The biggest news about wedding music entertainment, we have to say, is that there is actual news about wedding music entertainment. Though still uncertain, we use this upturn to update you on the trends, shifts and adjustments of the Austrian wedding event and entertainment industry. A longing to connect with people and sharing a physical space again has led to changes in wedding event concepts.
A survey by MICA, the Austrian professional society for music artists in Austria shows this trend very well. While there currently is a certain “run” on digital replacement formats, it can be difficult to transfer weddings and other events to the digital world in a satisfactory way. If so, then perhaps more as a symbolic act since many events depend on guests sharing a physical space with each other and thus also a sensual experience.
DJs never grow old
DJs are artists but are not officially recognized as such. Austrian DJs during COVID-19 lockdown(s) made the move to unite and forge a trade union to combat professional issues such as these, made even more apparent by the pandemic. One DJ who has been active since the 90s is ELECTRIC INDIGO aka Susanne Kirchmayr. The DJ work comes in various forms. While in the Club scene the term DJ refers to an artist using tracks to mix sounds – often live – on stage, this is different for e.g. weddings. Here, the style is selected by the couple, for instance Jazz, or Pop or Rock’n Roll. As a wedding planner I have trusted and tried DJs I would use again and again. Alternatively, there are countless websites offering DJ services, such as Rent-a-DJ or Eventzone.
DJ live acts – mixing musical genres successfully
A very cool way of elaborating on the whole DJ idea, and particularly interesting if you really love the live music feel, are DJ live acts. It’s really fun to combine a Saxophonist or Percussions and/or Vocals with the beat produced by the DJ. No one will be able to resist the pull to the dance floor!
Think Soloists for wedding music that feels intimate
Pintimate weddings – referring to a cross-over between personal and intimate weddings – took place more and more often even before the pandemic hit. And this has now become a firm trend and favorite with couples all over the world. Setting the scene musically often works best with a solo act, such as a beautiful vocal artist or violinist. We love the personality, spirit and sheer musical prowess of the Irish soloist Karen Murray, who, luckily, decided to stay in Austria. Listen to her rendition of ‘Danny boy‘ from 7′:55” approx. if you want. But for a melody, that you may have not heard yet and that will surely bring tears to your eyes, go to 14’:30”!
Live Bands – read about the new darlings of the Austrian musical entertainment scene
The Austrian live music scene has everything on offer, from laid back sounds like the Indierockband ‘Banki Moon‘ to lively Bluegrass with ‘Nugget‘ or Schrammelmusik by ‘SchrammelBach‘. The talents at Music Austria have put together a vast database of Austrian music artists and provide listening examples for most of their listings.
Collaborate on a playlist
And what if you are not into live-music, don’t want to deal with potential drama of anyone falling ill or coming late or YOU being late and then the band having to leave. Well, now there is a really easy answer and one that on top of it, allows you to invite anyone you want to collaborate and add their favorites to the list – SPOTIFY.
Yes, you got this right, if you want to have a truly diverse range of songs that is sure to make your guests head for the dance floor, it’s a collaborative public playlist. A really nice explanation, including do’s and don’ts and upsides and downsides can be found here.