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ABOUT US

Unexpected Guests are an instrumental jazz funk trio who specialise in exploring the connection between jazz and hip hop. The band is Rob Major (k), Adam Hayes (d), David Kyle Payne (b).

We were born out of a 4 year residency at the hip hop night Excursions. Each gig poets, rappers, singers, dancers would come through and we'd back them on Badu, A Tribe called Quest and our own beats.

At some point someone named us Unexpected Guests. We play instrumentally but also love to collaborate. Because of that we've played with Chima Anya, supported Public Enemy and backed phenomenal rapper Raashan Ahmad on a number of occasions

We love locking into a hip hop groove, stretching and playing with the beat, getting people on their feet. We enjoy ourselves when our audience is enjoying themselves. We've now got a solid bunch of our original material but still love playing classic soulful hip hop breaks from Talib Kweli, Biggie and of course Dilla.

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Soul
  • Jazz
  • R&b
  • Hip hop
  • Funk
  • Instrumental
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We play these instruments:

  • Bass
  • Keys
  • Drums
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Private Party
  • Company Party
  • Festival
  • Birthday Party
  • VIP Event
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We are based in London, United Kingdom.

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PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

  • Price from £300
    Unexpected Guests
    Trio

    For each gig we would change expenses (1 meal + fuel).

    We can set ourselves up for sound in small gigs (small foyer or cafe)

    For any larger we require sound equipment + engineer with at least two monitors.

    Typical sound set up would be

    2/3 x mics for drums (bass + snare + overheads)

    1 x mono DI for bass

    1 x mono DI for keys

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  • Price from £350
    Unexpected Guests ft. Ella Jean
    Band

    The core band + a singer playing instrumental sets typically of 45/50 minutes per hour.

    This set could be typically broader as we could include more soul and pop songs.

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LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

1 Set List

Classic Beats With our Twist
01
Talib Kweli
Get By
02
De La Soul
Stakes is High
03
J Dilla
Fall in Love
04
Unexpected Guests
Goblin Shark
05
Black Eyed Peas
Joints and Jams
06
P Diddy
Bad Boy for Life
07
Anderson Paak
Come Down
08
A Tribe Called Quest
Can I Kick It?
09
Doo Wop
Lauryn Hill
10
All Fall Down
Kanye West

3 Tracks

REVIEWS

1 Review

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Our Christmas party was branded "the best one ever" by my colleagues, and for that I owe Unexpected Guests a huge thank you. Sure, they're incredible musicians... but they're also soulful, fun and humble. Their set managed to achieve what we thought was impossible: make a room of diverse ages, backgrounds and tastes get up and dance. Book them! And if you're not sure, feel free to get in touch with me directly. John R, [url hidden]

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Summary

Overall score
5.0
Punctuality
Standard
Professionalism