Hello 2019! Better late than never I suppose… and with that I’d like to apologise for my blogging neglect over the last few months. The first couple of months of the year are always notoriously quiet for weddings, so this year I decided to enjoy the rare time off to squeeze in a couple of trips away for holiday! It was lovely to have the time to visit Dubai and France in February, and it also gave me time to do some of that dreaded ‘wed-min’ (yes, that’s wedding admin – the rabbit hole to end all rabbit holes). Our approaching nuptials are next month and I’ve realised that, with only 6 months to plan everything, organising a wedding can be a full-time job. I’ve become obsessed with spreadsheets and addicted to to-do lists. I can honestly say it has been more relaxing having a jam-packed performance schedule this last week compared to stressing about origami place names.
In terms of work, these last few months have mainly consisted of performing at corporate parties. Back in January I was asked back to perform my electric violin chill-out set at the IMED Science Awards in Cambridge for the fourth year in a row! This is always an absolute hoot, and this year they really upped their game with the light decorations, as displayed by this LED portal that was too good to not get a photo:
I’ve also had a blast recently performing for corporate parties; such as the Hertfordshire Golf Captains Dinner with Martin Toal, the IET Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel, as well as an office launch party with André Saxman Brown in Camden. André and I also recently performed with Entourage band mate and percussionist, Deji, at a special launch party for IWC Schaffhausen at George Cleverley in The Royal Arcade, London. It was a limited edition watch and 150 of the IWC Pilot’s Watch 36mm sold out in 18 minutes! Check out this little video of the event, with some famous faces in attendance too.
Watches have been a bit of a theme recently, as last week I was booked to perform at the Movado Group Summit at Davos Congress Centre, Switzerland with DJ Phoebe. We played a chilled set of bossa nova and Latin lounge music during the cocktail reception for some 450 guests in attendance. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed playing guests in from the top of an illustrious staircase, so much so that I am considering adding this as a performance condition for all future gigs as part of my rider. The venue also included an excellent LED wall that deserved at least 11 boomerang photo attempts. Here’s the winning shot: