At LMM we are constantly on the look out for new talent.
We hold regular audition nights for DJs and bands throughout the UK and we thoroughly vet the dozens of emails we have from new acts every week in order to sort the “wheat from the chaff!”
For the past six months or more we have been particularly focusing our attentions on finding new acts in the South West of the UK.This is,in part,because we have been searching for bands that will rock Bristol Walkabout on their brand new Friday night live event.
The search for new bands in Bristol has took us in several directions.There have been calls to contacts in the area asking for their recommendations,a trawl through emails from covers bands in the area,calls out to our many existing DJ contacts in the area,some serious legwork and a helping hand from the sales manager of the Bristol Walkabout.#
Unusually for LMM we also did a bit of internett trawling.
Looking at bands websites and working out whats quality web design and whats a quality band is an art form on its own.I can fully understand how newcomers (ie brides and grooms or other private clients) who are not used to the difference between a pro studio recording, polished to make a mediocre band sound great, and a rough and ready live recording, making a great band sound just a little bit mediocre,are sometimes duped into paying over the odds for a bog standard band.
I had an amusing,if somewhat annoying and depressing,experience with a three piece band from the Bath/Bristol area.I won’t name them here but look out for a smartly dressed band wandering around expensive wedding venues in their youtube videos.They were a young, reasonable band who were obviously at the start of their career.In one sense exactly the kind of band I was looking to try and nurture in order to bring them up to the standard that we need for our venues.Unfortunately with the aid of some web design and a pro video this band were not interested in playing public events.They were already getting massive fees from private clients duped by the video and the web design and paying over the odds for what was,in effect,a pub band.
Anyway I digress.
We spent some weeks searching for talent in the Bristol area but one name kept coming up.
“There’s this awesome singer at college in Bristol on the music course,” the sales manager was told.
“Have you heard Stacy yet?She’s really good,” a musician contact of mine said.
“You should check out Stacys band” we were told by a guy on the same music cause.
Eventually we got hold of Stacy,checked out her band and find out that the rumours were true…she was a great singer,great front woman and had a great band.She’s a nice reliable person as well so she ticks all the LMM boxes.
In contrast to the three piece band mentioned above The Tone Clones want to work.They want to play public shows,weddings,events,holiday camps….bring it on they say.They love to play and they want to earn some money but they are modestly priced for an act of their calibre.They would rather be out working than sat at home watching ” Dancin On Ice.”
And so The Tone Clones are our number one new band in the South West.Check them out on their web page here http://www.lmmuk.com/band/The+Tone+Clones and call the office for further details about this brilliant Bristol based wedding and party band ready to roll for functions and events.
By the way we are still on the look out for new bands in Bristol and so if you are in a covers band and think you could rock a city centre venue give us a call or send us an email telling us about your band.