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The Collective Wedding Band


June 1st, 2016

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It’s time for our Wedding Wednesday offering and this week we’re dragging the fabulous wedding band The Collective into the spotlight, for a quick chat.

Who are The Collective?

The Collective are a 4 piece band based in Northamptonshire, available to perform at Wedding celebrations all over the UK. Fronted by X-Factor contestant Jamie Benkert and having all performed together for over 7 years, these guys really do know how to throw a professional party!

I caught up with the guys to ask what they felt sets the band apart from the crowd of wedding bands available:

What makes you different to other wedding bands?

“With our band, we’re fresh and young. We aren’t afraid to play outside of the box and really get the audience excited for the next song from our tried and tested flawless set list. My guys sound the part and look the part.”

Pretty much exactly what their video ‘says on the tin’. Cool, modern, young and fresh, but also incredibly professional! With the video containing hits by modern popstars such as Olly Murs, Daft Punk, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, but also old school artists such as The Temptations & R Kelly, it really does show off their ability to entertain all age ranges and tastes. What’s that? You haven’t seen it?

Now you’ve seen what the guys are all about! Let’s talk songs…

From your repertoire, which is your favourite song to perform?

“I’d say Uptown Funk, it always goes down a storm and most of the clients associate that with myself from my first audition on The X Factor too.”

If you didn’t see the audition, it was fantastic, Jamie had the crowd on their feet as he strutted across the stage to the amazement of the judges!

How about your favourite first dance song choice that’s been requested for you to perform?

So far, it has to be “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz

Lovely song, can’t agree more!

How about the song you feel goes down the best, crowd appreciation wise?

Stand By Me, every single time is a guaranteed winner. It’s such a nostalgic and timeless song.

I agree – you really can’t beat the classics! As good as the modern pop songs are, they’ll never beat the old school classics that will have the entire dance floor singing along.

The Collective & Jamie Benkert Pic

Down to the fun bits – let’s get to know you a bit more. Tell us:

Do you guys get on all of the time?

Totally, we’re friends on and off the stage. I feel like the Grandad of the band being the eldest but we like to chill and catch up on nights off here and there and that’s such an important chemistry to have as a band.

Who has the most annoying habbit?

Joe our guitarist loves to wear his nicely fitted trousers that seem to get the girls all flustered and it’s just annoying because I don’t have a bum like his so I get none of the attention haha!

Any funny wedding stories or happenings to share?

Well apart from Joe getting asked for a squeeze (and once a bite) of his bum most times at our shows, one time our drummer Ally was playing the drums so hard that he actually went right through his snare in the middle of a song and just had to keep hitting the sides and watch it cave in even more, warrior drummer!

The most important question: Buffet or Hogroast?

Buffett baby! haha

Jamie Benkert & The Collective performing

Long story short; want a fun, cool, youthful & professional wedding band to start a party for you? You should probably look no further than The Collective.


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