*What made you decide to become a tribute artiste/vocalist?
As youngsters we both learned to play instruments and the tributes happened as our audiences remarked at the similarities we both had to the artistes we impersonate.
*Do you come from a musical family?
Dave does, his Mum and Dad had a double act with harmony vocals.
*What made you decide to form a tribute to this particular artiste?
By popular demand as we stated above and knowing their was a chance to reinvent ourselves.
*How long have you been performing your tribute act or act?
Since 1990 and 1995 respectively.
*What work is involved in putting the show together?
Many hours of rehearsing/downloading material/looking at all times for better tracks. Seeking good representation/contacts/keeping Instruments PA sound system and the like updated/choosing correct stage wear and appearances/wigs etc
*Which of your shows to date has been your favourite and why?
Without doubt our Theatre tour of 2013 which encompassed many provincial theatres in many UK locations especially our three Irish dates, as life over there is so laid back, but the audiences are so enthusiastic and warm.
*What is the most enjoyable thing about being as a tribute artiste/or vocalist?
Believing you are that artiste. You hit the zone and the audience feedback is so rewarding as you know you have elevated your performance to where you know it needs to be.
*What is your fondest musical memory?
Working with such wonderful musicians in Malta, and Tunisia Dave and for Mark winning “Stars In Their Eyes”
*What is your favourite song to perform?
A very hard one but I have to go with ‘Crying’ as I have to hit 2 and a half octaves vocalising all Roy Orbison Songs in the same key as the Big ‘O’! For Mark it is possibly ‘Tragedy’
*Are you a fan of the tribute act/acts you cover?
Very much so. I watch as many DVD’s taking into account not just vocals but mannerisms, stage presence and state wear.
*What do you do to prepare for a tribute performance or vocal performance?
1. Always arrive at least three to four hours before a performance
2. Sound check to perfection for that particular venue (all venues are different).
3. Prior to performance always do 10 minutes of vocal scale work.
4. Make sure I gargle prior to taking the stage and to have a bottle/glass of water on stage.
*Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I have a PP Licence but can’t afford a plane!
*What advice would you give to beginners in this industry?
Practise, believe in yourself, take good constructive advice from professionals and above all enjoy, smile and be as happy and relaxed as you can.
*Have you performed with or for any celebrities?
On many occasions.
*Do you have anything else you would like to share?
Be as friendly as possible with everyone you meet on your way up. Treat everyone in the business as you would wish to be treated yourself. You never ever stop learning in show business and don’t be arrogant or big headed and always have time for your agents/clients and your audiences.
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