SouthWest behind the scenes

Fête de la Musique 2015 – the album

The Sarlat Fête de la Musique 2015 rocked. A beautiful backdrop, excellent pa and some of the most enthusiastic dancers of the year. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a bit of what you missed, with more to follow on our Facebook page…

The perfect wedding music set list is ready (subject to change)

This is so far behind the scenes, I probably shouldn’t even post it. But you never know who it could help – or amuse – so here goes. When you’ve got a wedding music set list of 60 songs or more, like us, you can quickly get into trouble when you need to play a slow track for […]

SouthWest to take centre stage in the Sarlat Fête de la Musique 2015

It’s been confirmed: SouthWest will be headlining the Fête de la Musique 2015 in Sarlat on June 21st. The Mairie is laying on the stage, pa and lighting for us in the main square in the centre of town. All will need to do is provide a whole evening of great music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Which is what […]

Introducing our technician

(Apologies for the late posting. It’s been a busy week. Lots going on. Much of it newsworthy. More to follow…) On Monday last week, we met Mathieu, who has come all the way from sunny Biarritz to work with us for the 2015 season. Properly trained in all things sound (live and studio), light and […]

The in-ear monitoring revolution

Our setup this year is lighter, quieter and more spectacular than ever. Which is great for us and the people who book us. One of the most life-changing improvements we’ve made is in-ear monitoring. If you play live and you haven’t tried it, it’s revolutionary. Gone are the heavy, space-invading on-stage monitors (and the need […]

Your French wedding band – now on DVD!

In our last band practice, we shot this short film. It’s designed to give you an insight into who we are, what we do – and why we love to do it. At the end of this video, one thing should be clear: If you are planning a wedding in France and you are looking for a live band […]

How to play “Alright” without your arms dropping off

(Alex typing) I have loved this song from the moment I heard it and am seriously happy it’s on the set list. We added it during the summer and it goes down a storm every time we play it. BUT, fellow keyboard players will know this is one of those songs that should come with […]

A band AND a pianist? Why not?

If you look at the wedding packages available, you will notice Alex is offered as an extra to play during cocktails, the wedding feast, the ceremony, or wherever else you may want piano during the day. (With very few exceptions.) You can find the set list in more detail on his website here. Occasionally, a […]

New toy from #Thomann

Alex has taken the plunge into audio interfaces, and taken delivery of a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC22 from Thomann (who we use for almost all our stuff – great prices, great service, great turnaround times). Just plugged it in this afternoon to test it and here’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sample from his solo piano set list. This […]

We’re only getting started

It’s time for another not very rough mix, to add to our growing online library. This time it’s “Brown-eyed girl” by Van Morrison. Generally played near the start of the set, this is a great way to warm up the band and the audience – ‘cos we’re going to be partying all night…