horn-driven funk band, live music is guaranteed to make your wedding an event that will leave your guests awe-struck.

And there’s more.

Live music brings with it a visual element that is certain to leave an impact. Hiring a great band for your reception provides your guests with a spectacularly entertaining live show, a spectacle that is a feast both for the eyes and the ears. A fantastic band will strive for audio and visual perfection, through using a state-of-the-art PA system, fully equipped lighting rig, staging and trained sound engineers. Great live music ensures that your wedding is not just any event – it is something exceptional.

So if you want your wedding to be unforgettable – for all the right reasons – go with live music.

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