Danny McCrum is a multi talented musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a highly respected guitarist, singer and songwriter, with extensive experience on stage and in the studio. Over the years he has worked beside many music greats including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel, Jimmy Barnes, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Katie Melua and more. In 2007 Danny released Awake & Restless followed by Say What You Mean (2009). For his third album Letters To The Future (2012) he’s reinvented himself and created an inspired body of work with various levels of innovation in the writing, the recording process and the business structure. His live band includes some of New Zealand’s top musicians and continually wows audiences wherever they go.
The Buskers are one of New Zealand’s top covers bands. They perform regularly for corporate functions and weddings all over the country.
The Buskers sound is a mix of rock, funk, soul and pop and their set covers a wide range of music, including songs by Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, The Beatles, Ben Harper, The Kinks, Michael Jackson, The Police, Bruno Mars, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Dire Straits, The Killers, Supergroove, Duffy, The Dandy Warhols, Bob Marley and many more.
Playing the songs as if they are their own, the band delivers an energetic, unique and lively show full of groove and spontaneity. The Buskers will be sure to give a memorable performance at your wedding, party, function or corporate event.
Read references, review the set list and listen to a sample of The Buskers live here
Straight Face are an instrumental jazz / funk band who perform both originals and reworked covers in their unique and modern style. Songs by Radiohead, Cat Stevens, The Police, Toto, Michael Jackson, Pharrell, Beyonce and many more, are transformed into funky instrumental numbers that delight audiences and leave them wanting more. Straight Face also collaborate with singers and rappers, making their show versatile and flexible. They can tailor their performance to suit most events.
Straight Face can deliver a high-energy show that will get an audience on their feet, or a quieter, background performance, perfect for cocktail parties and afternoon sets.
Read more about them here
These tracks are designed to give you the experience of playing with a quality live band behind you. The songs are constructed with different sections, feel changes and varying dynamics, just like most modern music. There are no lead instruments or vocals, giving you lots of room to play. You can not only practice your parts, but you can develop your use of dynamics and space. In contrast to other practice albums, Brain Stem Volume 1 includes a variety of genres, which is more consistent with the real life role of a professional musician.
The tracks were recorded by a top engineer and written and performed by three highly regarded musicians. The album comes with a booklet that includes practice tips for each song. Sometimes it's hard to know how to improve, so these tips will help you try new scale and mode ideas to expand your playing. As an additional feature, you can download chord charts for the whole album here