Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most common shows are equally split between two "concert" types.
One type being public events like a county fair or a music festival or a wine tasting. These can be from 45 minutes to several hours. We perform about half covers and half originals at these gigs.
The other being shows at nightclub where tickets are sold and/or you pay at the door. We may play with another band as a double bill, or as opening band, or as headliner. These are usually 45 minutes to about two hours. We perform our best original material at these shows.
The next most common are shows are clubs and restaurants that don't charge for admission. We tend to stay away from the "bar band" venues, and we tend to play in cities (and venues) where we are paid best.
Though not our main focus, we perform at many private engagements, and enjoy a considerable amount of work outside of the typical concert circuit . From corporate events, to life milestones (birthday, wedding, anniversary, life celebration), to wineries and country clubs, we have found many loyal and satisfied customers over the last few years.
The most interesting part is that many people who enjoy Omani are not your typical reggae fans. In fact, i addition to our die hard reggae fans, a lot of folks tell us that they didn't think that they liked reggae music, but they love listening to Omani. Our universal sound reaches across age, gender, social class, and all demographics.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Always try to contact an artist or band as directly as possible. We can be contacted at http://omaniband.com
Look at the history of a band you wish to hire.
How long have they been around?
Have they played events that seem comparable to yours? You probably don't want a punk band for your dinner auction.
Do they seem like they can be trusted to show up on time and be reliable and professional? Sometimes bands are a little bit flaky.
Ask for references, or better yet try to find them yourself.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We pride ourselves in being uniquely (in the live music industry) professional and being reliable with attention to detail. We take care of business, and can still have fun doing it, and that feeling is contagious.
The main focus is original music events, but we do quite a few private engagements, or non "concert" shows we include a tasty variety of familiar reggae cover songs by Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Inner Circle, and Tenor Saw, as well as "reggaefied" versions of songs by Steve Miller, Eagles, and Led Zeppelin.
The sound and vibe is strongly compatible with family friendly public and private events, and equally at home doing a concert in a music hall or night club.
This includes weddings, life celebrations, birthdays, fundraisers, grand openings, employee events etc.
We still book many of our shows directly with talent buyers so contact us at omaniband.com.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. It's rewarding to put yourself out there in musical self expression, and then to feel some appreciation of it. That connection is what makes it all worth while. Without an audience to enjoy the music, there's a large piece missing. Like the tree falling in the woods, but nobody there to hear it.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q: "Are you a cover band (or "Can you play at our wedding ...)"
A: Yes, we can perform at your event. No, Omani is not a cover band, or a traditional "wedding band", and we are not a jukebox. Not all of our shows are concert type events. And some of these shows we throw in extra material, including live dub, improvisational jams, and also some cover songs. In addition to corporate gigs, we've performed at many unusual private affairs such as a life celebration, and we will consider any event as long as it doesn't promote hatred.
Q: "How much do you charge?"
A: This depends on so many different things. How long we perform, how far we travel, does it require being away from home overnight, do we provide the sound system, how easy/difficult are the load in and parking logistics (carrying heavy gear up a long steep hill isn't fun), is this event specifically about the artist's music (concert or music festival) or is this a private event (birthday, corporate event, holiday party, celebrate a milestone, etc.), the conditions such as weather and temperature, the degree of exposure to a demographic that actually supports (purchases CDs and merchandise) original reggae music artists, are there perks like legitimate press reviews or a radio interview to promote and publicize, is this a "bar band" gig or is it a concert where tickets are sold (or a cover charge) for true live music fans who put up there hard earned money, and other finer details.
Basically it kind of goes like this. The more the event is about Omani, the art of music, has publicity, and eager fans, then the lower the price can be with plenty of room for being flexible as needed.
The more the event is to commemorate someone or something, the more the price will reflect hiring a group of professionals to come entertain your crowd. We will work with you to help make sure that you get exactly what you want, and that you know what to expect.
Q: "Can you play (insert favorite song title here)?"
A: If it's on our setlist, sure, no problem at all. If we don't, then we'd be happy to devote time and resources to studying and rehearsing so that we can perform your favorite song(s) for you. Please be aware that this will increase the cost as it requires a significant investment of our time and effort in order to learn something that we are likely perform just once for you.