What sets you apart from the rest as a wedding musician?
I started out as an original artist playing in Sydney’s intimate blues and jazz venues, and later wrote tunes in many styles from pop to rock and funk to folk. So when I learn a cover song, which a bride and groom might have requested for their special day, I love making it fresh and special.
When I see their faces on the day I know I’ve made their moment genuinely memorable because I’ve made the song unique for them.
Being an accomplished original musician as well, what are some of your achievements?
In recent years, I’ve been lucky to win a number of awards. As a solo musician, I’ve toured Australia many times over and played at iconic venues like the Annandale Hotel in Sydney and festivals like Bluesfest, Peats Ridge Festival, and Sydney Blues Festival.
Most inspiring to me has been the awesome artists I’ve supported, including Josh Pyke, Diesel, Custom Kings, Harts and heaps more. Seeing the best do what they do pushes you to be the best you can.
What genre of music do you play and what are some songs couples can expect to hear at your wedding?
For a ceremony, I often play a really warm, emotive style, usually with ukulele and voice or acoustic guitar and voice. I’m there to enhance the vibe, and I’ve always had a great response from couples in the past.
During canapés, I generally play mellow and cool stuff, like Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetics and an MGMT song on the ukulele!
At the reception, I take all the vibey, spirited, uplifting songs I know and play them in a folky and fun style, especially as the night goes on. People are usually pumping out awesome – and sometimes not so awesome – dance moves by the end of the night and we always have a great time. This is usually when Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and Michael Jackson get pulled out of the bag.
What song would you choose for your wedding dance?
My wife and I did our first dance to ‘Someone Like You’ by Van Morrison
What are your thoughts on booking live music versus a DJ for a wedding?
From experience, I think live music makes people feel more in the present moment and that they’re all enjoying something special together. Both vibes are good in their own way, it depends entirely on the couple.