'A wide variety of artists and musical styles'
Popular Christchurch based duo Smooth talk, have been performing all over Christchurch and the South Island for several years. Formed by Darren Hill (guitar/Vocals), the duo has undergone a few different line-ups. Sarah Stapleton (vocals) joined Smooth Talk seven years ago.
Performing in pubs, clubs and at private functions (Weddings, Work do’s 50’s etc) means that Smooth Talk plays music from a wide variety of artists and musical styles. Weddings in particular demand versatility – in order to entertain guests with ages spanning five decades (or more). This is a challenge that Smooth Talk meets with ease. Playing sing-a-long classics to contemporary chart toppers – they offer music to suit almost everyone’s taste!
Darren has been working in the music industry for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to the duo. During this time he has played in both bands and other duos. He is responsible for all things technical pertaining to the duo, including formatting the tracks that accompany the vocals and guitar. Darren uses multiple synthesizer modules for this purpose, which he feels produces a higher quality sound than mini disks and allows more versatility, giving more of a live sound.
Add to this the vocals and guitar and you get a rich sound which Darren has full control of. This means volumes can be set low- for intimate settings, and turned up when you are ready to party!
Sarah has a great vocal range, enabling her to sing songs from ACDC through to Shania Twain! Apart from vocals, Sarah is responsible for liaising with Brides and Private Function clients to ensure that their needs are met on the night (or day) of their big event.