Obviously this week has been an historic moment for Australia and for the equal rights of all Australian people. It makes all of us at The White Tree so happy and excited that we are now one BIG step closer to marriage equality in our country.
We’re obviously not over the line yet, but our fingers and toes are crossed that 2018 will mark a momentous beginning for same sex couples – that EVERYONE, regardless of gender and sexual preference, will have the legal right to say “I-Do” in Australia. Three massive cheers for that we say!
All of us at The White Tree cannot wait to rock our creative talents at same sex weddings. With how gruelling this damn plebiscite has been, it’s safe to say the love and partying will be even greater. It certainly deserves to be.
Interestingly, quite a few people over the last few months have asked us whether The White Tree is “ready for gay weddings”. This question has conflicted us because in our opinion, a wedding is about a celebration of love. And whether it’s a guy and a girl, a girl and a girl or a guy and a guy tying the knot…we honestly could not give a shit. Love is love.
So yes we are ready, but to be honest, nothing much will really change in what we do and offer as a product. Of course we will try to expand our marketing activities to connect with engaged same sex couples (and a little shout out to Matt and the team at Groom & Guy who we advertise with…great wedding mag…check it out!) but we won’t alter our core live music, photography or film product to what our heterosexual couples already receive. Why would we!?
And who knows, maybe our current dress sense and stage antics (demonstrated below) will find an even happier home at some of these exciting new gigs…
And of course, as all of our couples have involvement with the song list, we’re hoping we’ll soon be able to rock our favourite gay anthems on a more regular basis. As frequenters of the legendary Palms and Stonewall in Sydney…we’ve got this playlist down. We’re talking Queen, Scissor Sisters, The Gossip, George Michael, Diana Ross, Sophie Ellis Bextor (Murder On The Dance Floor! Yasss!), Elton John, The B-52s, Kylie, Pointer Sisters…the list goes on and on!
So, as one of Australia’s leading wedding businesses for live music, photography and film, we’d just like to say how stoked we are with last weeks result. And in the New Year, hopefully we can start working with ANY couple in Australia who are planning a wedding of epic proportions ?
You can check out The White Tree Band in action below, restoring faith and freedom for all!…
We had an awesome time hitting the stage at Leadbelly, Newtown with The White Tree Band! So many amazing musicians and so many awesome tunes! We love cranking out the golden oldies and the modern, Triple J bangers – anything that gets people up off their seats and onto their feet! The Showcases are so incredible because they let you soak up the energy and vibe that you can only get with a full live band! AND you can choose from a smorgasbord of amazing artists who will get your dance floor going off! Party time. Excellent.
So, Zonzo Estate and incredible weddings pretty much go hand in hand and, quite frankly, so do Carley & Ben – and we’ve got the photos to prove it! Carley is decked out in a magnificent gown and veil from One Day Bridal. Hair by Adrian Azari Hair and make up by Katie Woodward. We were lucky enough to be on board for the photography, film and live music and what an amazing celebration it was! Check out a little sneak peak from the album below and a snippet of the footage from the day.
Happy New Year, lovers! We’ve got heaps of exciting things sizzling away this year and can’t wait for an amazing and love-filled year full of guitar riffs, vibrant blooms, raucous brides and lots of dancing! We are now rockin’ Australia-wide, so everyone gets a slice of The White Tree pie – make sure you stick around the site to check out all our work and all the amazing discounts you can score by booking multiple services!
Sneaky little flashback to our collab with Hello May wedding magazine! Some fresh inspo for gorgeous bridal gowns and wedding cinematography! We love dusk lighting, windswept brides and capturing natural and heartfelt moments.
Music is a vital ingredient to ensure the success of any party, wedding or event. It enhances the senses to create an atmosphere where people can relax, enjoy themselves and feel comfortable to communicate more fluidly.
We’ve all been to a restaurant before where the feng shui is just a little off. Then we stop and notice that the music is either too soft, too loud, or the chosen music isn’t matching the tone of the restaurant.
At The White Tree, we understand that every event has communication objectives and the music needs to adhere to that brief. The difficult thing for a bride and groom or event planner is working out what style of music the demographic of the guests will want to hear, and how the music should unfold across the entire event.
For intimate weddings or small scale networking events with limited budgets, an iPod playing selected songs via a venue’s house system may suffice. But for larger scale events where music should be playing a key role, there are many options to weigh up.
A key musical decision for a bride or event planner is whether the event calls for a live band or a DJ.
