Our Hello Vendor profiles give you the chance to meet the people behind the brand and today we are pumped to catch up with Natalie from Tillee Music, a woman who spends her days making sweet, sweet music for your day of good times, and when she’s not doing that, she’s busy co-ordinating a bunch of other talented duo’s, ready and willing to sing you down the aisle.
Tell us a bit about yourself? Well I live in Cronulla, one of the best parts of the world! I’ve been singing since I was a kid & started vocal training when I turned 11. I studied & trained in jazz, musical theatre & classical which also included exams, eisteddfods and some courses at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
How did you fall into the life of a wedding singer? Starting out as a wedding singer wasn’t the original plan but I had quite a few friends and family getting married who has asked me to sing on their big day. I really enjoyed helping them plan what they wanted and making it happen for them. From there I decided to put my name out there in a few places and amongst some unreal wedding suppliers I’d met along the way and more opportunities began to come up. I guess it’s continued to evolve from there.
Talk us through a typical day in the Tillee Music office? Always gotta start with my Latte! My weeks begin with preparing for the following weekends weddings which include speaking to couples celebrants & venue co-ordinators, site inspections & run sheets confirming when we’re playing across a wedding. We’ll have rehearsals to learn new couples songs requested. Of course there’s always the emails to reply to whether new inquiries or just touching base with an already booked couple. Every day is varied which keeps it kinda fun.
Talk to us about the talented souls that make up Tillee Music… Talented souls, oh I love that title. So Bob is my guitarist and we’ve been working together for over 12 months now. He’s a super talented guy who can play pretty much any instrument and on top of that he has a killer voice. I’ve more recently brought on a few other ‘talented souls’ due to Bob & I having quite a large number of bookings. I now have one other Sydney Duo Kylie & Mark and two Melbourne Duo’s. The things I love about everyone I have work with Tillee Music is they’re super friendly, super talented and passionate about what they do.
Do you just play in Sydney? Sydney has been our only stomping ground until this year as I’ve now established the business in Melbourne also. The start of this year I attended Melbourne’s One Fine Day Wedding Fair at Abbotsford Convent and met some beautiful couples planning their wedding. I now have a Melbourne guitarist, Mitch who I fly down to sing at weddings with as well as a second Melbourne duo Tash & Matt who are unbelievably talented and so sweet!
What are your top three ceremony songs for walking down the aisle? Gosh. Only three… We recently played ‘Cant help falling in love with you’ (originally an Elvis but the cover we play is closer to Ingrid Michaelson) at Bendooley Estate – I cried! Bloom – The Paper Kites. Angels – The XX.
Strangest song request you have ever had? We do get a few different requests. Artists like Metallica, Nickelback and the likes have occasionaly crossed our paths. I think the fun part of what we do is we can put our flip on a song rather than play it identically to the original. I couldn’t sing a Metallica song like James Hetfield if I tried. Ha!
Favourite venues to play at and why? There are so many locations I get to and I’m still breathless, I guess I’m just a romantic. I love all of these places because they are to die for in looks and they’re attention to detail across all aspects of a wedding is impeccable. Definitely my favourites to work with. Sydney stand outs would be Bendooley Estate (also known as the Berkoulow Barn), Mali Brae Farm, Meribee House, The Boathouse & Moby Dicks. Melbourne stand outs: Montsalvat, L1 Studios (for Ceremonies), Pope Joan in Brunswick.
Advice to couples struggling to pick songs for their ceremony? I’m a bit sentimental so I always encourage couples to firstly visit their favourite tunes across their relationship. Outside of that I’ve found quite a few couples of late have more recent faves that they’ve both heard and just know they will fit right into their ceremony. Other couples let me know from the get go they aren’t musical in any way and have no idea what they’re after in which case I’ll send through some artists and songs for them to listen to. Even if these point them in the right direction of something they would love to have I’ll definitely be there to help out.
Tell us in one sentence why live music trumps an iPod? In all honesty they don’t even compare. What live music can create at a wedding ceremony & reception pre-recorded music can’t.
If you’d like to see Tillee Music in action she’ll be performing live at The Sunset Series in Canberra on 27 March. An incredible night out with your bridesmaids or hubby-to-be you can grab tickets here. Can’t make it to Canberra. Fret not, you can hear the sweet sweet sounds of Tillee Music by simply clicking play on the videos below