9 reasons to book Mike Paul-Smith Music with confidence

Whether you’re organising an entertainment package for your client or looking for an exceptional band for your own wedding day, we know that choosing the right supplier and band line-up is really important for you and a decision you shouldn’t take lightly.

It can be difficult to put your trust in a band you may not have seen live, or a supplier you haven’t worked with before – so here are 9 reasons why we think you should choose Mike Paul-Smith Music, and why you can book our line-ups with complete confidence.

1. We’re not just a function band for your wedding day or event

Mike Paul-Smith Music's band Down for the Count performing at Cadogan Hall, London

Mike Paul-Smith Music’s band Down for the Count performing at Cadogan Hall, London

Our original line-up, Down for the Count, is one of the UK’s most highly regarded swing bands, regularly performing at prestigious theatres throughout the UK, world-famous jazz clubs and iconic concert halls.

Many of our previous clients have become regulars at our public performances, and often tell us how much it means to them to watch us perform live again. We offer them a unique opportunity to connect once again with the memory of the special occasion they celebrated with us.

For some of our wedding couples, celebrating their wedding anniversary with us has become somewhat of a tradition, returning year after year to see us perform their first dance live once again.

2. Every note you hear is live

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We never use backing tracks or click tracks, which ensures a genuine connection with our audiences and an energetic and spontaneous performance every time. The artistic value of our performance is important to us, and the musical integrity of a private function is as important to us as a public performance at a world-famous jazz club or concert hall.

3. Our promotional material is a true reflection of our live performance

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We’ve spent a lot of time making sure our demos and videos are a completely accurate representation of our live performance. Unlike some function bands videos (in which performers are filmed miming to an edited, multi-take studio recording), our demo material is always recorded completely live and often in front of a real, paying audience. 

4. We have performed for 1000’s of happy clients

We have performed for thousands of happy clients, and have been trusted to perform at prestigious venues across the UK and internationally. 

Previous clients include Ferrari, Bentley, Sony, Royal Ascot, James Corden, Deborah Meaden, Harvey Nichols, Lindt, BBC, Ernst & Young, The Huffington Post, English Heritage, Deloitte, BMW, Dell, AXA, Cheltenham Festival, KPMG, Next and many more. 

We regularly receive heartfelt thank you cards and testimonials from previous clients and a large proportion of our work comes from repeat clients, personal recommendations or from people seeing us perform at another event.

5. Established in 2005, we have over 18 years of experience and industry knowledge

Mike Paul-Smith Music providing a tailored entertainment package for Dell Computers in Marrkech

With over 18 years experience we have the expertise to guide you through the whole process of booking live entertainment, including…

– selecting the perfect line-up for your event

– building whole day music packages

– working with noise limiters or challenging acoustics

– logistics and production planning for overseas performances

– PA and production requirements for large scale and outdoor events

– choosing a first dance or planning your wedding day timings

– award ceremony stings and audio options for speeches and auto playlists

– in-house lighting packages or supplier recommendations for large-scale events

– immersive entertainment options, including vintage or contemporary dancers


6. Exceptional customer service

As a family-run business, we offer a truly personal service. We are always happy to advise clients and potential clients, offering free consultations and guidance throughout the whole process, from the initial enquiry to the final note of our performance. 

You will always correspond with Mike directly and we understand the importance of building excellent working relationships with both our clients and fellow suppliers. Our friendly yet professional service is what we pride ourselves on. We can create bespoke music packages and line-ups to suit your exact needs and our attention to detail is unparalleled. 

7. We've never missed a gig in 18 years

Our first ever performance was back in April 2005 – and since then we have played for over 1000 events, never missing or cancelling a performance in that time.

In this industry suppliers come and go, but Mike Paul-Smith Music is a long-standing, reputable provider of top-class entertainment. We operate with integrity and professionalism, and you can rely on us to deliver every time.

8. Quality guaranteed

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As a boutique supplier using a hand-picked collective of exceptional musicians that regularly work together, we can ensure the quality of our performances are always of the highest calibre. We invest in top-quality stage lighting and PA to ensure our performances are always of the highest industry standards.

9. You can see us live before you book

Our swing band, Down for the Count, regularly tours theatres, jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the UK. Our original party band line-up, The Get Downs, perform their Music of Motown show at a number of Pizza Express Jazz Clubs each year.

We hope this article has given you a good understanding of the things that set us apart from other bands and agencies, and has also assured you that you are in safe and experienced hands when you book with Mike Paul-Smith Music.

If you would like any more information about the booking process or wish to discuss any of our line-ups or music packages, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: book a free consultation online, pick up the phone or email Mike today.

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