Atanas Dochev

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About Atanas

My name is Atanas and I am professional multi percussionist from Manchester! Experience with over 1800 performances worldwide

In 2013 Atanas moved from London to Manchester where he was offered a place to study percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music. He succefully completed his four years of full time undergraduate degree in Orchestral Percussion, World Percussion and Timpani. Atanas Dochev became a professional all round Percussionist and Music Artist with an unique sound, performing for packed audiences in London, Manchester area, across United Kingdom and Europe. Atanas also gained a lot of recording experience over the years working with bands and solo artists from Manchester and all round England. He is currently a permanent percussionist for a few bands such as Bethlehem Casuals who appeared live on BBC 6 with Marc Riley, MSC Big Band and Salsa Norte his own Salsa band. Recently he has been performing with the Manchester World music DJ's Me Gusta. Atanas is also a freelancing percussionist with a huge passion to make and deliver more music to wider audiences. To learn about how Atanas can perform for your event, please reach out.

Atanas' Reviews

From customers:

Dave H
7 years ago

'' You didn't just play the congas, you play like you own the instrument'''

6 years ago

''Atanas, People really enjoyed it, very nice night! Thank you for playing awesome music, and keeping the time! Dance floor was packed - I had to fight to secure my dance space ''

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Atanas' Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£70
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£380
Up to 3 hours£500
2 hours set
2 hour+ set for your celebration
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible for your and my benefit. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This can be arranged but it really needs to be talked about or mentioned at least 2 day before the initial event. If you require a DJ that will cost extra £130 and hour as the fee would be split '

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on the event and the gear required, I personally like to be at least 1 hour early to check acoustic, set up and be fully prepared to play.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument and microphone to play

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £40 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I believe my energy, sound and stage presence

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

London: Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Windsor Castle, Saachi Gallery, Watford Colosseum, Camden Gallery and many more. Manchester: Bridgewater Hall, BBC Radio 6, Manchester Academy, Gorilla and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Many extraordinary percussionists like Ray Barretto, Tata Guines, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria, Anga, Lenny Castro and many more

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

BBC RADIO 6 with Marc Riley, Glastonbury Festival, Headling stage at Latitude and soon to be Lion King Tour 2019
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Drum technician, Producer, Songwriter, Composer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Singing teaching, Examiner, Community music worker, Animateur, Actor
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