Who Are Soul Education?
The shows are huge, need a lot of space and rehearsal time, and are much more niche and self indulgent (!) than our shows with TWK.
It is an opportunity for us to join forces a few times a year with other musicians and artists we rarely have the opportunity to perform with, showcasing everyone’s musicianship and talent to the max. We use the shows as a chance to perform challenging material by our favourite artists that may be a little too specific for the shows we put out with TWK. If you are into your Soul & Funk, it’s an incredible show to watch, but doesn’t work so well at many of our private events!
It can be a real challenge to bring a band of that size into a small venue for a few hundred people, and 9 times out of 10 it is not particularly cost effective for our clients.
The Soul Education show is specifically designed for public music venues, and for that reason we don’t tend to offer SE to be booked at private events. Instead we direct our clients, who are looking for private music entertainment, toward The White Keys who are experts in that area of the industry.
Think of TWK as a scaled down, all audience friendly, experienced and professional version of Soul Education, specifically tailored for your individual event needs!
TWK have six years and over 600 years experience in weddings, corporate and international private entertainment so you have come to the right place!
How much does it cost to book The White Keys?
We have a limited amount of space..which line up?
What is the difference between each line up?
6 Piece Band – 1 x female vocal, 1 x male vocal, guitar, bass, keys, drums
7 Piece Band – 2 x female vocals, 1 x male vocal, guitar, bass, keys, drums
8 Piece Band – 1 x Female Vocals, 1 x male vocal, guitar, bass, keys, drums, TENOR SAX & TRUMPET
9 Piece Band – 2 x female vocals, 1 x male vocal, guitar, bass, keys, drums, TENOR SAX & TRUMPET
10 Piece Band – 2 x female vocals, 2 x male vocals, guitar, bass, keys, drums, TENOR SAX, ALTO SAX & TRUMPET
12 Piece Band – 2 x Female Vocals, 2 x male vocal, guitar, bass, keys, drums, TENOR SAX, ALTO SAX & TRUMPET, PERCUSSION
Please enquire about bigger line ups if space and budget allow!
Can we come and see you live?
Performing with The White Keys is a full-time job, so unfortunately we cannot showcase to the public as often as we would like.
We are a company that now works solely on word of mouth recommendation and demand often outweighs what we can physically supply. At the moment, we do not have time to advertise ourselves outside of our circle of recommendation.
Most of our events are private functions and it is difficult for us to invite people along as many of our shows are relatively high profile. It is strictly against our policy to ‘sneak in’ guests as it is very inappropriate for us to do (we are sure you wouldn’t be too keen on strangers at your event either!)
We know this may sound crazy, but if a band is too busy to be putting on public showcases, this is a very good sign! We promise!
During quieter periods of the year, our supergroup Soul Education may put on a public show, which will feature elements of the TWK sets. Link up to the Soul Education social media and we will keep you posted!
Can I request/guarantee specific singers or other band members?
The White Keys are part of a collective, and with each member having been carefully selected for their talent, each of our members are as important to the workings of the group as the other. If you have a certain request, you can by all means raise this with us on booking but as with any show, we cannot guarantee individual band members availability 100%.
The No.1 reason that The White Keys are of such high calibre, and in such high demand worldwide, is quite simply because we refuse to feature anything less than the very best singers and musicians that are currently around. As a general rule, guaranteeing individuals very far in advance would be a poor reflection of their quality as an artist.
This is not what The White Keys represent as a band and we are proud that our motto is to only feature the very best current talent.
The downside to this is that we are unable to completely guarantee each and every individuals attendance 100%. The upside is that because we refuse for our standard to be set any less, we are well known amongst the music industry as being the very best at what we do. For this reason, we have found over the years that musicians and artists will often prioritise our gig above a getting a high profile call elsewhere. In fact, we are so well known for our reputation that we regularly have some of the UK’s best calling US for a chance to work with the band…rather than the other way round. We’re sure you can understand though, that if Beyonce calls…you’ve gotta take the gig! Luckily, most of the session work we do is during the week so this is usually only a hypothetical precaution we have to prepare for. It RARELY happens…we just need to prepare you that it might… we hope that makes sense and you can appreciate our honesty!
You will probably find that not many other bands will be as up front with you about this issue in fear of losing your booking, but with 150+ shows per year (nearly all of which are off the back of our reputation), we can afford to be frank with you! Believe us when we say ALL function bands of our standard are in the same boat with this, and if somebody else is saying they can guarantee you otherwise we would warn you to be overly cautious about the quality of what they are trying to sell you.
We can, however, guarantee that The White Keys – a collective of the UK music industry’s finest talent – will perform at your event, and you will not be disappointed!
Unless circumstances beyond control occur, our singers showcased on our videos are the artists that are currently working with the band the most and generally will perform at 80-90% of shows. In the occurrence that they need to be replaced, we have a roster of top quality stand-ins who work regularly as featured vocalists with the band, all of whom are either working full time in the West End or as top session vocalists, as well as some being previous finalists of shows such as the ‘The Voice’ & ‘X Factor’. The reason we don’t show these guys on our website is because everyone would want them!
How much space do you require?
Can we choose all of the songs for your live set lists?
Over the years, we have discovered that many of our favourite songs don’t work as well as others in a live situation and there are certain songs that constantly crop up as requests from our clients which can actually be real dance floor clearers as well! If enough of our audience aren’t enjoying dancing to one song compared to another, they will usually use the opportunity to head off to the bar and even if they have every intention to return a few minutes later, it can be incredibly hard to get them back!
It is also very important for us to put certain songs in certain places and this is something that has been honed after years of trial and error. With all of that in mind, we have taken the songs that sound the best live, and fill the dance floor the most, and spent a lot of time arranging them into unique medleys which can be up to 20 minutes long! These are designed by us to ensure constant energy and fast movement so it’s very difficult to choose the setlist song by song. What we ask for you to do instead is to fill out our ‘traffic light’ survey which is the list of all of our repertoire with green, amber and red selections by each. This will give us a good idea of your music tastes as a whole and we can then design our set lists around your favourites, miss out the ones you don’t like and suggest some good ones you may have overlooked from the amber section. We will send this out to you on booking confirmation.
What happens if one of you falls sick on the day?
The White Keys are a ‘working band’ and a professional business so the band cannot really ‘split up’ in the way that conventional bands may. Although the members you see displayed on this site are the musicians that work for the band full time, we work closely with a good selection of the highest quality musicians right across the country. We have official, rehearsed, ‘deps’ or understudies who are ready to stand in at the last minute should an emergency occur, and we can guarantee that the standard of the band will not falter should this be the case. As well as the fact that we regularly alternate between players to give the other a break, our ‘B team’ are working in the West End, on television and on global pop tours when they are not working with us, so you will be in safe hands either way…our reputation depends on it!