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

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.

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!

Wedding Band Vs. Wedding DJ

Planning a wedding is full of decision-making.
Religious or secular ceremony?
50 guests or 150?
Sit-down dinner or canapés?
Live band or DJ?

And it’s all up to two people who may have never planned an event in their lives.

Several factors will come in to play. For starters, sticking to the wedding budget is generally a primary concern, and even modest weddings come with hefty price tags. Couples also need to accommodate to the tastes of all their guests, from college friends to elderly great aunts. Most importantly, weddings are meant to reflect the bride and groom – it’s important that you like the venue, food, music etc. in the first place. After all, if you don’t have fun at your own wedding, what’s the point?

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When it comes to deciding between a live band and a DJ for your wedding entertainment, here are some points that you may want to consider, hopefully making the whole process that little bit easier:

– PRICE – A DJ is undoubtedly cheaper than a band. For a four to six hour-long reception, a DJ will cost between $500 and $1000, depending on experience and equipment. A band however will generally be priced from around $1800 up to $4000, depending on size, quality and experience. If this is out of your price range, but you still want live music, a smaller act (solo to trio) will be more affordable, at around $600 to $1600.


– REPERTOIRE – 
A standard covers band will generally have between 100 and 300 songs under their belts, while a DJ, armed with all the memory of their MacBook, may have in excess of 10,000.

However, is this really a huge advantage? Generally, a DJ will pull out the same ‘party favourites’ that the band will, with the remaining 9,900 songs being obscure tracks that are rarely requested. While the repertoire of a band is more limited, an experienced group should come prepared with a well-balanced selection of popular songs to accommodate all tastes, from Motown standards, to top 40 favourites.


– VENUE – 
When choosing your entertainment, it’s important you consider your venue. How big is the room your reception is being held in?

DJ’s take up relatively little floor-space, so if your reception venue is on the smaller side, a DJ won’t cramp up the dance-floor. Duos and trios are also very compact, so if you are concerned about space, a smaller band is still an option. If you are using a large venue for your reception, a full band will look and sound fantastic. Not only will they produce enough sound to fill the entire room, but they will also add a visual element that will suit the larger space.


– ENTERTAINMENT VALUE – 
When it comes down to ‘wow’ factor, nothing beats a great live band. Not only are they visually spectacular, they also come with an infectious energy and emphasis on audience interaction, that is guaranteed to keep your guests entertained and on the dance floor.

A wedding DJ will not be able to pull off the ‘show’ element that comes with a band. As they are playing pre-recorded music, DJ’s aren’t able to generate the excitement that is generated from watching live performance.

The advantage of a DJ lies in their ability to play ‘nightclub’ favourites, which a live band can simply not pull off. Songs that rely heavily on electronic beats and computer-generated effects are generally not convincing when performed by a standard six-piece band.

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