Despite running a business that offers live bands for musical entertainment, rather than DJs, we still feel we can give an unbiased account of the pros and cons of both. Hopefully, some of these points help you if you’re struggling with this decision!
We’ll start with the pros of a DJ. A DJ is cost-effective as there is only ‘one mouth to feed’. DJs are that tried and tested option offering value for money.
As an event planner, you also have more control over a DJ in terms of what music they play. It’s easier to request songs for a DJ to play (and not to play) because with today’s technology they can download, store and play Mp3s with ease.
“The actual ‘sound’ of a DJ can also be positive if the demographic will want to hear songs exactly as per the original recording. Some generations love to hear a live band’s version of a song, but others prefer to hear it exactly as they heard it on the radio. This is an interesting thought, particularly as younger generations are growing up listening and dancing to DJs at pubs and clubs rather than bands. The Baby Boomer generation, for instance, is much more familiar with dancing to and engaging with live cover bands. Back in the 90s, many of the large venues had live cover bands instead of DJs.
Choosing a Live Band
When moving onto live bands, the first point is that the decision of ‘which band’ is that little bit more complicated and confusing than booking a DJ. For instance, with The White Tree Band, our lineup is customisable so clients can book as a small three piece with just male vocals/guitar, bass and drum, or a large ten piece with full brass section.
You also want to find a band that has a singer who fits the tone of your event, and a repertoire of songs that will resonate with the guests. In this research and evaluation process, you should aim to source, not just a demo but also check out live film clips, and even check out the band at a gig. We run live showcase gigs with The White Tree at venues in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, so event planners can hear the singers and the different band configurations.
Your chosen band configurations will depend on the scale of the event. If it’s a networking event, a great option is to have a small jazz band or an acoustic duo playing chilled out covers. We call these gigs ‘musical wallpaper’. We’re there to enhance the event aurally and visually but in a very subtle way.
If however, you have an event for a large crowd who want some serious dance floor action, you’re going to want a bigger band to exert more energy. This is more costly than a DJ, but it can provide an unrivalled sound and a level of engagement that a DJ might not be able to match.
A good live band comprising top musicians can still perform a range of styles. They can also change gears depending on the stage of the night so you could chat to the band about configuring a larger outfit for the dance sets, and the same band shrink down to a duo or trip for the earlier stages of the night.
The actual sound of a great live band in full flight during the dance sets is arguably more raw and energetic than a DJ, particularly if you have a great lead singer who is engaging and entertaining. Good singers will be able to cue the band to ‘break it down’ and invite crowd participation such as the guests singing the chorus of a rock anthem, or call and response lyrics. Even some of the more reserved crowds love this sort of involvement, particularly if it’s later in the night after a few drinks.
A slightly superficial ‘pro’ for a large live band is that it looks high-end. If you’re planning an extravagant event, the presence and aesthetic of a full eight to ten piece band with a brass section is arguably more impressive than a DJ standing behind a desk by themselves. This may seem like a trivial point, but we all know how important every ingredient is to the success of any event, particularly large-scale events where so much is on the line.
A final option to consider, and one that straddles both the DJ and the live band, is the hybrid lineup which we call ‘sound system gigs’. This is a configuration of DJ and live instruments. There are many outfits around Australia that have been adopting this approach since the late 90s. A common lineup is DJ, percussion, saxophone and female vocals. This offers some live elements for the energy and engagement factor, but also the bottom end frequencies that the DJ brings. It can be a great sound for the dance sets and still quite cost-effective as there are usually only three or four members.
The slight risk with the hybrid lineup is that it’s quite difficult to execute. I’ve seen many outfits over the years where the DJ and live musicians are not gelling together, resulting in a stagnant and slightly cheesy performance. This said, the experienced groups who have a musically minded DJ and a singer who can cleverly improvise over the DJ’s tracks, can be very engaging and energetic.
In terms of the ‘sound’ of a sound system line up, some people feel it’s slightly dated, whereas a DJ and live band are obviously timeless. Nevertheless, the sound system/hybrid line up is a third option that event planners can consider.
Whatever music option you go with (even the humble iPod through the venue’s sound system) you have to put thought into the decision making process. Key factors such as budget, guest demographic, event tone and venue size must be thought of when booking a band or DJ.
Music does have the power to make or break some events and no one wants their event to turn into that restaurant with the bad feng shui.
If you would like to check out the White Tree Band for your next event, jump online to view our upcoming showcase dates.