DJ Live is a new concept on the UK live music scene. It features a group of live musicians (usually singers and solo instrumentalists) performing alongside a DJ. In a nutshell, it's a DJ with live musicians.
What instruments accompany the DJ in DJ Live groups?
The most common instrumentalists to play with the DJ are saxophonists, violinists, percussionists and guitarists, as well as singers – possibly up to three or four, with a mix of male and female singers.
What makes DJ Live unique?
DJ Live isn't like a conventional function band. Most bands include more "supporting" instruments, such as bass guitar and keyboard. With DJ Live, however, the only instrumentalists are those who frequently perform solos – sax, electric violin, trumpet, percussion, lead guitar.
With DJ Live, the rest of the sound and harmonies, which would traditionally be provided by the backing band, are provided by the tracks selected by the DJ.
The groups often feature LED or light-up instruments, especially the sax. Another way of describing this musical combination is as "DJ and live music" or "DJ with live instruments" – the perfect accompaniment for a wedding reception in a tipi or marquee, at a corporate event or spectacular product launch.
DJ Live groups can usually perform almost any type of music. The most commonly requested styles are 90s, RnB, Motown, house, soul and funk, as well as drum 'n' bass and UK garage.
The trend is moving towards more current dance music, rather than the classic pop and rock tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s that many standard function bands perform.
The exact cost will depend on the number of live musicians you book to play alongside the DJ. The average cost for a 4-piece DJ Live group is £2,300.
If you wanted to add more musicians and singers then the cost will increase accordingly.
Many of our groups feature all-female line-ups, including female DJ, female sax and electric violinists.
The groups bring the DJ centre-stage (rather than hiding at the back of the stage).
DJ Live groups are also sometimes referred to as a "DJ band hybrid" or "DJ band combo" – as they combine the best of both worlds: live music and instrumentalists with the professional mixing and backing tracks provided by the DJ.
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DJ Live is becoming increasingly popular as a choice by couples for their evening wedding music.
Couples want the flexibility that comes with hiring a DJ – the ability to choose their own songs that they want them and their guests to dance to at the wedding.
But DJ Live goes one step further and creates much more of a spectacle than a single DJ. Just imagine the sax player roaming amongst your guests while the DJ plays your favourite tunes. It's guaranteed to get the crowd wild!
DJ Live is also frequently booked on FixTheMusic for corporate events and product launches. Brands that want to book something a bit edgier and more dynamic than a usual function band find that DJ Live ticks all the boxes.
DJ Live is a really popular choice with the younger generation of clients and guests, so as a trend it's not going anywhere and we at FixTheMusic predict it will only get more popular over the coming 2-3 years.
Many wedding couples agonise over whether to book a DJ or a function band for their wedding. Both have their pros and cons, and many people (including your wedding guests!) will prefer one or the other. The great thing about DJ Live bands is that they can satisfy everyone's tastes. A professional DJ who can mix tracks and read the crowd, combined with the added spectacle of live musicians with cool and funk instruments (such as light up saxophone, bongos or trumpet) and live singers – it's pretty much the ultimate musical entertainment experience!