We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigitte Mena and Trevor Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brigitte, how does tech affect you and your business? How does it help? How can it hold you or others in your industry back?
Technology has been super important during this Covid-19 pandemic. During the past two months, we have been performing a series of online concerts, which are donation based. These online concerts have served as our platform for performing and have given us the opportunity to share music with others from the safety of viewers’ homes. There are of course drawbacks with these concerts though as there are with any online media. We are definitely limited with the amount of interaction we are able to have with the audience and vice versa. Connecting with the audience is such a meaningful part of performing, but we are grateful that the internet has allowed us to perform in such a unique and new way! It’s given us a chance to perform for friends and family who live in different states and haven’t been able to attend our in-person concerts before.
Additionally, it’s made us think about the overarching impact of technology on our industry – the shift towards virtual events! I definitely think it’s safe to say that virtual weddings, parties, and concerts are going to become the norm for awhile and eventually become just as popular as in-person events once those are able to occur.
What should our readers know about your business?
TBA Music is a Dallas-based Pop, Soul, and Motown band that performs as a duo, trio, and 5 piece band for weddings, corporate events, private events, festivals, and more! They provide these smaller arrangements that perform with the same energy and fullness of a much larger band, with a refreshing and comprehensive repertoire. You’ll find them playing hits from the 60s and 70s, including the styles of The Jackson 5, Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and other motown favorites along with some soulful tunes from today! TBA Music has played throughout some of the most well-known venues and events in DFW – including the Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum, State Fair of Texas, and Magnolia’s Silobration, establishing themselves as a rising and highly sought after choice.
We started this band as a little folk duo back in 2017, playing in local coffee shops and a place called Treehouse, which is basically a fancy Home Depot. Funny enough, it became one of our regular gigs! Over that year, we started playing in local breweries and wineries and all over Texas. We really had no intention of this band turning into our full time careers, but in the summer of 2018, we decided to take a leap of faith and go full time! Our focus now has been performing for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and festivals! Our repertoire saw a change as well – We’ve really honed into the soul and motown genres, departing from our folk roots, and have expanded into a trio and five piece band! We’ve had the privilege of performing for some amazing events and venues and are so thankful for all of the incredible people we’ve met along the way! It’s been a pretty crazy ride if we don’t say so ourselves!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Cadillac Pizza in the McKinney Square – they have some of the best pizza we’ve ever eaten and amazing hospitality! You definitely have to check out TUPPS Brewery as well, which is just around the block from the square. They’re always updating their beer selection, but our standing favorite is still the “Juice Pack!” And of course, some of our neighborhood favorites, The Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Most recently, we would like to make a “shout out” to the local venues, friends, and family who continue to support us through this pandemic. This has for sure been the most difficult moment of our careers, but we are so grateful for everyone who has tuned in to our virtual concerts and made donations. It’s been amazing to see how the local community has come together to support each other!
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