SUFFOLK WEDDING & EVENT SAXOPHONIST
In the past, I have been in the fortunate position to have worked with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends. I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking. What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick. So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them.
Today I had the chance to sit down with David Walker (The Sax Walker), a super-talented wedding & event Saxophonist who is based in Ipswich, UK. I've had the pleasure of working alongside David on a few occasions now and he's always throughly entertained the guests every time, with his unique blend of classic and contemporary hits.
For those readers who may not have come across your work before, please can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into being a wedding & event saxophonist?
David: I’m very fortunate that I come from an extremely musical family and my passion for music started at a very young age. I began learning the drums at the age of 5 and shortly after went on to learn the double bass. Being pushed by my mother, I received a scholarship to study at the London Guildhall School of Music where I went on to further my musical interest. At 14, the saxophone was the final instrument I was very keen to learn, and I’ve never looked back since! I started performing live at close friends and family’s weddings about 5 years ago and people were always asking me why I didn’t try and develop my skills into a business, so that’s what I did and it’s just snowballed from there!
In three words how would you describe your brand/business?
David: Unique, Current, Funky,
Who or what inspires the creativity in your work?
David: I listen to a lot of smooth jazz and although my playlist is predominately pop/chart music, I always try to incorporate a jazzy feel and element to my covers. I think it makes my performances exciting and diverse.
What trends are you currently seeing and how do you predict the future looks for wedding entertainment here in the UK?
David: My enterprise is relatively new, yet already I see a high demand for wedding entertainment. Considering the amount of weddings throughout the UK is increasing year on year, I’m excited to see what the future may hold.
How far in advance do you suggest couples come talk to you about their wedding music?
David: I appreciate that booking a wedding musician is not always going to be at the top of the “to do list” However, most reputable musicians, bands or DJ’s will be taking bookings as far as 2 years in advance. So to avoid disappointment, the earlier you can the better!
Which wedding blogs, magazines or other resources do you recommend that couples check out, in order to gain inspiration?
David: For me, it’s all about the socials - Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Magazines, although useful and very traditional, may not offer the scope of ideas that can perhaps now be found online.
What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding musicians?
David: Take time to read through their customer reviews. Avoid looking at their website and focus more on either Google or Facebook reviews as they can’t be manipulated or removed. Send over a few different enquires to make sure their service is priced accordingly and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you can think of, even if you think they may not be relevant.
Finally, what's the best thing about being a wedding & event saxophonist?
David: I’m extremely passionate and LOVE what I do. I take huge pride in every wedding or special event that I’m fortunate enough to be involved in - there’s nothing better than seeing an audience up dancing and enjoying my music!
My sincere thanks to David for his time. If you would like to speak to David about your forthcoming wedding, please check out his website.