Higher and Higher

Rock & Pop, Soul, Disco & Funk, R&B1
Price from £575
Location: Greater London

Higher and Higher are London based 6 piece Motown, soul, funk and pop band that are guaranteed to get people dancing - whatever the occasion!

Biography

Higher and Higher came together with one mission - to make people dance. Early attempts to achieve this by throwing musical instruments at people's feet eventually gave way to using those instruments to play a fine selection of Motown, soul, funk and pop. The latter approach has proved more successful and marginally less dangerous.


Salma: Vocals

Literally from the moment she was born, Salma discovered a talent for making noises by pushing air through her larynx. What started as an irritating predilection for screaming developed over the years into talking and eventually, singing. It is unknown how many people possess this skill for breathing and making noises at the same time.

Anthony: Drums

It’s a little-known fact that Anthony is the product of a CIA experiment that went wrong, and if he doesn’t continually bang sticks on things in a rhythmic fashion he’ll explode. Conveniently, he has channelled this into a penchant for drumming. If he stops for too long and you notice everyone looking nervous, now you know why.

Remy: Bass

In autumn, Remy’s arms go brown and fall off, so during the winter months he plays bass with a set of mechanical arms controlled by the movement of his eyes. Each spring when his arms grow back he gains a new finger, and the world gains a new sound. Unfortunately the sound is too intense for human ears to withstand, so he chops off the new finger and keeps it in a shoe box with the others.

Nikki: Sax

Nikki had never played sax until she appeared on ITV’s The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna and, in a state of hypnosis, absolutely smashed the solo from Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, swiftly becoming a pre-YouTube viral sensation (a VHS of the show was passed around the neighbourhood). She still retains her hypnotically-induced talent, but if anyone says ‘Bob Holness’ three times in her presence she’ll instantly forget how to play.

Charlie: Trumpet

He might look tall, but Charlie is actually the shortest of Higher and Higher - an invisible plasma field emitted from the end of his trumpet refracts light to create the illusion of stature. He originally bought the instrument from a Peruvian shaman for vanity purposes only, but as luck would have it he turned out to be pretty damn good at playing the thing as well.

Colm: Guitar

If you google Colm’s full name, here’s the first thing that comes up: “Colm specialises in all aspects of commercial property, with particular experience in dealing, investment, management and landlord and tenant matters.” Fortunately, this is not our Colm. He is, in fact, a renowned serial killer.


A Few Words from the Band

One of the things we hear the most when we come off stage is that not only did people love the set, they also loved how much we looked like we were having a brilliant time. And we are! Not only do we get to play the music that we're passionate about, we also get to be part of a room full of people hurling themselves around a dance floor - what could be more fun?!

We're all lovers of soul music and we strive to stay true to that and create an authentic sound, which is what we think sets us apart from some other function bands.

Set List

Included in our repertoire...

Hold on I'm Coming (Sam and Dave)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Land of a Thousand Dances (Wilson Pickett)
Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
Shake your Body Down to the Ground (The Jacksons)
Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)
25 Miles (Edwin Starr)
Soul Man (Sam and Dave)
Soulful Dress (Sugar Pie Desanto)
Get Ready (The Temptations)
Knock on Wood (Eddie Floyd)
Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett)
Fire (Etta James)
Think (Aretha Franklin)
California Soul (Marlena Shaw)
Piece of my Heart (Erma Franklin)
Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)

Included in our repertoire...

Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
Son of a Preacher (Dusty Springfield)
Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson FEAT. Bruno Mars)
Express Yourself (Charles Wright)
Happy (Pharrell Williams)
Groove is in the Heart (Deee-Lite)
Dance to the Music (Sly and the Family Stone)
Sunshine of your Love (Spanky Wilson)
I Want you Back (Jackson 5)
Ain't no Sunshine (Bill Withers)
Cupid (Sam Cooke)
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin)
Who's Making Love (Johnnie Taylor)
Uptight (Stevie Wonder)
It's your Thing (The Isley Brothers)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Cheater Man (Irma Thomas)
Shotgun (Jr Walker & The All Stars)
The Night (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons)
Soul Time (Shirley Ellis)
I Can't Turn you Loose (Otis Redding)
Barefootin' (Robert Parker)
Mercy (The Third Degree)

Testimonials

Such a brilliant band. I booked Higher and Higher for my monthly live music show to play as people were arriving and to play at the end to get everyone dancing. We literally couldn't clear the chairs quick enough with the stampede of people wanting to dance as soon as they started playing! Such a brilliant band that my crowd couldn't get enough of. I can't wait to get them back again!
Review by Vin, Vin's Night In
Apr 20, 2015
They had the whole room dancing! Higher and Higher played at our wedding reception and were incredibly entertaining - they had the whole room dancing all night! On request the band even learnt a song special to both of us to finish the night. They were professional from start to finish and took the stress out of finding a wedding band that I knew our guests would enjoy. I'd recommend them to anyone.
Review by Catherine, Devon
Oct 10, 2014
The ultimate professionals. Higher and Higher were the ultimate professionals from the very moment I booked them...very easy to deal with and such lovely, approachable people. They made me feel like my little party was the event of the century! Really friendly and accommodating - I felt like I'd known them for years by the time the party came around. And they put on a great show! Great music, great energy on-stage and kept people dancing all night! They just love what they do - and it really shows. I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
Review by Nicky, Balham
Aug 29, 2014
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