Tips for Hiring a One Man Band

Lindsay Megale


Hiring a One Man Band is a great way to add live music entertainment to a special event, especially if you have a limited amount of space. These talented individuals know how to put on a great show on their own. We talked to our top performers in this category for their advice for clients looking to hire a One Man Band.

Roger Weber (Louisville, KY) told us that clients should, "Be prepared for an awesome performance of live music. You will be surprised how much sound will come from one person. Thanks to modern technology, a one man band will sound like a full band - at a fraction of the cost." Let's see what some of our other One Man Band members had to say...

Do Your Research
When booking any entertainment, it is important to find out as much as you can about a performer. One man band Dalton Gossett (Shreveport, LA) advises you to be sure that the artist covers the type of music you would like performed at your event. You can ask the performer directly or take a look at their song list. To get an idea of whether an entertainer will be a good fit for your event, we always recommend viewing their videos or better yet, ask to attend an upcoming gig! "I think a client should speak with the entertainers after they have narrowed them down to a few they are interested in booking. You can get a great sense of the individual's communication skills and professionalism - if they are positive, that usually translates into a great performer," suggests Maree McRae (Denver, CO). Ralph Mitchell (Staten Island, NY) stresses the importance of reading GigMasters' client reviews. "Having been with GigMasters for several years now, I can honestly say that the reviews you read about these musicians and their performances are true and genuine responses from real clients who have used their services. The fact that they are taking the time to review the entertainer means that they have something important, whether good or bad, to tell you about whom they've hired."

Communicate Your Ideas
The great advantage of hiring a One Man Band is you get a live music performance that does not need a ton of space.  Before booking, make sure to ask about how much space the performer needs and let them know the details of where they would be playing. It is also important to talk to the performer about any song requests you may have beforehand. Many One Man Bands mentioned that they are willing to learn new songs if given enough notice. Sonny Ferguson (Orlando, FL) recommends share with the client as much information as possible about the guests (i.e. age group, music preferences) and the desired atmosphere. This will allow the musician to prepare a song list that suits the event and expectations.

Discuss Details Prior to Event
Once you have hired a One Man Band, make sure to touch base with your performer before your event. Inform the entertainer of any requests for attire, a schedule of events, along with where and when to set up equipment. Our performers also recommended signing a contract in advance.

Questions are Key
GigMasters' One Man Bands recommend asking these types of questions before hiring a prospective performer:

  • What styles of music do you perform (i.e. covers, originals, or both)? "I have a few originals I'll throw into the mix, but I like the crowd to know the songs I am singing. It's all about having fun." - The Singing Fireman (Richmond, IN)
  • Do you bring your own equipment?
  • What specialties or services can you offer? Sonny Ferguson (Orlando, FL) will sing using a harmonizer to sound like a variety of artists.
  • Do you take requests?
  • Can you sing?
  • What instruments do you use? "Saxophones (soprano or tenor) along with the clarinet. The clarinet is great for playing background music, swing, or World Music." - Leo Chelyapov (Los Angeles, CA)
  • How flexible are you with requests?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Why do you perform? "There is no greater feeling on earth to me than moving people with music."Rick Richards (Desoto, TX)
  • What are your electrical requirements?

- If you need help finding a One Man Band, contact our Account Specialists by calling 866-342-9794 or emailing Are you a One Man Band looking to book more gigs? Sign up with GigMasters today.