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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Eclipse:

We are a small collective of musicians, which means there are about a dozen 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 breaks, before physical injury sets in (think of how sore your voice may get after a whole day of loud 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, just with Eclipse musicians.

Here’s a quick rule of thumb:

The Acoustic Duo is simple and bare; a good choice for a relaxed event or romantic situation (we originally designed this Duo for wedding ceremonies).
The Acoustic Trio is light-hearted and upbeat; good if you don’t want the music to overpower other elements of your event but still want something to help guests relax, chit-chat and dance.
The Full Party Band is dramatic, full and energetic; designed to make you dance all night! We can still play light for a dinner set but then move into an evening of fun and dancing.

We are incredibly selective with which musicians we work with. The all need to (1) be excellent and have a strong technical understanding of their instrument, (2) be able to adapt to a song and improvise well on-the-fly, (3) have great communication skills (both non-verbal for the stage, and a friendly demeanour to welcome audience members to participate and chat with us. These three are absolute essentials, which makes it very easy for us to be proud of our team!!

Not at all. An agency will recruit already-formed acts and pitch those acts to prospective clients. They will often take an agency commission on top of the musician’s fee. Everyone in our Eclipse team, however, are what make up the whole of who we are; every performance of ours is always an Eclipse performance. We don’t take ‘agency commissions’ because we are only one entity, which means everything we do is fed back into an infrastructure that is there to support and give growth to our musicians (this is something that our director, Rachel, is hugely passionate about).

No but we are always posting live footage on our Instagram Stories and Story Highlights.

Eclipse ceremony musicians

On choosing songs:

Our song repertoire encompasses over 200 contemporary songs and we are constantly adding to it. We like to understand what kind of people will be at an event, and what the purpose of the event is, to help us decide what is appropriate to perform.
 
For example, a corporate networking event will encourage us to play light music that won’t overpower the networking chit-chat. A large ball or party will see us choose a lot of upbeat songs from various decades that are easy to dance to. A wedding ceremony will call for bare, romantic ballads. We like to appropriate our song performance choices on what each event types needs to create a more enhanced experience.
 
We could even take it further by having the musical styles reflect the setting. A wedding at a family farm would be great with classic rock and country music, or an event by the beach would be so nice with bubby, light, acoustic songs. We have so much fun with song curation, and it’s such a great tool in enhancing whatever personality you want your event to exude.

We can learn up to 3 songs for your wedding day (say, for your first dance, father-daughter dance, ceremony processional or recessional). Our musicians will just need enough notice to learn them; at least 5 weeks. If you decided in the last month that you’d like a special song, don’t fret! You can still choose something from the list of songs we already know. Just ask us and we will send you our  master song list.

Yes! Just let us know if there are some genres or artists you particularly love or especially dislike. We take that into consideration when putting together our set lists.

On travelling for events:

Our home base is Perth, Western Australia.

Yes, we perform across all areas of Western Australia. For busy months, we limit the number of regional events we can cover so, if that applies to you, make sure you get in touch with us as soon as you can!
 
The other thing to note for regional events is that we ask clients to cover our musician’s accommodation and a meal for each of them too so they can perform their best for you (and stay safe overnight)!

Yes, we began opening our performances outside of WA this year in 2020. We will travel anywhere; across other Australian states, and overseas.
If your event is based outside of WA, just ask us about what that entails. We may even have been booked for an event close to your city for when you need us!

On technicalities:

During the short 15-min breaks and dinner breaks of our musicians, we will play a Spotify playlist of songs through our sound system. The music will generally be in the same style as what we are playing.

We can absolutely set aside a microphone for speeches. Just let us know beforehand and, given that your time for speeches is during our designated booked time (say, in-between our performance sets), we won’t charge anything for that!

We normally arrive at a venue 40-60 minutes early to set up our equipment and sound-check the band.
 
We always like to know what time you expect your guests to arrive because, while we can sometimes be very quick with our setup, it’s always nice to have everything prepared before anyone arrives. We are sometimes called in for early afternoon sound-checks (particularly for larger corporate evening events) so, if you feel like that will be necessary for you, just let us know and we can consider that in our discussions.

It’s not essential that our team performs on a stage. However, it would be nice to consider in contributing to your event’s design. Talk to your event stylist about what would complement the space as our live musicians should enhance the atmosphere, and our physical placement in your event will affect this. (We sometimes receive floorplans to review so we’d be happy to throw in our thoughts if you’re not sure.)
 
That said, what we essentially need is a designated performance space that is very clearly the band section. We want to take the best care of our musician’s equipment so it makes a huge difference to that care if guests can see a clear boundary where the performance space is. It also helps us maintain the safety of your guests by keeping away any potential hazards that may exist with electrical equipment.

We will automatically cover the sound equipment setup if your event is quite simple (from a production perspective), if you are expecting 300 guests or less, and if your event is within Perth of the South West region of Western Australia.
 
If you have more guests than that, or if your event is more complex and requires its own Audio Visual (AV) contractors, we can help you organise an external AV company for us to liaise with. Many larger event halls and hotels will actually have their preferred in-house suppliers too, so if your event is at a major hotel, they may already have the contacts you need for this.
 
If your event is outside of Western Australia, we can help you liaise with an external AV company to provide us with sound and backline (that is, things like drums and amplifiers).

At minimum, here is what we need:

Full Party Band: 4m x 3m
Acoustic Trio: 3m x 2m
Acoustic Duo: 2m x 1m

We don’t offer clients the ability to choose specific singers or instrumentalists as this often gets messy logistically for us! We spend a lot (a lot) of time making sure our quality of musicianship is maintained across the board so there’s no need for that anyway.
 
We can alway add on extra vocalists or instruments for a fuller sound. That may be the way to go if that’s something you’re interested in. In the past, we have added on keys and saxophonists, and we can easily add in extra vocalists for a richer musical sound.

On booking:

Get in touch with us and we will be in touch shortly to confirm pricing and availability. A 50% deposit will secure your wedding date. We can’t secure your wedding date without a deposit.

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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