Without music, life would be a mistake
- Friedrich Nietzsche
I am very passionate about music. Music has, and always will be a huge part of my life. I have been extremely fortunate to play and perform with some of the best musicians I know and admire. Luckily I have always had an eye for talent. So much so that club owners and event coordinators would call me for band suggestions regarding their upcoming event. That's how much they trust my opinion.
For years I was content working in the background, quietly connecting bands and entertainment venues together. It didn't take long before club owners or band members started to ask me, "Why aren't you booking bands?" What they didn't know was, I already had been.
While talking with other musicians I noticed that most were doing the booking and band management themselves. What you need to understand is, when you are booking a band you are taking on a huge responsibility, which may take up more time than you had bargained for. Some extremely talented bands were falling off the radar strictly because of a lack of time and commitment that is needed to keep them in the public eye. I also noticed a disconnect between the bands and the various entertainment venues. At times it can be very difficult to contact the right person who is in charge of hiring a band. That's where I come in.
I can assist with any event by providing my years of experience and guidance to help choose the perfect music or band for any occasion. I only deal with top-notch entertainers, so when you book one of my bands, know that you are booking the best. Plus, I take the burden away from the bands so they can focus on what they do best; sharing their passion and musical talent.
It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll
I was sixteen-years old when I joined my first band, and eighteen-years old when I started performing in clubs and bars. A lot has changed since then but the one thing that remains the same is, what it takes to continually perform in a working band.
Even before they step on to a stage, the average band has logged hours and hours of practices and rehearsals, sharpening their musical skills, all in the name of perfection. They’ve started off playing smaller bars or backyard parties, working their way up the ladder to larger clubs and bigger crowds. They’ve reached inside their own pockets to purchase the necessary equipment needed to play a show. They've amassed innumerous hours and miles on the road as they travel to their final destination. They’ve loaded, unloaded, set up and torn down their equipment countless times. Not to mention the phone calls, contracts, meetings, interviews, social media, flyers, sound checks, and notably, the physical and mental preparation needed to put on a show.
So, what does it really take to be part of a working band? It takes integrity. If a band doesn’t have integrity, then I can’t represent them. It’s the one key element that sets them apart from all the other bands. It means that when you hire my bands, you’re getting the most professional, high-quality bands available.
- Michael O'Mara