Alex Hall, songwriter, musician & music producer

I think people are collectively much more in an upbeat mood on a Friday evening compared to Monday so it’s important I don’t ‘offend’ them with a 250BPM aggressive bebop track on a Monday evening, for example!

Branford Marsalis, saxophonist

Listen to as many records as possible, develop a massive sound vocabulary, and learn to interact with the musicians you are onstage with.

Ian Shaw, singer

inspire, upset, amuse, collaborate, define, create, comfort, be playful, disciplined – and leave an audience feeling something – anything, they may not have felt before

Ricardo Bacelar, pianist

Success is being able to touch what you like and have a faithful audience. In fact, success is not what you do, but what you did.