Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more common questions on peoples minds when they are looking to book a band for their wedding / event. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please drop us a line (Tel / text Matt on: 07832 343 772 or use the Contact Us page above) and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours…

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more common questions on peoples minds when they are looking to book a band for their wedding / event. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please drop us a line (Tel / text Matt on: 07832 343 772 or use the Contact Us page above) and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours…

You can book The RockPins by calling / texting Matt on 07832 343 772, emailing at: info@therockpins.com or by contacting us using the ‘contact us’ page above. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

We normally take approximately 75 minutes to set up, but can do it on an hour at a push. Sound check lasts about 5 minutes. Therefore, if you wanted music from 7.30pm, we’d arrive by 6pm.

We can play for as long or as short as you would like us to, subject to cost. To give you an example, a typical evening event would be 2 x 60 mins sets or 3 x 40 minute sets of live music with recorded music before / in between and after the live sets.

In a word; NO. We have an awesome sound system which is far better than most DJ’s equipment out there. We also have fantastic lighting equipment including 4 x American DJ Inno barrels / spots, KAM lasers, American DJ Dotz Floods and LED ADJ stage lighting. We use a computer based mixing programme to create music playlists to suit your tastes / event. You can even plug in your Ipod / computer to our sound system if you’d prefer. The only thing you don’t get is the DJ that loves the sound of his own voice speaking over the top of every song!!

The RockPins have performed at hundreds of live music events over the years, predominantly in Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Surrey and London. Click Venues Played to see just some of them. Whilst it does offer some advantage for us to have played at a venue previously, it does not affect what is required for a sound check, as we have to sound check each time we play. So familiarity in this respect is not beneficial.

The RockPins will travel anywhere within the United Kingdom. Obviously, the best rates will be for those venues closest to London and the south east of England, but we are happy to quote for venues further afield.

All of our electrical equipment has up-to-date PAT testing. We also have £5million Public Liability Insurance cover.

The RockPins can play as loudly or as quietly as you like! We have an awesome PA system (2 x FBT Himaxx 60A and 2 x FBT 100SA subs, 1 x Allen & Heath ZED22FX desk). We also have a great drummer in Nick, who has fantastic feeling and is capable (unlike most drummers) of playing his drums quietly if required. Your minimum volume is governed by the acoustic instruments; this being the drums! The drummer has the option to use ‘hot rods’ instead of drum sticks which are quieter.

Yes, we are happy for your speeches to be through our sound system.

We are available as either a 3 piece – ‘power trio’ (as per all the audio demos) or if you want an even fuller sound, as a 4 piece, employing an extra guitarist / vocalist. We only use top of the range audio equipment including FBT powered PA speakers and subs, and an Allen & Heath mixing desk to ensure a fantastic sound.
I’m sure if you’re looking to hire a band, you’ve probably heard a few by now; some good bands, some bad! Perhaps some where the speakers are distorting, some where the guitarist drowns everybody else out! Or some where it is just so unbearably loud and piercing you just have to leave by the nearest exit to protect your eardrums from exploding! You can be the best band in the world, but if you haven’t got the right sound, it can be pretty awful and can potentially spoil the whole show.
One thing we firmly believe in is the sound the band produces has to be right and pleasing to the ear! So we use the best equipment available to us, for both our enjoyment and yours.
Please note: Our recordings are untouched true representations. Many demos you will hear on other sites will have recorded 4 or 5 guitars, plus keyboards, vocal tuning etc to make them have a fuller, better sound, when in fact they are for example a 3 piece. It might sound good on the demo but it won’t be what you’ll get on the night!
PA SYSTEM:The band has recently invested in a new PA system. We now use 2 x FBT Himaxx 60a speakers with 2 x FBT 100sa subs. These are awesome speakers! We use these with an Allen Heath Zed22FX mixing desk. Whilst it is not always necessary to increase volume, at every gig we play, we always mic up the drums, and put the bass and guitar through the PA system to a certain extent. This doesn’t necessarily increase the volume, but it does make it warmer and richer sounding. It takes more time to set up, but its worth it!
Matt uses an Ernie Ball Musicman limited edition bass guitar with Ashdown amp / speaker cab. Nick has just bought a new Yahama Maple drum kit, and Jon has recently bought a beautiful looking Engl head and cab. Sounds awesome!

Normally 11.30pm to midnight, but we’re happy to adjust our timings to your requirements.

The RockPins offer a competitive rate and try to work within your budget. We offer a 3 piece line up (as per all the demos) and also a 4 piece line up which includes an extra lead / rhythm guitarist / backing vocalist. By coming direct to the band, you negate the need to pay any agency fees which can be as much as 20% on top of the band’s fees! Please also remember, if you find a band through an agency for a similar price to The RockPins, it is likely you won’t be getting the same quality, as the band will be going out for less money, and there tends to be a reason for this!