Introducing The Jam Plan

“Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand” Stevie Wonder

The Jam Plan

My first Jam Plan experience was at a wedding at The Tailrace Centre earlier this year. There is something about live music that grabs your attention right away. It was the beautiful rendition of Ed Sheran’s ‘Thinking our Loud’ for the first dance, the crowd joining in at the top of their lungs to ‘Geronimo’ and an awesome mash up of ‘Shake it Off’ and ‘Shake your Tailfeather’ that made these guys one of the highlights of the wedding season. I was lucky enough to catch up with Daniel Misdom, band founder and guitar player, last week for a chat about music, jazz and weddings.

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Putting the band together
The Jam Plan was born five years ago on Valentine’s Day. ‘Door of Hope called me up and asked if I would be able to put a jazz band together for a couples event they were putting on, and we had so much fun we decided to keep doing it’. Since then they have been performing at corporate events, fundraisers and weddings, gaining business mostly through word of mouth.  “Absolutely, without a doubt, weddings are our favourite gigs. It’s such a happy occasion, we love being a part of that, and building a relationship with the couple and giving them a great Wedding Day.”

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Telling a story
I’m curious about what it is about music that is so integral to the Wedding Day. Music often heralds the key moments of the big day, the bride walking down the aisle, the couple entering into the reception as husband and wife for the first time, the first dance. ‘We’ve found that everyone has a soundtrack to their lives, certain songs that take them back to place or a time. They use music to tell a story, to communicate something to guests about who they are and what their story is’.

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Breaking down barriers

‘I love how music breaks down barriers at a wedding. We had a wedding down in Hobart a while back where the bride was Japanese and her entire family had flown over from Japan for the wedding. They didn’t speak any english, but when it came time for dancing, they jumped right in and had a great time. I love how music overcomes language and cultural barriers – it’s like a language that everyone understands.’

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The appeal of live music
I asked him what makes a live band so different to an iPod, and I could see him struggle to try and describe the experience of live music. ‘It’s just takes it to another level. It’s why people pay to go to concerts.. You get something from that experience that you can’t get from the album.” Dani went on to explain that most couples hire their band as a gift to their guests. “They want to give their guests a great night with great dancing and a great atmosphere.”

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Magical Moments

One of my favourite stories from the many that Dani told me that day, was of a beautiful wedding up at Cradle Mountain. ‘The couple prepared a song to perform to their guests that was to be their ‘first dance’. They begin and we joined in, everyone was blown away. Then towards the end of the song they put their instruments down and began to dance together. It was an amazing moment.”

The Jam Plan are a Jazz, Dance and Funk band based in Launceston who specialise in Weddings, Corporate and special events. Check them out on their Facebook page or contact them at [email protected]