Singer Guy Barzily

Singer and finalist of The Voice, Guy Barzily, is a formidable musical talent. With over 10 years’ experience singing and performing with bands and on The West End stage, Guy epitomises vocal excellence.

What inspired you to become a singer?

I come from a pretty musical and artistic family so I guess music and singing were in my blood. I always loved singing from as early as I remember so the road to become a singer and a musician was very clear to me from a very young age. The earliest musical influences on me as a child were Elton john, Michael Jackson and The Beatles.

Who are your favourite artists?

This is a hard question to answer, as I think being an artist you’re always being influenced by so many different people on different levels so it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to though, I would say Stevie Wonder as he is the perfect combination of an amazing song writer and a great singer.

What do you most enjoy about singing in a live wedding band?

I guess that would be playing with other great and fun musicians on some fantastic all time classics.

Can you give us a brief overview of your singing background?

I was born and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel and attended a prestigious art school where I received a professional and very comprehensive music education. After school, I performed in a successful band that travelled the country. At the age of 20 I moved to the states for one year and did a post graduate course in music arrangements and vocals at Berklee College of Music in Boston. When I finished, I moved to New York and worked there for a year as a freelance musician and singer.

At the age of 22 I moved to London and started working with various function bands as well as a solo artist and gigged all over the country. During that time I also participated in few musical theatre productions: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Lion king and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2009, I started doing short contracts abroad as a solo singer and pianist in various piano bars across the Scandinavian countries as well as in Holland and Germany. In Holland I came across the new show (at that time) called The Voice, which I decided to try to get into. After auditioning I was accepted to the show and did very well, being one of the finalists of that year. When I finished the show I toured the Netherlands for about a year and a half, performing in various festivals, events and private functions, with my accompanying band.

In 2012 I decided to return back to the UK, and since then I have been very busy doing gigs all over London as a solo artist in various venues, and around the UK with the wonderful function band Abnormally funky.

Have you worked with any well- known artists?

I haven’t yet worked with any famous artists, however during The Voice I had a chance to meet and also sing with Lenny Kravitz and Michael Bublé.

Could you offer an insight into your experience as a finalist on The Voice?

Well all those TV shows (The Voice, X Factor etc..) are meant for entertainment purposes mainly, and not in order to find and develop a good new artist. As long as you bear that in mind and don’t let it blind you with various illusions, it can be fun and a good experience.

What do you personally give to the live wedding band experience?

Good vocals, energy, big smile and a great hair style.

As well as possessing a great voice – your performance and audience interaction seems to enliven and enhance the party experience. Do you consider this vital to a great wedding gig?

When you are performing in someone’s wedding, you are taking part in one’s most important moment in life. It is absolutely crucial to give 100% and make sure you deliver and fully entertain the crowd.

What’s it like being part of a wedding celebration?

A wedding is an official beginning of two people who are in love, so it’s a nice feeling to be a part of it.

 

What’s the feedback been like from previous clients?

They just LOVE IT! Can’t get enough of us!

What’s your favourite song to sing?

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder.

Do you have any funny anecdotes?

I can easily grow a Jewfro (a Jewish Afro) and it’s quite spectacular…

To find out more visit www.guybarzilymusic.com

Guitarist Bridget Mermikides

Bridget’s accomplishments are various and include studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Los Angeles Music Academy, playing in all female blues band The Rogue Dolls and being given the task of teaching TV personality Bill Oddie how to play the electric guitar in six months!

 

What inspired you to become a guitarist?

At age 13 I heard John Williams play classical guitar and at the same time I was big into the Beatles, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin etc. so I have loved both classical and electric guitar for as long as I can remember.

Who are your favourite artists?

Too many to list!

What do you most enjoy about playing in a live wedding band?

It’s the privilege of playing with such fantastic musicians combined with the pleasure of seeing the wedding guests dancing and having a great time.

Can you give us a brief overview of your performing experience and background?

I studied classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music and electric guitar at Los Angeles Music Academy. I’ve played in both pop and classical groups for many years.

Can you give us an insight into what it was like playing at Glastonbury with the Rogue Dolls?

Muddy but fun!

Have you worked with any well-known artists?

I’ve been lucky enough to perform with my classical guitar hero John Williams and also flamenco guitarist Paco Pena. I used to play in a party band with Sam Brown as lead singer and occasionally Steve Winwood performed with us.

What do you personally give to the live wedding band experience?

Funky guitar playing, enthusiasm, appreciation of the gig and a large variety of guitar effects pedals 🙂

What’s it like being part of a wedding celebration?

It’s an honour to be part of someone’s special day, seeing a lovely bride and groom, and everyone all dressed up. It’s a special event and people are up for having a good time so those who may not normally get up and dance totally get their groove on! It’s very entertaining.

What’s the feedback been like from previous clients and guests?

The feedback is fantastic. People love the band and always tell us at the end how much they enjoyed it.

What’s your favourite song to play?

There are so many… I love playing the Michael Jackson tunes.

 

For more information, please visit Bridget’s website or watch her in action below.

 

 

Drummer Sophie Alloway

Sophie is an established musician in London’s jazz scene, has toured internationally with Roots Manuva and has performed at ‘Later With Jools Holland’, Mercury Prize, BBC Introducing and Glastonbury.

 

What inspired you to become a drummer?

Discovering Stevie Wonder’s albums: ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ and ‘Innervisions’.

 

Who are your favourite artists?

Too many to list but this is a good start: Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, James Taylor, Michael Jackson.

 

What do you most enjoy about playing in a live wedding band?

A lot of the session players who performed on the tracks we play are my favourite musicians. I love the challenge of trying to recreate what Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie or John Robinson brought to the original track.

 

Can you give us a brief overview of your performing experience and background?

I’ve always lived in London. I didn’t go to Music College but I studied privately with a number of people (including Richard Coles, Ian Thomas and Andy Leask). I’ve performed on Later With Jools Holland, played Glastonbury and Bestival. But I just love to play; regardless of what scale the gig is on!

 

Have you worked with any well-known artists?

I spent a couple of years as Roots Manuva’s drummer, although I was doing a lot of other varied work at the same time. The blend of electronic and acoustic drums was an interesting experience for me. A lot of the programmed drum parts were unique in their feels and phrasing. Trying to recreate these whilst adding my own spin was a real challenge!

 

What do you personally give to the live wedding band experience?

I always aim to provide a good foundation for the music to build on… and hopefully a good groove for people to dance to!

 

What’s it like being part of a wedding celebration?

It’s a pleasure to be a part of the couple’s big day. It’s a day they’ll remember for the rest of their lives so it’s important to do a good job!

 

What’s your favourite song to play?

I love anything with a good groove! I always enjoy playing Michael Jackson songs. And ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Rufus & Chaka Khan is an enjoyable challenge. John Robinson’s drum part is very tricky to play well.

 

For more information, please visit Sophie’s website or watch her in action below.