Summer 2015

What’s been happening this year with the band then? Well, we’ve had probably our busiest year ever and we’ve added a new member to the team. Chippie (real name Chris) has been our sound engineer this year and with the ever-expanding amount of gear we gig with he’s become invaluable. It’s a good job we’ve got him on board as we’ve got a new digital mixing desk with WIFI (no, not for checking Facebook while performing) and new speakers and super bassy subwoofer. This helps us make our show even bigger and better than ever before. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon, thank you for all your support this year!

David
Fat Cat Soul Band

Hampshire Wedding Band

 

Fat Tuesdays for Funk / Soul / Jazz / Blues musicians

It’s been a while since I put up a blog.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting married recently so have been pre-occupied :) .  I’ll write a blog about some of the excellent suppliers we found sometime soon, and also one about the nightmare that finding a band can be! Some of the demands bands make, and fees that agents charge left me a little cold. Anyway – another time..  

I have an inkling of an idea. It’s a mere spark in the milkman’s eye at the moment but why not put it on the internet.

Whenever I’m thinking about what to do for an evening out there are 2 things that tend to spring to mind.  First is that I would like to see more local gigs that showcase quality music and clever ideas.  Second is that I’m always on the look out to meet and play with more musicians.

Unfortunately many of the gigs that you stumble across don’t display much in terms of ambition and ability.  For those of us who are in bands there is always the problem of finding deps, and keeping them up to speed with what you do. I also suspect that there are many musicians out there who have not had the chance to sit in with bands either for fun, for extra cash, or even just experience and to cut their teeth.

What if we could start a regular night where we took over a venue, had some equipment set up, and let a variety of bands play a few numbers each / share ideas / jam / collaborate? Let people showcase ideas or meet and play with potential deps.  It would essentially be a free club for local musicians to bring ideas and have fun. Of course you’d need to be invited to play… we wouldn’t want it to border on karaoke!

It’s probably just a dream but wouldn’t it be cool to know you could just show up, hear quality music, meet like minded musicians and have a few drinks. 

Maybe it’s just me…?

A few recent gigs

How is everyone? I thought I’d write a little blog about some recent gigs that we’ve had, and some that are coming up.

We’ve been busy recently and we’ve got bookings every weekend for the next 5 weekends after this one! Times are good in the Fat cat camp, if a little busy :) .

A few weeks ago we took a trip down to Littlesea holiday park in Weymouth.  Oh man did it rain!! It rained all the way there, all evening, and all the way home!  It rained so much that their swimming pool flooded!  I kid you not – there was water gushing in and the water level of the pool rose at least a foot.  They were meant to be hosting an event in a marquee but that had to be moved indoors, which moved us into the onsite pub.  The opening act (a vocalist) got stuck in the rain and couldn’t make it, so we followed a last minute draft in vocalist singing mainly to families eating.  The guy is the manager of the Papa John’s pizza stall there. He did an amazing job stepping in at the last minute and getting everyone in the mood.  We then went on and, after everyone had finished eating, had a busy dancefloor including a 118 man and a “where’s Wally”!  We also had a few ladies dancing, one of which who took a shine to one of our horn section… I won’t say who and embarrass them…. but it’s not the girl, the Indian, or the trombone player… ;) … (sorry Pete.. I mean sorry mystery horn player).

All the people who work there are legends! They really worked hard to make sure that the evening was seemless, despite the torrential rains and flooding.  We got the gig through the lovely guys at Sonic Artists Ltd – God bless ‘em, and hope to get a few more down that way. If you don’t know Sonic Artists then check them out: http://sonicartists.com/

Next we did our usual stint at the Winevaults in Albert Road.  An awesome evening and perhaps one of our busiest there to date. I love it when the whole room is dancing and singing.  We’ve hoping to be back there again soon – watch this space.

We then played for the berth holders party at Haslar Marina.  What a fantastic crowd!  They were brilliant and danced most of the night, even with a stomach full of delicious BBQ food!  Haslar put on a party to remember and everyone who works there were so friendly. We were properly looked after by the good folks there and are really keen to head back again next year.

So coming up we are returning to the Bear at Home’s beer festival in North Moreton, Oxford.  Last year we had a day of sunshine, good beer, BBQ food and music. It was legend….ary.  We’re a lucky band to be so well looked after wherever we go. I’m seriously looking forward to it again and it looks like the weather will have improved in time as well.  Yes!!  http://www.moretonbeerandcricket.co.uk/SAT.html

After that we are then playing a charity gig on Hayling Island – Saturday night live.  Headlined by Superhero we are playing one of the early slots in the evening.  Should be a great night – look it up and come along! http://www.hicca.co.uk/

As always keep an eye on the website for what’s coming up.  Hope to see you at a gig sometime soon!  Come and say hi to us, have a chat and a beer.

All the best :)

A controversial defence

** Due to the controversial nature of this blog I should state that this is my opinion alone, and not necessarily that of the whole Fat Cat Soul Band **

A few weeks ago I was doing some sorting and tidying in my flat.  From the next room I heard my lovely girlfriend shout “Simon, we need to talk”.  So, heart in mouth, I head into the other room to see her standing there, holding something that is supposed to elicit shame and embarrassment in me. I know what you’re all assuming, but no you’re wrong.  In her eyes this may be considered worse….

It was my “One night alone… live” Prince boxset.

A small argument ensued around a) whether I should own such an item (and have it out in the open for just anyone to see), and b) whether Prince is in fact any good.

Prince has written some incredible funk songs and I will happily defend that point against anyone.  The arrangements from the structure to the use of horns is always so tasteful, and it always grooves. On nearly every album he’s done there is at least one killer funk tune – there’s a reason that people like Maceo Parker are happy to play with him (besides the cash).  Check out these examples for some slightly lesser known examples:

FUNK – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iPcUFNR2aA
The Work – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYb_Kl-qKcI
Family Name – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXWbNotSawI&feature=related
Get on the boat (sorry for the image used) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zk0_U7siJc
Musicology – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG301CI1rHs&feature=related
Ol’ skool company – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuGrQPf_ioY

Now I know that you could probably put up a load of links to songs that would make me cringe (and even more photos of his outfits from the past) but these songs are great and the guy really knows how to do funk. Not only that but he (and importantly his band) put on a really exceptional live show.

Now to be balanced and to show that I’m not blindly naive I should share this brilliant story from Kevin Smith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy_cLJ19HMg&feature=relmfu. Follow the links for the whole story – I apologise for some of the language in this but the guy can really tell a story. I respect Prince and recognise talent, but clearly he can sometimes come across as very very weird.

So whilst I will defend my admiration of some of Prince’s music, I wouldn’t say he’s in my top 10 of people I want to have a beer with!  Mind you, it could be worse… Lionel …. just saying Nat… ;)