Why Choose Steelasophical

Why Choose Steelasophical for your special occasion?

Why Choose Steelasophical

Why Choose Steelasophical for your special occasion?

Why Choose Steelasophical for your special occasion?

Why Choose Steelasophical:

The concept of a Steelasophical Steel Band Experience is one that is relatively new here in the UK (very popular in the States and across the Caribbean), and it is one that has been developed and evolved from the well known and beloved traditional steel band. In its most simplistic terms imagine a fusion between high quality Steel Pannist, live latin percussions (duo option) and a first class DJ music service – Add to that the musical equivalent to being as soft and gentle as a String Quartet, to being as vibrant, pulsating and loud as an 8pc caribbean band. Options of Caribbean mobile DJ service and live vocals – thats a lot to think about when comparing our services to other entertainment providers

‘Price is what you pay and value is what you receive’ – A quote from Warren Buffett …

There is a difference between a Steinway and a Monington, the latest iPhone and a basic mobile handset …. Jimmy Choo, Manchester United, Premium and budget brands

Searching on the internet is not always easy to identify reliable, quality brands and services thats are proven, trusted, respected, global quality etc .. a piano is a piano, they may be different sizes, collars, configuration – but they all do the same job so on that basis it is easy to just compare on things like price and size … same goes for a Gibson or Stradivarius .. try booking UB40 for the same price as Johnny and his Melody Makers – value is relative and relevant!

What makes us so special:

We use the finest musical instruments important in providing the purest and melodic of musical sounds full of richness, harmonious harmony; hand crafted and tuned by arguably the best steel pan tuner in the business; a man who was the mentor for so many of the successful tuners around today
For live percussions we have ‘Timbales’ inspired by the great musicologist and father of Afro-CUban Latin Jazz Tito Puente, the father of Salsa / Afro Cuban music

I play a double set of steel drums

with up to 4 mallets – allowing Melody and Harmonies to be played simultaneously (the music work of 3 steel drums Tenor / Double Tenor and Double Seconds)
We are not just musicians but musical entertainers. There is a difference between thinking you are being paid to play your steel drums, have a good time and be fed and watered, and understanding that you are there to provide a service to your customer and their guests in creating the perfect mood through music and performance
We provide Caribbean themed backdrops and selection of LED lighting and FX – all geared towards bringing that feeling you are being presented with a little piece of the caribbean – by visual means

We perform along to quality backing music

which gives the flexibility to accurately control the entire dynamics and volume to cater to any size venue – we have a choice of two systems JBL and FBT
You also get a DJ service which means when the band stops for a short break, there is not just a wall of silence, but the music backdrop is maintained seamlessly by providing suitable recorded music during this period (and it is very important to have an interval and build a mdic stage)

25 years in the entertainment business:

Trusted, respected and emulated
Signed to world music giants ARC Music Inc Prod Ltd since 1998
Music albums selling word-wide in over 42 countries
Music used by multimedia & advertising agencies all over the world
Music track licensed to Sony Music USA and used in the James Bond Movie Casino Royale
Winning musical entertainment performance on ch4’s Come Dine With Me
performances on UK TV and National Radio

Six Sigma – the value you don’t see:

We are 100% professional .. this is what we do for a living, so overheads are many
Maintenance, tuning, testing of equipment / stage wear / tax returns / travel / advertising / marketing / seo / breakdown cover / insurances / PAT certification / investment in equipment and new music
Even our car houses 2 inbuilt Sat Nav systems … one being a large screened map and the other the top of the range SmartNav Active system which diverts around traffic in real time
We have £10,000,000 public liability insurance
Health and safety risk assess every venue and performance area

Over 100 core songs

in more than 14 genres allowing for adaptation to create the perfect ambience and musical backdrop for any occasion, audience number , age and musical tastes
To perform for you at 6 we aim to arrive at 4pm, at the very latest 5pm – this is to ensure that even if there are any mishaps along (raffia, accents, breakdown etc) we give ourselves the best chance of arriving in good time
We also build in a percentage of tolerance to allow for an early start or later finish – we do not have the mentality of it being ok to arrive late and stopping the music bang on time regardless

So by the time we load up, drive to your location, setup, perform, pack away, arrive back to base and off load – that would be no less than 7 hours in total

The proof for us is the feedback we receive after a booking – knowing that we have added value to peoples lives even for just a few moments

Before going into music full time back in 2008

I was employed as Contracts Manager for the UK’s largest building services company. There too was the frustration of having to compete with Joe Blogs doing it for half the price – it is easy to be cheap and operate without many of the legal and moral requirements. When you play music as a weekend hobby you can be flexible on price, values and level of service .. I have experience going back to 1982 playing steel drums, keyboards and drums with many of the traditional steel bands around the country. I was also an agent booking steel bands all over the country, so very familiar with this industry as a whole and all the pro’s and con’s

I thank you for getting back to us and I truly do hope you receive good value from your choice of entertainment.

You never know what you’ve got until after the occasion

and so in some respects it is a bit of a lottery even after reasonable du-diligence

There are some amazing steel bands out there! You have done well to source them, as many bands I know always take that weekend off to attend the Nottinghill Carnival

If nothing else this is a gentle reminder that we must do better at getting our message across to potential clients and not be too dissuided when we fall short

Kindest regards

G a r y

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