Hi i'm Tolu, male frontman, questionable two-stepper and fully qualified soul train conductor!
How do you prepare for a gig? Do you get excited? Nervous
I usually rally the troops with a few rounds of 'Heads Up!' on the iPad. It's essentially a glammed up charades/what's that tune party game! It's cool to get everyone loose and shake of any frowns and stresses of the day, so we can give permission to the audience to do the same when we perform
What's your favourite song that Jukebox performs and why?
Get Lucky! It's different every time, the lads have thrown in Bossa, Funk and Metal in there in various gigs to an unsuspecting audience who by that time have been released to go tribal on the dance floor! It's also generally the track that the now infamous Jukebox Soul Train departs from, a monster of a vessel to drive and a hecka lot of fun
What song would you like to see Jukebox perform?
Careless Whisper for the sax action! Or anything by Rage Against the Machine to witness the dance floor confusion, or maybe Canned Heat by Jamiroquai to see how many 'Napoleon Dynamite' dancers emerge from the crowd and on the stage (Also, filthy low end groove for all of these songs.)
If you could work with one musician dead or alive, who would it be? And you can only !choose one?
MJ every time! I was raised on a Jackson only musical diet, his repertoire and genre scope is huge, from Motown, to Quincy and beyond to the Neo-Soul flavours in his late career, he shaped a huge fundamental part of my approach to performance and musicianship!
What do you do outside of Jukebox?
I'm lucky enough to earn the bulk of my crust as a musician; I front and perform with a few bands as a session vocalist and keyboardist alongside a few familiar Jukebox faces! It'd take a while to list every project here, but easiest to keep up to date @tolu.ajayi.music
What's your favourite part of a Wedding?
“ONE MORE SONG! ONE MORE SONG!" and then we give them three or four!
In your opinion what's the best thing about Jukebox and how do we differ from your normal function bands?
Jukebox is an on stage party, I love that everyone isn't afraid to let loose, too many other bands lose focus on having a good time, that and i've never ever been allowed to beatbox on a megaphone at a wedding before, it's a great experience!
What are you looking forward to most with Jukebox for the rest of 2014 and beyond?
Taking on new songs, throwing more horrendous shapes on stage, bringing new challenges to each party we play! But mostly Aden's future afro. (It's early days, but I'm predicting it'll be mighty as a Jackson classic.)