Frequently Asked Questions, have a look here for any questions you have about our live music performances...
Here are all the details you should need to know about Band de Jour and some things that you probably don't care about.
If you can't find the answer here, then contact us and we'll be happy to help.
Q: Tell me more about Band de Jour?Band de Jour is a four piece Rock & Indie covers band based in and around South East London. We play a popular mix of classic and contemporary mix of music. Our style is fresh sounding rock and indie music - a combination of old favourites and recently released charting songs. If you enjoy a mix of Absolute Radio and XFM then you'll love the songs we play. For a bit more info about the band members, have a look at our bio page.
Is it always the same band members who perform?With the exception of emergencies, Band de Jour always uses the same line up. We do have deputies who are well rehearsed and could stand in at the last moment should one of the band fall ill. We prefer not to accept a booking if one or more of our members are unavailable.
How long have you been performing together?Band de Jour was formed in early 2009. However, the members are all experienced performers having played with other bands and/or as solo artists for many years. Over the years there has been the occasional change of members, but the high standards have never been compromised.
What will you wear?As you'll see from our photos, we always wear black shirts and trousers on stage. In line with the event's dress code we can also wear jackets if necessary. When setting up, we are smartly presented (just in case our mums happen to be there!).
Are the band CRB checked?As it happens, one or more (we can't fully disclose this info), of the band members does hold a current CRB certificate, but this isn't really relevant to what we do... why would you be asking that???
Do you have any special requirements?
How do we book you?The easiest way to book the band is to start by completing our contact form. We will then confirm our availability (or otherwise) and provide you with a quote for your event. If (like me) you hate filling forms out, you can call us on 07889 379966 and we can kick things off there and then. We will however need email confirmation of your booking to secure it.
If the band are already booked, can we offer you more money?That's very kind of you, but no, we won't cancel a booking because we've got a better offer - that's no way to run a business is it??? We want you to come back to us time and time again (though hopefully not because you keep getting married). We consider our integrity to be a vital asset. If you've just won the lottery though...
If I'm booking through an agent, can I deal with the band directly?With the agent's agreement you may discuss the finer details with us. Out of courtesy and professional practice, any matters relating to payments or contracts must be discussed solely with the agent. We'd love you to re-book us for another event, which if held within 12 months needs to be booked through the same agent.
How far will you travel ?As we are based in Bromley (South East London/North Kent), we typically cover the London/Kent/Surrey/Sussex/Essex areas. If your event is further away, we may still consider playing for you but this may incur additional cost. We will confirm whether this is the case at the time off booking. For our longer trips, we have access to a tour bus (sorry, it's a groupie free zone - house rules), so in theory there's little restriction on where we can venture to given the time and an agreed rate. By the way, we're keen skiers and welcome offers for resort based tours.
Will we need to book a DJ?We can supply music before, between and after our sets at no extra cost, through the use of playlists from an mp3 player or laptop. We have pre-programmed playlists that can be used for this purpose, or you can supply your own source of pre-recorded music (all it needs is a standard headphone socket). Please let us know well in advance if you have any specific requirements.
Can we book a DJ through you too?Yes! We have trusted DJs who we can recommend and we know work well alongside us. We can co-ordinate the booking for you and provide you with a single quote for both band and 'live DJ' if you desire. If you prefer to book a DJ direct, we would be happy to work alongside them.
Where can I see you play?
How long do you take to set up?Depending on the event and venue after we arrive, it normally takes between one and two hours for us to be ready to play. If your schedule cannot accommodate this, we can arrange for extra roadies to help speed things up (we'll make sure they wash), however, this may incur an additional cost (getting the roadies along, not making sure they wash). On the flip side, we have been known to turn around a festival stage in 10 minutes.
When do you arrive to set up?We will normally arrive between two and three hours before the start of our performance, depending on the event.
Can you arrive in the morning to set up for an evening event?Yes. However, at our discretion, an extra fee may be applicable depending on the circumstances.
What if you can't do a soundcheck?It's normally possible to squeeze in a quick soundcheck (about 5-10 mins) even when running to a very tight timescale. When guests are present, we'll announce what's about to happen so that it doesn't cause annoyance (and we'll tell them when it's over so they don't think it's still a soundcheck when we start - that's the cue for them to start their Beatlemania style hysteria). If however there is no way we can soundcheck, then we will use our experience to adjust our settings during the first few songs that we play (but wouldn't you want those opening chords to sound as great as the rest of the performance?). Please advise us at the time of booking if this restriction is going to apply.
What space do you need to play in?
Will the band need a PA or special lighting?As standard, we supply our own PA and stage lighting for events up to 200 people. For larger events and events where dancefloor lighting effects are required, we have contacts within the business to source and operate the appropriate equipment (we can even scale to events where's there's in excess of 10,000 members of the public present). Please provide the number of guests and/or the venue capacity when contacting us (it's better to have an over-powered PA system that's not fully stretched than to have the band drowned out by the screaming audience).
Do you use strobe lighting?Our lighting is controlled by computer. Some of the pre-programmed sequences have strobe effects. If this is likely to cause an issue for anybody in the audience, please let us know and we will avoid those sequences during our performance. We will still use lighting that changes colour, just at a slower rate.
Do you use fog that's going to set off the fire alarms?Not as such... we like to use 'haze' to help show off the effects of the lights that we use. The haze is thin enough so that it is barely noticeable until a light is shone through it (and as Prof. Stephen Hawkins tells me, it refracts the light). The haze we use is water based and does not leave a residue. It also has no effect on smoke detectors - we haven't set one off yet! However despite this, some venues will not permit its use.
Can you accommodate a presentation etc?Sure… we'd like to plan the timing of it with you before the event so that it doesn't kill the atmosphere etc, but we'd be more than happy for you to use one of our mics at the appropriate time (assuming we're set up)... we'll even give you the nod and let you know which raffle ticket numbers we've got - 2nd prize is normally sufficient to keep the drummer happy.
We've got a DJ coming too - are there going to be speakers and wires everywhere?Great, we love working with DJs, whether we've recommended them or not. We'll speak to the DJ beforehand (with your permission) then subject to quality standards, we'll provide them with a stereo mixed output that they can play through their "Front of House" PA system. This means that there will only be one set of speakers 'out front', which is more efficient, tidier and reduces the overall amount of space taken up. We tend to use the DJ's PA rather than them using ours as they will typically carry on playing whilst we are packing up at the end of the night (it's not all glamour you know). If we are able to agree this with the DJ up front, we may be able to provide a discount.
How loud are you?We can vary our volume to the occasion and the venue, from providing a semi-acoustic option to using a 10,000W PA system that will fill a field - and anything in-between. For the majority of our performances we're playing rock music at a level that allows the tone of the instruments to come through, including the drums (which tend to be the defining factor). If the venue has a sound limiter, please let us know at the time of booking so that we can make sure we're able to provide the show you're expecting.
What is your set up for our sound engineer (multi-band events)?Summary of requirements is:
- Inputs: 14 channels of live audio, inc 3 DI channels and 6 on kit
- Outputs: 4 independent monitor mixes. If limited to two mixes, they should be centre/sides split and not left/right sided split. Put it down to the LSD (that's "Lead Singer's Disease" for those who found this comment by Googling it)
- Band to provide vocal mics and backline.
- A full tech rider can be provided upon request.