Frequently Asked Questions
How much do you charge?
This depends on a number of factors. As a guide, our basic fee for a local event playing our standard repertoire is €850 for a 2-hour performance (including break). Please contact us in the first instance to obtain a quotation for your event.
Can you perform outdoors?
Yes, but please bear in mind that 2 separate power sockets capable of delivering 13A each are required (not a multi-way adaptor). If a generator is used, it must be able to provide at least 7.5kW. There should also be adequate weather protection - even in Spain, rain and wind can be a problem!
How far will you travel?
We are based in Javea, Costa Blanca - but we are able to travel to most destinations throughout Spain, although the quotation will take travel distance and time into consideration.
Can you play specific songs?
We are certainly able to consider learning one or two specific songs for an event booking, although time restraints and song feasibility play the ultimate bearing factor in this. Any requests should be made at the time of booking to avoid any disappointment.
How loud do you play?
A five piece live band does carry quite a bit of volume, but no more than your average DJ - and more importantly, the quality of the sound is considerably better. A good live band will produce a wide range of dynamics, compared to CD/DJ music which is compressed and 'in your face' all of the time.
How much space and equipment do you need?
We can play at any type of venue, the only requirements being: adequate space for a five piece band and access to two mains sockets capable of delivering 13A each. If it is an outside event, the band must be suitably protected from weather elements and provided with a suitable power source (see above). No further equipment is required. PA lights are all provided by Strikland.
Do I need to provide anything for you on the day?
Apart from the balance of the fee, the only requirement is that refreshments for the band should be provided free of charge.
Of course, access to any buffet on offer is always welcomed and makes for a happy band!
How do I book Strikland?
Bookings are secured by a 30% deposit. The outstanding balance is due in cash prior to the performance on the night, or by cheque no less than 14 days prior to the event).
Please note that no date is secured without the aforementioned deposit. Tentative enquiries do not constitute a booking or reservation. Strikland receives many enquiries for the same day, and we will accept the first contracted booking with deposit. Therefore book early in order to avoid disappointment.
Do you play totally live?
Yes, Strikland comprises keyboards, drums, bass guitar and lead/rhythm guitar and vocals. Strikland does not use any backing tracks of any form, nor the use of sequencers. Being a proper live band, Strikland can truly play live and instantly adapt to the audience, making for a successful event.
The venue has a 'sound limiter' - is this a problem?
It can be. In our experience, most sound limiters are not 'live band' friendly, they often trigger during performance and quite ironically during audience applause!
Sound Limiters are designed to control DJ style music; this is quite different to a live band which has a much greater dynamic range. It is our recommendation that the sound limiter is turned off for a live band performance. This will prevent the show being interrupted and your event being spoilt. Neither the venue nor Strikland will accept any liability or losses due to this.
Can I see you play before booking?
Of course! We regularly play public gigs in and around the Costa Blanca and you are more than welcome to attend one of these. Please check the Gigs page on our website for an up-to-date gig list. For a more immediate viewing, we are happy for you to attend one of our rehearsals by appointment. Whilst we dont use the full sound and lighting system at a rehearsal, it will give you a chance to meet us and hear us play in a more informal situation.
What kind of events will you play for?
We really don't mind what kind of event it is. If it requires a good live band, we'll be happy to oblige! Events typically include: weddings; birthday parties; anniversaries; work parties; summer balls; dinner dances; corporate events; business promotions; school proms.
Can my friend sing or play a song with you?
Absolutely. Engaging the audience is what we're known for! We can work this into one of our sets if it is for a set piece, but we do need to know in advance what is to be performed.