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Headliner Backstage

Welcome to Backstage. This is your dedicated artist area, where you can find hints and tips on how to best use the platform, educational articles and inspirational content.

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    How to's and best practices on creating high quality materials.
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    How to increase your ranking in the Headliner search and beyond.
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    We go through the basics, from pricing and insurance to tax returns.
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Recommended Articles

  • Using the Headliner Messaging System to convert enquiries into bookings
    One key factor shared by many of our top performing artists on platform is how well they communicate with clients through our messaging system. Including the right information about your quote (at the right time!) is a crucial step towards converting your enquiry into a booking. We've put together a handy guideline on how to communicate as efficiently as possible to help you start improving your performance on platform and experience fantastic results:
  • Meet The Hoops
    Meet The Hoops, the energetic party band that's unafraid to take chances with their songs (even making a few mashups along the way). Hailing from London, this group dominates with floor-filling hits from the 60's right up to present day. The Hoops promise that the client always comes first, holding an evergrowing songlist of well over 100 tunes that can be catered to all age groups.
  • Introducing The Summit Soul
    Meet The Summit Soul, the band who recently booked separate back-to-back events for Headliner. Their performances fuse infectious energy and an engaging stage presence, guaranteeing instant captivation from their audiences. In this interview they explain how they navigate the Headliner platform, as well as what they believe is the key to being a successful function band.

The Inspirational Corner

Interviews, showcases and lots of inspirational material.
  • Meet The Hoops, the energetic party band that's unafraid to take chances with their songs (even making a few mashups along the way). Hailing from London, this group dominates with floor-filling hits from the 60's right up to present day. The Hoops promise that the client always comes first, holding an evergrowing songlist of well over 100 tunes that can be catered to all age groups.
  • Meet The Summit Soul, the band who recently booked separate back-to-back events for Headliner. Their performances fuse infectious energy and an engaging stage presence, guaranteeing instant captivation from their audiences. In this interview they explain how they navigate the Headliner platform, as well as what they believe is the key to being a successful function band.
  • Meet Grazia Strings, the innovative crossover quartet who offer both acoustic and electric instruments in their packages. This all female power group merges both classical and pop styles to arrange an entirely unique experience for their clients.
  • Nathan Curran, a.k.a. Tugg, has been the regular drummer for renowned British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx for a number of years, and has toured with them from Glastonbury to South Africa. However, little do people know that Tugg has also been a DJ for as long as his celebrated drumming career. Inspired by the likes of DJ Harvey, Tugg plays all different styles of eclectic music ranging from disco, boogie, house, soul, afro latin, to party classics. We are very privileged to have Tugg feature on this issue of the Headliner Backstage Blog, where he shares his definition of a 'unique' musician and how he manages to balance his dual music identity.
  • Remember the days when you would wait apprehensively for the latest album by that one particular artist? For Anton Frederick, a.k.a. DJ Scarcha Vybz, the Pure Garage series mixed by DJ EZ has always been his first pick and main source of inspiration of the musician he is now. As one of Headliner's leading enquired acts, Scarcha Vybz has decided to share some pointers for up-and-coming artists and DJs, as well as the family story behind his very peculiar stage name.
  • Like every single one of you avid music aficionados out there, Tom Powell takes great pleasure in writing, arranging, and performing his work. Be it swing, blues, pop, rock, or EDM, 'truth' has always been the most important thing that Tom Powell seeks in his music. We were very lucky to have Tom come to our office in London and share his distinct approach of picking the right music to arrange and his experience of dealing with every performer's common headache, a tough crowd.
  • With nearly 20 years of experience DJing around the UK and Europe, Mark Green understands better than anyone that becoming a successful DJ is, by no means, a stroll in the park. We decided to have a chat with Mark to figure out how he alters his music to cater to different types of events, as well as what advice he has for aspiring DJs...
  • As a drummer, percussionist and music producer, Stefano Cestra really moves things in the right direction. Recognized as one of the pioneers of live percussion in the London club scene, he truly puts his soul into every performance. We decided to have a chat with him to learn more about him and how he navigates through the Headliner platform.
  • Meet Leo Wilcox, a versatile DJ and owner of record label Basement Recordings. He has DJ’d internationally, playing a wide range of different function events. Leo also has converted every single Headliner enquiry he has gotten into a booking. We thought we would sit down and learn more about him and what makes him successful.
  • Meet Elements Acoustic Duo, a pair that actually got their start as members of a five-piece band. We asked them to discuss the ins and outs of creating a successful and unique duo. Read on to get to know the pair and learn about the benefits of forming a duo act.
  • Meet Annie's Room, a group of dedicated session musicians who've formed a powerhouse of a function band. With roots ranging from the London jam circuit, to touring with One Direction, Annie's Room holds a wealth of experience in their musical arsenal. Read on to learn about their valuable advice on how they moved seamlessly from session to function.
  • Meet The Illegal Regals, the melodic rock band with punk influence who formed during the Queen's Silver Jubilee. While finding time for both original music and covers, this band has some great advice for new artists who want to earn money doing what they love. They put together a special vlog of their interview questions, so make sure to give it a watch. Also, you can read on below to learn more about them, as well as their advice about why doing function music has been helpful towards launching a music career.
  • Meet The Curious Incident, a band who will bring you on a wild journey of flavour infused genre-mixing influenced from across the globe. Describing their eclectic sound as the spice of Hot Sauce and nice of Lemonade, their performance experience ranges from rocking weddings and corporate events to opening for The Zombies (!). Read on to learn more about them, as well as their advice about why doing function music has been helpful towards launching a music career.
  • Meet MK & the Misters, a youthful and energetic function band from London. Their dedication to their craft and longstanding friendship with each other is as inspirational as it is enjoyable. We asked them to dig deep and reflect on what makes their dynamic work so well.
  • Roameo are here to redefine your preconceptions about function bands. Despite being a fairly new outfit, they are already hugely popular. It doesn't surprise us.. Their bubbly personalities and fun attitudes are infectious. Exactly what you need at a party! We asked them a few questions...
  • George Hilton is well versed in the art of DJing. From clubs to weddings and corporate parties, George knows how to tailor his sets to meet his clients needs.
  • The P.Y.Ts have been on Headliner from the very beginning, and they are one of the sites most popular party bands. They've played at amazing events, such as Facebook's Christmas party at Abbey Road Studios! We've been speaking with Henry, who runs the band, about working as a bandleader and session musician, as well as what it takes to be a successful function band.