Question & Answer with Andre SaxMan Brown

We love having live musicians and bands at the Palace, and discovering Andre SaxMan Brown was a Summer highlight in 2016! Andre played at Katie & Michael’s Wedding  in June 2016 where he kicked off the evening celebrations in style with his renditions of Drake – One Dance & Justin Bieber – Sorry. Andre then collaborated with the DJ which kept the guests on the dancefloor all night long!

Read on for a question and answer with the SaxMan himself..

1) How long have you been playing the Saxophone and has it always been your ‘destiny’?

Twenty-two years! And yes it was my destiny, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else! I started off playing recorder when I was 3 or 4 years old, it went everywhere with me. I heard this beautiful jazz music on “Dinner Jazz with Helen Mayhew” on Jazz FM and fell in love with the soulful, lyrical sound of the saxophone. At 10 years old, after years of begging my parents, I finally got my first saxophone for Christmas. I practiced for hours every day and never looked back. I still get excited every time I pick up my sax!

2) We love the variety of your work, however, what makes performing at a wedding different for you?

A wedding is such a joyous occasion. It’s a really good reason to go all out, celebrate and party hard! Other occasions might call for a more niche performance, but playing at a wedding means you can cover music from various genres and eras giving everyone a chance to get involved with songs that they recognise and love. I’m a romantic at heart, and seeing the joy on the faces of a newlywed couple never gets old! It’s a privilege to be part of a couple’s big day and I think that the love & excitement that I feel comes across in my playing. The fact that its such a major life event really adds to the energy in my performance.

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3) There is a huge array of musical styles in the Saxophone’s repertoire, what style of music is your favourite to perform?

Give me anything with a great melody and a sweet groove and I’m happy! I’m not really restricted to any particular genre with the sax. I play pop, soul, jazz, house, hip hop and RnB. The sax is like a voice so it can adapt to any situation. I love playing over great motown songs like Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, funky tracks like Play That Funky Music & I Feel Good, right through to banging House tunes like My Feelings For You & Jubel (Save Me). I just love having a great time jamming in the middle of the dance floor.

4) When you worked with us recently at Fulham Palace you were also joined by Electric LED Violinist Sally Potterton & DJ Mark Winter. Do you often collaborate with other musicians?

Yes I do! Sally & Mark are part of Entourage, which is my team of talented, experienced musicians and DJs that I work with regularly. As well as Violin & DJ, Entourage includes percussion, guitar, trumpet & singers. The line up can be anything from Sax & DJ all the way up to a 10 piece. This year we’ve played at weddings in Lake Como, Thailand & Singapore as well as most of the top 5 Star London Hotels.

5) What did you enjoy most about performing at the Palace?

The Courtyard! It’s just so stunning. You walk through the entrance and you’re immediately transported to another world. I love playing outdoors, there’s something so special about music in the open. You get that festival vibe.

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6) What’s the most exciting event you have worked on?

Oh that’s a hard one! Playing at Holi Fest Milan to about 10,000 people was just awesome. Everyone was going crazy, dancing & throwing paint around, that was seriously fun! (photo below)


7) We would love to see you back at the Palace as soon as possible, do you have any advice for Brides & Grooms when choosing their wedding entertainment?

Have fun! Don’t be afraid to go for something a bit different. Go for entertainment you love rather than what you think you should have. Don’t book blind. If possible, go see the artist perform live. That way you’ll know what to expect and can get excited looking forward to seeing them on your big day…

….And of course, a saxophone always adds an extra bit of magic to any celebration! 

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Thank you to Andre and we will look forward to welcoming him back to the palace soon!

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