As Daniel from Soul Station Orchestra will tell you, “venue, food and entertainment are the three biggest components to any event” so you don’t want to make the wrong choice when deciding on the perfect musical entertainment for your wedding. There are all kinds of bands out there but Soul Station Orchestra is quite unique. We caught up with Daniel to find out what makes them different from the rest.
When did you first start Soul Station Orchestra?
Soul Station was founded in 2013. When we first started, we were a small group playing mostly for cocktail events and small get-togethers. A year later, we added our String Trio. Fast forward to today, Soul Station Orchestra has everything in order to provide the perfect live entertainment for the client’s dream event; full party band, DJ, jazz/pop group, classical music, etc.
What’s been fantastic about seeing Soul Station grow is having the opportunity to work with such amazing musicians. Every member of the orchestra is a university trained music graduate. There’s no better feeling to perform with a great group in front of an audience ready to have a good time!
What were your aspirations for the band when you began?
All my life, music took centre stage. I first had the idea to put together an entertainment group during my first year at Vanier College. It had been already a handful of years I was learning electric bass and upright bass and I wanted to create opportunities to share the music that I grew up loving. However, I envisioned providing my clients with the live musical experience for their events. It’s a completely different feeling to see your favourite songs come alive with a band. So as SoulStation gained more opportunities, the vision grew to providing live music to all events, big or small.
How would you sum up your style?
Our style is classy and professional, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t flexible! If the client has a specific vision for their event, we are not afraid to make that dream a reality.
Of course, whatever the event, we give it our best. The opportunity to perform for an enthusiastic crowd is always a pleasure.
What are the songs that really get the crowd going?
It really depends on the sort of event; but one thing is for sure, seeing people show their emotions because they hear a certain song is pretty fantastic.
With our 5 to 8 piece party band, the moment we start playing disco or Motown, people run to the dance floor and really feel the music! When our cocktail group, the Ultra Lounge, is playing jazz or light pop covers, it brings your cocktail event to the next level; suddenly there is something more to look forward to other than the hors-d’oeuvres. With the String Trio, there’s a certain elegance that only classical instruments can create. Finally, with our DJ, some get pretty excited the moment Drake comes on 😉
How do couples let you know what kind of music they’d like for their wedding?
Once a couple reaches out to us, we will set up a meeting to get to know each other and the details of what they are looking for. If they are selecting music for a cocktail setting, the party band or our DJ, we provide an example of our repertoire. However, if they are looking to hire the String Trio for their wedding ceremony, we provide a detailed list that they can choose their specific songs for the different moments of their ceremony.
No matter the music group they choose, we are always open to special requests. If they are looking for lighting equipment, it is also available.
How early do brides need to think about booking their entertainment?
Venue, food and entertainment are the three biggest components to any event, and a wedding is no different. If couples want to be sure that we will be available, it’s best to contact us 6 months prior to their big day.
What do you do for fun when not playing with the band?
I love nature and classic car shows! When music is your career, it’s nice sometimes to disconnect from your regular routine to find inspiration elsewhere. I guess you can say I was born in the wrong decade, but I’m nostalgic for a time I didn’t grow up in when Montreal was a younger city in the 1960’s and 70’s. The cars, the style and the music where all fantastic and the city was growing slowly into the Metropolis it is today.
Where can we find you online?
Big thanks to Daniel for chatting to us about the orchestra and all they have to offer. Make sure you reach out if you want something special for your own wedding.