Q&A WITH JAMES BURRELL | ElVIS TRIBUTE ACT | EXETER – SOUTH WEST



To assist you in booking Exeter Based Elvis Tribute Act James Burrell for your upcoming event, we recently had a Q&A session with them! JAMES BURRELL 1

Q. What are the most common events that you perform at?
A. PRIVATE PARTIES SUCH AS WEDDINGS AND BIRTHDAYS, FOLLOWED BY PUBLIC HOUSES AND CLUBS.

Q. How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
A. I’VE BEEN DOING MY ELVIS TRIBUTE FOR 16 MONTHS, BUT I WAS A PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL AND REGIONAL RADIO PRESENTER FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS. DURING THAT TIME I WON FIVE SONY RADIO ACADEMY AWARDS.

Q. What’s your most favourite gig to date and why?
A.
PLAYING FOR A MAN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY AND HE AND HIS FAMILY WERE WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

Q. Describe your act in 5 words
A. LIVELY TRIBUTE TO ELVIS PRESLEY. 

Q. Whereabouts have you played in the country/world?
A. LONDON, CORNWALL, DEVON AND WALES.  I AM DUE TO PERFORM IN SPAIN NEXT YEAR.

Q. Performing your act, what’s your biggest achievement so far?
A. BEING ONE OF THE TOP 3 ELVIS TRIBUTES AT THE FAMOUS PORTHCAWL ELVIS FESTIVAL IN WALES. 

Q. Is there audience interaction in your act?
A. ABSOLUTELY!

Q. What do you personally enjoy most about performing?
A. THE CROWD REACTION AND THE BUZZ YOU GET WHEN EVERYONE IS ENJOYING THEMSELVES.

Q. Is your act child-friendly?
A. YES.

Q. What’s the biggest crowd you’ve performed to so far?
A. 200+.

Q. What type of occasion/event have you the most experience in performing at?
A. PUBLIC EVENTS SUCH AS PUBS, BARS AND CLUBS.

Q. Do you have over-time charges if the event runs late?
A. IF I’M ASKED TO STAY ON PAST MY REQUIRED PERFORMANCE TIME, WHICH HAS HAPPENED A FEW TIMES, I WILL USUALLY DO A FEW MORE SONGS FOR FREE. IF IT’S A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME, I’LL CHARGE ONE HALF OF THE ORIGINAL FEE ON TOP.

Q. What questions would you need to know from a booker?
A. THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS REGARDING ACCESS. MY EQUIPMENT IS UNABLE TO GO UP AND DOWN LARGE FLIGHTS OF STAIRS.  I WOULD ALSO NEED SOMEWHERE CLEAN AND PRIVATE TO CHANGE.

Q. Do you have any video links on your Profile for a booker to view your act? A. YES ON MY WEBSITE WWW.ELVISPRESLEYTRIBUTEARTIST.CO.UK.

Q. Can you tailor your act to the booker’s requirements?
A. YES, I HAVE A LIST OF SONGS THAT I PERFORM ON MY WEBSITE. IF BOOKERS WOULD LIKE, THEY CAN CUSTOMISE THEIR SET USING THOSE.

Q. Do you need any special arrangements in order to perform?
A. A MINIMUM OF TWO PLUG SOCKETS BY THE PERFORMANCE AREA AND A CLEAN, PRIVATE CHANGING ROOM.

Q. Do you have online reviews on your profile that bookers can read?
A. YES ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE JAMES BURRELL ELVIS TRIBUTE.

Q. What is the average duration of your act?
A. ONE HOUR OR TWO 45 MINUTE SETS.

Q. Do you have an ideal age-range for your act?
A. ELVIS COVERS MANY AGES AND I’M ALWAYS SURPRISED BY HOW MANY YOUNGSTERS ENJOY HIS MUSIC AND MY TRIBUTE. HAVING SAID THAT, IT’S MAINLY OLDER PEOPLE OF AROUND 50+ WHO TEND TO MAKE THE BOOKINGS.

Q. Are there any cancellation fees?
A. NO BUT I CHARGE A DEPOSIT OF HALF THE FEE WHICH IS REFUNDABLE UP TO 14 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT. ANY TIME AFTER THAT IT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

Q. Do you have an interval?
A. YES IF IT’S TWO 45 MINUTE SETS. THE BREAK DURATION CAN BE AGREED BUT IS USUALLY NO LONGER THAN 20 MINUTES.

Q. Are you insured for Public Liability?
A. YES.

Q. Are there any other services you provide, such as MC’ing?
A. IF MY DJ IS AVAILABLE I CAN PROVIDE A DISCO.

Q. How long before the event do you typically arrive at the venue?
A. ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF TO TWO HOURS.

Q. Do you require a meal?
A. NO.

Q. How far in advance would you advise that the booker book you?
A. MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS TO COVER THE DEPOSIT AGREEMENT BUT I’M FLEXIBLE.

Q. Would there be any fees that the booker is not accounting for?
A. NO.

Q. What kind of outfit will you wear?
A. I USE AUTHENTIC REPLICAS OF ELVIS’ JUMPSUITS IN MY ACT.  THEY’RE MADE BY B&K ENTERPRISES IN THE USA AND THEY EMPLOY THOSE WHO WORKED ON AND DESIGNED ELVIS’ OWN STAGEWEAR.

Q. Do you use flashing lights in your act?
A. YES.

Q. Do you require help to set up your equipment/set-up?
A. NO.

Q. Would you say you have a good rapport with your audience?
A. ABSOLUTELY. IN KEEPING WITH A TYPICAL ELVIS SHOW I INTERACT WITH THE AUDIENCE. I WON’T DO ANYTHING THAT ELVIS WOULDN’T HAVE DONE ONSTAGE AS I TRY TO KEEP MY ACT AS AUTHENTIC AS POSSIBLE IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE. ALSO, MY YEARS AS A PROFESSIONAL RADIO BROADCASTER (WHICH INCLUDED MANY BROADCASTS IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE AND PUBLIC EVENTS LIKE PARTY IN THE PARK WHERE I MC’D IN FRONT OF 60,000 PEOPLE), HAS GIVEN ME THE SKILLS TO ENGAGE AN AUDIENCE.

Q. Does your pricing change during popular seasons?
A. NO.

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