Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to book The Soul Jam?
The million dollar question (not literally!). The cost is influenced by several factors, including the distance we’ll have to travel for the show, the time of the performance, and the amount of equipment required for the size of venue. We only ever deal directly with the client, there are no agents taking their 15% cut and bumping the price up. Similarly, we’ve found that the prices we charge are comparable to much smaller size bands being offered by entertainment agencies. We’re very approachable, so the best thing to do is pick up the phone or send us a message.
Where are you based?
The band is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, but travels across the country to perform.
How long do you play for?
When you book the band, our standard arrangement is to provide the client with approx 2 hours of live music. This is usually split into 2 sets, the first one lasting around 50 mins and the second lasting just over an hour. If it’s an enthusiastic crowd that wants to really get involved with what we do, our shows have been know to go on much longer! We have a large selection of material, so if a client wants a longer set then it’s no problem, but it will affect the price.
Do you provide additional music?
Yes. When you book the band we are also happy to provide any pre-recorded background music or disco music for no extra cost. This is delivered from an iPad or laptop using pre-programmed playlists. The playlists are prepared with the client’s input, so we can tailor background music for a black-tie dinner as well as old school disco playlists to keep the dance floor full once the band has finished playing.
How much space do you need?
Ideally, the band needs a performance space of at least 8m x 4m. However, the reality is that many of the venues we play in – despite being (mostly) lovely – are not designed for a band this size, so we’ve been known to squeeze into some very tight spaces! We don’t need a specific ‘stage’, and often find ourselves setting up at floor level. This can actually be a great thing as it helps us interact with the audience.
How long does it take for you to set up?
If we’re playing at an evening event that begins at 7pm, we aim to arrive at the venue at 4pm to begin setting up. We’re very keen on maintaining a certain level of presentation, so it’s important that we not only sound good, but that the band setup also looks good. Weddings often utilise the same room for the daytime meal and evening reception, so in this instance we will need to liaise with the venue in order to arrange a setup time that minimises disruption and maintains the timings of the big day. However, if there is no other option than to arrive early in the day, there will be an additional fee added to the total cost.
Do you provide all the necessary equipment?
We have our own high-quality sound system that will allow us to deliver events for up to 200 people. We also have our own basic lighting rig that lights the band and provides some coloured lighting for the dance floor. Larger events – particularly corporate awards or gala dinners – tend to engage the services of professional A/V companies to deliver their specific requirements. In this instance we are happy to work with the supplier so that they are able to meet our own requirements.
Are you loud?
There are 16 of us in the band, but we don’t consider ourselves to be loud. However, you can’t turn down the volume on a trumpet or a saxophone, so if your venue has any volume restrictions it’s vital that we know about them before you commit to booking us. We have had instances of venues asking if we can just ‘play a bit quieter’. This is not the easiest thing to do when you are trying to recreate ‘Sweet Soul Music’ by Arthur Conley.
Do you need dressing rooms?
Yes. We have a mixture of male and female members in the band who change into smart clothing for the show. They will need somewhere that’s suitable in size, and ideally need two rooms, one for the boys and one for the girls!
Do you have a rider?
No! You won’t need to source white leather sofas, pick out the green M&M’s, or buy shares in Jack Daniel’s. We never insist on anything other than suitable rooms to change in. That said, musicians are know not to shy away from food or drink, so if you are feeling generous and want to put any refreshments on for us we will gratefully accept them!
Can I come and see you play before I book?
Most of our shows are for private clients, but once or twice a year we may get booked for a ‘public’ gig. These are usually ticketed events like theatres or dinner dance evenings run by hotels. We are happy to make you aware of any relevant events should you wish to see us before you book.