In the past fifteen years the team here at Live Music Management have heard the term “cheesy party bands ” used both as an insult and as a recommendation. We have found that one man’s cheese is another man’s gorgonzola!
Now that we have confused ourselves as well as anyone reading this blog let us explain what we mean.
Cheesy used to be used as an insult to describe any form of entertainment that wasn’t cool. So Timmy Mallet or Tony Blackburn would be described as cheesy party DJ’s and Black Lace or Brotherhood Of Man would be seen as cheesy party bands . Then we all discovered irony and cheesy sometimes meant cool.
Certainly some of the bands which had previously been thought to be cheesy became cool. The best example of this might be ABBA who had been considered cheesy for a generation and then were rediscovered as cool by the following generation of pop fans. There are hundreds of other examples of music which have gone through this process. In fact some of the acts rediscovered by indie kids in Huxton have been in and out of the cheese mongers for a decade or more with acts like Supertramp and ELO who were long thought to be cheesy now considered to the at the heart of cool and even the music of Stock, Aitken and Waterman going through a cheese to cool transformation on the Ipods of the cool kids of London.
In the night club industry Live Music Management used to be asked to provide a cheesy DJ for a particular night. Then we were told not to provide a cheesy DJ and to make sure that the nightclub DJ was party and not cheese .It all becomes very confusing even for industry professionals like Live Music Management and so God knows what the one off hirer of a wedding DJ might make of it all.
For function bands wanting to maximise the number of bookings that they want to achieve it is worth looking at the concept of musical cheese in the same way that you would the stilton in your fridge. If you are in a cheesy party band then you need a certain amount of cheese to make the recipe work but if you add too much cheese then the whole thing is going to be ruined.
Live Music Management have a number of cheesy party bands on our books but we like to think that they are all cheesy but cool party bands. If that’s the kind of band that you want to book for your wedding , party or event then give the Live Music Management office a call. We even have some budget bands available for clients looking to hire a live band on a limited budget.