Golden Bell takes a set break for Earth, Wind & Fire!

Earth, Wind & Fire transitioning into Golden Bell’s Persian/American themed set!

Whether circus performers, aerialists, or another band, it’s not particularly unusual to have other performers featured at one of our events, so when we were informed that a band had been hired to play a 70-minute set around one of our private events, we didn’t think too much of it. We had no idea what we were in for…

About two weeks prior to this particular event, which happened to be a 50th birthday celebration at a hotel in San Francisco, we started coordinating with the other vendors to ensure that we were prepared for an amazing and executed event. That’s when we started getting hints that some exciting events were about to unfold.

The sound production team based out of Los Angeles shared a stage plot of a massive stage and lighting rig that was getting trucked in to the hotel, and gave us the specs for a festival-sized generator that was being ordered for the night, to power a sound system that the hotel’s electrical circuits couldn’t manage on its own.

When discussing backline, and whether the band would want to use our drum set, or any of our gear, we were quickly informed that Earth, Wind & Fire would be back-lining all their own gear. “Which band?” I asked, assuming I had misheard the person I was speaking with on the other end of the phone. “Earth, Wind, & Fire.”

If you’ve met the Golden Bell team, or heard us perform, you probably know that we’re huge fans of the “Mighty Elements” and so getting the opportunity to open and close out the night around an intimate Earth, Wind & Fire show was truly a dream come true. Better still, we got to take a break in the middle of our set to unwind and hear one of our all-time favorite bands from arm’s reach away.

What an amazing night!

Why choose between a DJ and a band when you can have both?

“Should we hire a band or a DJ?”

It’s a question that gets asked a lot, and one many of our clients are in the process of trying to answer when they find us.

On one end of the spectrum, a DJ offers a maximum amount of versatility and flexibility at an event. With tens of thousands of songs at their fingertips, and a talent for knowing what music will work best in the moment, a DJ can dynamically mix in and out of genres and bring a party from subtle background music to an epic dance party. Better still, a DJ requires no set breaks, and can keep music flowing from an event’s start to finish.

On the other end of the spectrum, a live band has the unmatched capability inject a high level of energy to a space, and captivate crowds. Rarely at a wedding or event would you find most of your guests watching a DJ with smiles on their faces and awe in their eyes , but this is just what the power of a live band can offer. A band is, however, limited by its repertoire and is required to take occasional breaks throughout the event.

The good news is, you don’t have to decide between a band and a DJ. Our signature offering is a DJ / live band hybrid, where you get all the energy of a live band, with all the flexibility and freedom of a DJ. Curious what a DJ set with a horn section and drums sounds like? Take a look at some of our videos, get in touch if you’d like to learn more!

Stevie Nicks Gets Hyphie!

Here's a mix taken from another one of our recent weddings. The couple had an amazing musical taste that ranged from Stevie Nicks to Keak Da Sneak. Mixing such a wide spectrum of tunes, while making sure to include the classic, timeless music to make the evening special presented a fun challenge, but we're thrilled with the result. 

Get in touch if you'd like to book us for your next event! 

Recap from our launch event

Thanks to those of you who came and celebrated our launch party last week! We're enthusiastic about bringing our unique blend of DJing and live instruments to even more events in 2018, and we're thrilled to now include more amazing musicians in our collective.

We had a blast last week showcasing DJ sets featuring  live horns and drums, cocktail jazz, as well as a set by the Golden Bell Brass Band.

A special thanks to our event partners for making it all possible:


- Will and Chris