If you’ve come across The London Essentials, you’re unlikely to forget the encounter any time soon.
You might recall five debonair gentlemen arriving at your table and breaking into song, surprising you and your friends with their joyful energy, effortless musicianship and typically British charm. Well, you can count on seeing them again, because they’ll be at any party worth attending for some years to come.
Just ask George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, John Legend or Dr Phil. These are just some of the stars that The Essentials have impressed over their whirlwind career.
A new approach
Inspired by a stint in Nice (Europe’s street music capital), actor and drummer Ben Matthews returned to the UK to form the group in 2010, setting out to transcend the way that music is traditionally performed at events.
Spontaneous and different
“I was inspired to try something different,” says Ben. Namely, to do away with the formality of the stage and bring the music to the people, affording the spontaneity, dialogue and humour that makes The London Essentials experience what it is.
The band’s repertoire reaches from the swing of the 1950s to the sass of modern-day pop, by way of a wealth of classics in between. With this range, they quickly found success on the road, making dance floors out of city streets, dining terraces and beaches, and gaining fans all the way.
“We’re only just getting started!”
The band have grown from accomplished London lads into international jetsetters, with word of mouth spreading to increasingly distant and exotic parts of the world. From Sydney to Moscow, LA to Singapore, music has taken The London Essentials on a global adventure.
Along the way they’ve thrilled partygoers on the decks of superyachts, given an Emmy-nominated live TV performance, and serenaded the likes of Charlize Theron, Pharrell Williams, Sharon Stone and His Royal Highness Prince Charles.