Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Eclipse Musicians:
Our team of musicians are all based in Perth, Australia, but we regularly travel to the South-West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia. We also love to travel, Australia-wide and (hopefully soon, once government restrictions lift) internationally, wherever a visa will allow us to go.
We are a collective of musicians, which means there are enough of us to give you (1) flexibility in choosing as much or as little live music as you like, and (2) assurance that we can still deliver what we do for you, even if one of our musicians gets sick or needs personal leave.
Most singular musicians can only perform up to 4 hours with short breaks before physical injury sets in (think of how tired your voice may get after a whole day of speaking). As a collective, we can comfortably take care of multiple sections of your event, over several hours. For a wedding, this could mean we can cover your ceremony, canapés and your reception – the whole wedding day – as one wedding vendor for ease and consistency.
Off-season, we are under ten musicians that share performance bookings amongst each other. During the peak of the summer events season, we swell up to under twenty to accommodate larger band formations and more complex bookings.
We are very selective with which musicians we work with. While occasionally we will hold auditions for talent, we find the best approach is to attend each other’s gigs, within our network. This helps us understand how one musician would actually behave in a performance situation. It also strengthens our relationships with the most inventive talents we have in our home city.
We have musicians within the Eclipse Musicians collective who have been performing with us since the very beginning in 2017 (since before we were a collective, read more on our story here) and so we’ve naturally built a strong rapport working together in this setting.
When we do bring on new talents, we screen through to ensure they are all (1) excellent and have a strong technical understanding of their instrument (and are usually equipped with formal training from institutions like the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts); (2) able to adapt to a song and improvise well on-the-fly; and (3) great communicators (both non-verbal for the stage and have a friendly demeanour to welcome audience members to participate and chat with us). We also travel with each other for performances, so they have to be people we like working with! These three are absolute essentials, which makes it very easy for us to be proud of our team!
Not at all. We are a team set out to achieve the same standard of performance, aesthetic and feel for each of our clients. It is very collaborative amongst our team, and we all work together to deliver the same Eclipse Musicians experience every time. As such, we do not represent any entertainment acts apart from ourselves.
Entertainment agencies, by contrast, generally represent a whole catalogue of already-formed acts for their clients to choose from. Their role is very much to pair the right client with the right performing artist and, therefore, facilitate that relationship as a middleman.
Most of our bookings are for private events but occasionally we are booked for events that are open to the public to attend. We share information about upcoming public shows on our blog, Instagram and Facebook pages but they are occasional throughout the year.
We are consistent, however, in sharing live performance footage on our Instagram page, so you can always get a quick fix there!
On choosing songs:
We have a master song list that encompasses a repertoire of over 200 contemporary songs, and we are constantly refreshing it. You are welcome to contact us and ask for a copy to see if what we perform fits with your event vision for live music.
We are very happy to learn up to five songs for your event, given that we have enough notice to learn them. A few weeks prior is generally enough time for us to organise a rehearsal run-through. Alternatively, if you are short on time (or just need inspiration), ask us for our master song list and you can choose from some of the songs we already know.
For weddings, you can get some ideas on where the ‘special song’ moments are here.
In compiling an event setlist, we like to understand what the event is for (that is, its intention or concept), what kind of people will likely attend, and how we’d like those people to feel in that moment. Are we creating a dance floor experience, or a still, romantic moment? Are we performing to young partiers, to family members, to your company’s key stakeholders? Will the performance be in a rustic barn outside the city, or a beachside resort, or a six-star hotel ballroom? We take all those elements into consideration and shape the songs in our setlist accordingly.
A wedding, for example, is all about the celebration of love and so our songs will generally have that theme of exciting, romantic, complicated, honest, simple love stringing throughout. (All kinds of love!) We generally see different kinds of people come together for weddings – from grandparents, to work friends to distant relatives, to children, and on – so we like to add a variety of artists from a range of decades that each of those people would appreciate.
Yes! It’s so interesting for us to know what kind of artists you adore, what music you can’t stand, and what genres you and your guests are into. We take all that into consideration when planning the music for your event.
