GO18 (2 Man Band) - Duo | Brno, Czech Republic
Based In: Brno, Czech Republic
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A band of 2 men sounding like a "full" rock band by using guitar/bass hybrids, playing drums by feet, using organ sounds on guitar and singing. Everything 100 % live with no programing, sequencers, loopers etc. Available as a duo or a quartet with 2 female vocalists singing both solo and background vocals, doing additionally some "ladies" stuff (Shocking Blue, Joan Jett, The Corrs etc.). Ideal for bars, pubs, company events, celebration parties etc.
SET LIST EXTRACT
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama
The Doobie Brothers: Long Train Running
Traveling Wilburys: Handle With Care
Jimi Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Peter Gabriel: Solsbury Hill
The Eagles: Take It Easy
The Rolling Stones: Honky Tonk Women
Bob and Mike first met at the end of 80s in a band which played mainly music influenced by their idols – hard rock and blues rock giants of 60s and 70s. Then their journeys parted due to their careers and families for many years. They both achieved top executive positions in their fields of expertise and they both worked all across Europe and played with various bands. When they met again in 2012 they realized they lived close to each other and agreed to play together occasionally. They rehearsed few acoustic covers and played them for their friends in pubs and on private parties. The gigs r
... eceived much attention and for that reason they decided to give a proper name to their duo. Bob plays 12-string guitar and Mike 6-string guitar so they named their band GO18 with the claim: „6 plus 12 Guitar Tandem“. Their playlist began to grow and so did the idea how to make the sound more complex and colorful.
One possibility was to hire a bass player and a drummer, the second was to combine live music with pre-programmed tracks. Bob and Mike rejected both options. They decided to combine their musical skills with tech skills and remain 100 percent live two-member band. Bob started to divide his parts into guitar and bass ones with the help of intelligent octaver and than started to use a special 10-string hybrid guitar/bass made by master builder Petr Prochazka.
Bigger problem was some kind of beat. How to change a low-key sound of guitar duo to a crazy rock-n-roll party when people ask for it? That was quite a challenge. GO18 solved it by dividing the drum kit between them. Acoustical drums were not possible due to spatial and technical reasons. That´s why the musicians decided to play the drums by feet with the help of triggers. At the beginning this set up required much effort and focus but after a while it became natural and GO18 achieved its first victory – to sound as a compact band and play live without playback, sequencer or looper and still remain only two members. They could also change their claim to „2-Man Band.“
There was a growing interest from the audience and it did not take long for projects with more famous colleagues to come their way. Today GO18 composes its own songs in English and Czech version. Besides that the band has a wide playlist of world and Czech rock classics. Thanks to low-cost casting, minimal spatial demands and high quality sound they became an extremely flexible unit which is able to function in a small club or a bar as well as on an open-air scene or a big stages. Even today the duo still keeps in mind the original intention - to play for enjoyment, enjoy the production of live music with all its dynamics, unexpectedness and space for improvisation. That´s one thing that in our technological times full of pre-fabricated music will always amuse the audience. Because it reflects emotions, feelings and mood. And that is what music is about...
- Corporate events (christmas events, company celebrations, team building weekends etc.) for banks, car dealerships, IT and Telecom companies etc.
- Municipality events - outdoor stages, exhibition previews etc.
- Public bars, pubs, breweries, wine-makers
- Private celebrations and parties
Wedding Reception Entertainment Birthday Party Entertainment Private Parties Corporate Events Cocktail Receptions Product Launches Trade Shows Christmas Party Events After Dinner Entertainment.
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