Xander & The Peace Pirates – Best Live Unsigned Band
We very proudly sponsored Play Music Magazines unsigned awards 2012 and decided to sponsor the category for Best Live Band. The winning band were the excellent Xander & The Peace Pirates. Before winning this award they managed to get themselves a gig warming up for Bon Jovi! You can see an excerpt from this performance here.
As part of their prize we offered the band the opportunity to come to our offices to try out some equipment and go home with £1500 worth of Shure products. After a couple of hours with our technical team they decided on taking away 3 pairs of our excellent dual driver SE425 earphones, a Beta 52A kick drum microphone and a KSM137 which we are pleased to say have been put to good (and regular!) use.
After several gigs using their new Shure gear here is what they had to say:
Jake (Drummer) - ”The Beta 52 is a brilliant bass drum mic! I have used it for both studio and live work, it is not only reliable but gives the kick drum so much clarity when amplified. I’ve also been using the KSM137 - This mic is an efficient piece of kit which is versatile for both recording acoustic instruments and using as a drum kit overhead. The mic is very easily transported and we have already started using it for demo recordings and live work”.
Chris (Keyboardist) - “Great clarity – fantastic flat response and protective isolation that is both great for on-stage and studio monitoring. Every musician should save their eardrums and invest in Shure SE425′s”
KSM137 mic – “This mic is an efficient piece of equipment which is versatile for both recording acoustic instruments and using as a drum kit overhead. The mic is very easily transported and we have already started using it for demo recordings and live work”.
From the band – “It was amazing to win the Play Music unsigned band competition as Shure is one of the greatest amplification and microphone companies around, and to receive free equipment allow us to enhance our sound both in the recording studio and during live gigs. We are also aiming to switch to in-ear monitoring soon so we used this opportunity to get some excellent dual driver earphones”.
We’d like to congratulate the band on their deserved win, and wish them all the best!
To see the full list of winners of this years Play Music Unsigned Awards click here
If you are interested in entering Play Music’s annual competition we advise you keep an eye on their website for more information