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Simon Whittaker is a freelance percussionist performing, collaborating and producing in and around the south of England.
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Electronic, Ambient, Drum 'n' Bass, EDM, Dubstep, Electronica, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Cumbia, Latin, Reggae, Samba, Salsa
Arranger, Composer, Drum technician, Transcription, Sound technician, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
I have years of experience in a wide range of musical idioms...
Drum kit sessions
Percussion in Cuban band
Singing in an acoustic folk group
And many many more
What if my timings change after I've booked you?
We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let us know.
Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?
If we're bringing a PA to the event this is fine. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set, we provide this for £100 per extra hour.
How much time do you need to set up?
We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our equipment is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!
Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?
Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.
Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?
Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.
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 £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
Which venues have you performed at in the past?
In the UK I've played at the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, The Hideaway, Royal Festival Hall, Brixton Academy, Love Supreme festival, London Palladium, Goodwood Festival, Lords Cricket Ground, Emirates Stadium, Manchester Hilton. In Europe I've performed at Chateau Margot (Bordeaux), Clermont-Ferrand, The Pyrenees, Croatia, Sicily...
What is the most high profile gig you've performed?
The most high profile gig I didn't do was when I turned down playing for the Pope in hyde park. Sadly I already had a booking and it was easier to dep the Pope gig! A musical highlight for me was playing with Monobloco in Rio.
Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.
|Short performance (up to 15 min)||£75|
|Up to 1 hour||£200|
|Up to 2 hours||£250|
|Up to 3 hours||£300|
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