Frequently asked questions
Q: What is Mike's skincare regime?
A: You can never underestimate the effectiveness of the old basics - repair, cleanse, tone and, of course moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Take particular care around that delicate eye area, and avoid alchohol, red meat, coffee, tea, smoking, sunshine, late nights, cheese, chips, protracted bouts of oral sex and make sure you eat plenty fruit and veg.
Q: What is Funk?
A: No short answer to this one. Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid- to late-1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony, and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Unlike R&B and soul songs, which had many chord changes, funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord.
Like much of African and Latin inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands also usually have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic "hits".
Influential African American funk performers include James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, The Meters, The Funk Brothers, Bootsy Collins, and Prince. Notable 1970s funk bands included Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Average White Band, The Ohio Players, The Commodores, and Kool & the Gang though many of these most famous bands in the genre also played disco and soul extensively. Funk music was a major influence on the development of 1970s disco music and funk samples are used in most styles of house music and hip hop music, and it's also the main influence of Go-Go. Funk even left its mark on New Wave, and its pulse was evident in post punk as well.
Q: How long do you guys play for?
A: About 2 hours with a break
Q: Do you have any recordings?
A: No - we are a live band covering classic tunes - we don't see the point of re-recording something which is already amazing. We have live takes form our sound desk at gigs which you can hear in the music section of this site. Apart from that, best way to hear us is live.
Q: Do you do weddings?
A: We are NOT a wedding band that plays a bit of this and a bit of that.