The Soultastics normally perform as a 5 to 8 piece group.
The basic line up of the 6 piece band is:
2 Vocalists (male and female), Saxophone, Keyboard, Bass, Drums
Option 1: Only 1 vocalist (male or female) for a 5 piece band
Option 2: Add Trumpet: For a full brass section: great for swing and soul performances.
Option 3: Add guitar (recommended for extra groove in our soul sets!)
Option 4: Add an additional vocalist for our full trio of singers (2 girls, 1 boy)
We can expand this group further with extended brass sections up to a full 18 piece big band. For our larger bands please find out more at www.bigbandjazz.co.uk .
What does a performance involve?
We will normally perform 2 x 1 hour sets, but any set times can be catered for.
These timings are of course approximate, and we always adapt to how the evening is progressing. In between these sets the band will normally break for between 15 and 30 minutes. We can provide recorded music for inbetween these sets or you can give us your own music to be played.
What if we want more music?
We can also provide a manned DJ for after our performance, and also a variety of live background music for earlier in your event
How does the band setup?
We normally allow 60 -90 mins to set up the band, less time may be needed for a jazz or swing performance. For a normal sized venue we will not normally do a noisy "soundcheck" but might do a discreet tune to check everything is working perfectly. If the venue unusual, or if an early setup is required please let us know when booking.
What equipment do you need?
The band has all its own sound equipment and stage lighting. All we require from a venue is a normal 13 amp power socket.
Our PA system is a 2000+ watt Mackie system suitable for audiences of up to 400 people. We also use state of the art Bose PA for more intimate performances.
Our lighting rig consists of triclour LED Par cans and tri colour floods with sound to light.
If you are providing staging we need a space at least 5m/3m for our 5 piece band
How to book the band
First of all get in contact and discuss you requirements. If you then want to make a booking we ask that you fill in a booking form and return it to us with a 20 % deposit to confirm the booking.
When to book the band
Popular dates do get booked up long in advance. Try to book the band as early as you are able. We normally take bookings about 6-12 months in advance. If we are already booked we may be able to put you in touch with other bands who we can recommend.
How much we charge
Our fee for any event will depend upon performance and setup times, as well as location and of course band size. Please get in contact and we will work out a price for you. Try to give us as much infomation as possible so we can make a quote as accurate as possible.
Any other expenses?
We do not currently charge VAT. All our quotes are normally inclusive of travel, although in the case of overseas performances or other complicated travel arrangements these may be costed for separately. For a standard evening performance the artitsts will normally be provided with a meal and drinks, and be given a secure room to store equipment, get changed etc. Parking charges should also be covered by the client.
To make a booking please get in contact for an initial informal discussion of your requirements.
phone: 07941 971 411
Our booking form can be downloaded here
THE SOULTASTICS are band who specialise in performing swing music. We love playing swing classics form the 30s, 40s and 50s as well as our own cunning 'postmodern' jazzed up versions of pop and rock hits. However as well as this we are also able to perform in variety of styles and can add soul/pop and jazz sets to any performnace if requested.
The band can takes swing music to a new exciting level with their unique takes on modern pop translated into a toe tapping swing style. Music from Lady Gaga to Nirvana is performed in a new and sophisticated dance style cathcing listenners by surprise and packing the dance floor.
When performing at an event Swing, Latin and Rat Pack numbers can be followed by upbeat more modern pop music so that everybody's tastes are catered for. However if you want us to just swing for a whole evening that is no problem!
Our music is great for functions, as it appeals to guests with a wide range of musical tastes. Sophisticaed classic swing numbers such as "Fly me to the moon" will get everybody on their feet at the start of an evening, rhythmic latin tunes such as "Sway" will keep the temperature hot, before finishing an event with a bang: perhaps some James Brown, or Cee Lo Green.
The band is active in the Brighton jazz and lindy scene, and can often be scene at gigs around the South Coast. We have a residency at Brighton Railway Club every 2nd Friday of the month, and host regular Sunday Swingporiums in the heart of Brighton. A full list of our gigs can normally be see on a facebook page