While it is useful for us to know what songs you would love, it is absolutely not necessary to select most of our songs and, if overdone, this can be a redundant exercise. We understand, however, that you may need to give your prior approval on the song selection (particularly if you are an event planner and need to report to your manager or client) so we are very happy to write up a proposed setlist and tweak it based on your feedback.
On travelling for destination weddings and events:
Our home base is Perth, Australia.
Outside our performance fee, the only additional things to consider are:
1. Accommodation: If our performance time ends later in the day, we ask that you provide our musicians somewhere to stay so they do not have to risk driving home on dark country roads when wildlife is active. We organise everything here and simply add the fee to our quote to you, so you won’t need to make any extra effort.
2. Meals: We ask that you provide a meal for each of our musicians so that we can perform our best for you and also so that our musicians won’t have to leave their performance location for long.
Driving is not an option on the island itself, so we work with freight partners to ensure our musical equipment makes its way safely to our exact performance venue. Outside our performance fee, the only additional things to consider are:
1. Ferry rides & freight: Ferry tickets for each of our musicians, and a freight crate for us to transport our musical equipment across. We organise everything here and simply add the fee to our quote to you, so you won’t need to make any extra effort.
2. Accommodation: Unless our performance ends at a time when we can still catch the last ferry back to Perth, it is likely we would need to stay overnight on the island. We organise everything here and simply add the fee to our quote to you.
3. Meals: We ask that you provide a meal for each of our musicians so that we can perform our best for you and also so that our musicians won’t have to leave their performance location for long.
Outside our performance fee, and assuming there is no government restriction preventing us from travelling to your event’s destination, the only additional things to consider are:
1. Flights & freight: That is, flights for our musicians, plus whatever freight costs are necessary to bring our instruments over. For heavier instruments, like a drum kit or double bass, we encourage you to hire instead from a backline company (see technicalities below).
2. Accommodation: We organise everything here and simply add the fee to our quote to you so there’s no extra effort for you.
3. Meals: We ask that you provide a meal for each of our musicians, so that we can perform our best for you and also so that our musicians won’t have to leave their performance location for long.
Unless otherwise specified, we usually arrive 45 – 60 minutes prior to our performance start time to set up our equipment, instruments, and sound-check the band.
We like to discuss with you what time your guests are expected to arrive so that we can time our setup period to be either beforehand or, at least, in the most covert way possible.
We usually play a Spotify playlist through our system during our performance breaks. For longer periods of time, your venue may be able to cover background music for you through their house speakers. Otherwise, have a chat with us and we can discuss some alternative options with you.
If you let us know before your event, we are very happy to set aside an extra microphone, separate to that of our singer, for you and your guests to use. This is a complimentary service.
It’s not essential that our team performs on a physical stage. As long as your designated area meets this checklist below, it should be fine for us to perform on.
– The allocated performance area has a hard, levelled surface. The Eclipse Acoustic Duo, however, will be fine on grass.
– Exposure to the elements (wind, sun, rain, etc.) is either minimal or non-existent. If your event is in an outdoor area, double check that we have enough shade to cover us and our equipment from the sun and wind, and have a backup performance area in case of rain.
– There should be a clear sectioning where our performance space is so that guests do not accidentally walk through. This could otherwise be a safety hazard.
Some venues will already have in-house audio-visual (AV) providers and should be able to help you organise sound for what you need. Where this is not an option, we will quite happily provide our own sound that can accommodate up to 200 guests in an enclosed space.
If your event requires our musicians to travel by plane, or if your guestlist is larger than 200, we recommend you get in touch with an AV and backline company to organise sound. We can guide you through this.
At minimum, here is what we need:
Eclipse Acoustic Duo: 2m2
Eclipse Acoustic Trio: 6m2
Eclipse Party Band: 12m2
Eclipse Christmas Show Band: 16m2
We don’t accept requests to lock in specific singers as this gets logistically messy for us. Before any singer joins us, we already screen through their ability and experience so we know they are all of the same calibre and can deliver to the same standard as each other. The most we can do is take note of your preference and do what we can to match that preference for your event.
Are you curious about something we haven’t addressed here?
There’s a good chance that other people are wondering the same thing. Send us your questions and we’d be really happy to address them. We may even add your questions to this page so it can assist other people too!
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