Echo Drive are a professional party/wedding band who cover Indie / Rock / Pop and Funk classics; Nu-Folk and Singer-Songwriter styles and an ever-growing selection of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). A truly versatile party band, they always perform with energy and charisma, fronted by the gritty-toned singer Calder McLaughlin. Echo Drive is completed by 3 exceptional, highly qualified music professionals.
Echo Drive deliver an expressive, tasteful and recognisable sound no matter which genre they are working with. Their ability to do so is a testament to the musical tastes and versatility of the group. Using synths and live sampling, or acoustic guitars and percussion, they have a wide range of the most popular and desired types of wedding/party music in their repertoire.
Echo Drive come with years of experience in providing entertainment solutions for weddings, private parties, corporate events all over the U.K. plus, hundreds of performances, as part of other acts, in venues, pubs and festivals. Echo Drive will not only perform to the highest standard but assist you in planning the perfect event from the time of enquiring, right up until completion. It is this combination of musicianship and professionalism that has helped them establish themselves in an extremely competitive and vibrant area of the music industry.
Echo Drive - Professional Party Band.
Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar
Lead Vocalist Calder is one of the hardest working and best known musicians in Leicestershire having racked up literally thousands of gigs. He is a popular solo artist and song-writer with a strong following for his music which has featured on BBC radio. He has played support for The Wonder Stuff, John Power (Cast) and Chris Helme (Seahorses) and has recently recorded guest vocals for world renowned House/Techno act Him_Self_Her released on Suara Records. Calder has appeared at prestigious festival Summer Sundae and has recently achieved 1st class honours BA Applied Studies Music
Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals
Lead Guitarist Greg Shute has built up an impressive Private Guitar Teaching business currently tutoring more than 40 regular students from his home studio and in local schools. He has written music for film soundtracks and his former trip-hop band Free Control played headline shows all over the country including their homecoming Summer Sundae Weekender gig on the main stage in DeMontford Hall. Free Control also appeared at NEC Music Live. He works with vocalist Sally Hossack in The Aurora electro acoustic duo and plays as a dep for other covers bands.
Bass / Keyboards / Backing Vocals
Bassist Dan Monk (BAHons Jazz Studies) also plays Saxophone and Keyboards and performs/records with a multitude of different style groups such as innovative brass party band - The King Brasstards, Sounds of Simon (Paul Simon tribute), covers bands the Funk Soul Collective and Johnny & The Goodtime Boys and solo artists Benn Hartmann and George Simpson; has worked with East Park Reggae Collective, Sir John Dankworth and appeared on an album with Sting, Bjork and Elvis Costello.
Drums / Percussion
Drummer Josh Budgen is by far the youngest member of the group, nonetheless he has already become involved with a multitude of bands and acts as a studio session player and live performer in the last few years, including original artists like Benn Hartmann, Sugabeat and George Simpson as well as function bands Dream Electric and Nanna Radleys. He also appears on Calder’s solo material.