About this Vendor
No Disco? No Black Eyed Peas? No problem.
Actively not your parents' wedding band while still being a band your parents will love, MIXTAPE is a disco-free zone with a mantra of "No to the Bee Gees, Yes to the Black Keys!" The band's infinite repertoire spans from indie darlings like Phoenix & MGMT, to classic rockers like the Rolling Stones & Queen, to ’80s gems like The Cure & Talking Heads, to ’90s and grunge favorites like Weezer & Nirvana, to soul classics like Stevie Wonder & Etta James to those special pop hits that we all can agree are awesome like Bruno Mars and, of course, Michael Jackson. Hailed by VOGUE as one of five bands in the country to take your event “from just lovely to legendary,” MIXTAPE's 6-10 piece band of conservatory-trained musicians delivers a fresh & fetching approach to rocking weddings in every way!
$$ – Affordable
Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock
After Party, Rehearsals + Parties, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding
Live Music, MC Services, Sound Equipment, Music, Rentals + Equipment
BEST WEDDING BAND ON EARTHReviewed on 10/06/2015 Elena G
If your wedding reception was in a parking lot or a field with no food or water or drinks but you had Mixtape there rockin, everyone would STILL be raving about how incredible of a time they had. Basically, if you have Mixtape at your wedding, your wedding reception is going to be the best time anyone has ever had. It's literally that simple! The ENERGY that they have - lead by Melanie's INSANE VOCALS is unmatched. Their REPERTOIRE was what initially drew us to them...we really wanted a band that would play songs that we like, but those that everyone else likes and knows also. They just completely nailed it. It was super fun for my husband and I to go through their list and pick out the songs we wanted them to play, but we left some room for them to use their best judgement. During dinner they played some of the indie songs that were more for us and our friends and during dancing, well, let's just say our dance floor was completely crowded all night long. I thought I would change my shoes into flats, but I actually was unable to leave the dance floor to do so, we danced the whole time! At one point my sisters decided we needed to do the Hora, something that we hadn't initially planned on doing - but Melanie had previously told me that she had a lot of fun playing the Hora and OMG it was the best thing ever!!!! It was a serious highlight of the night, and they were able to pull it off, off the cuff with about one minute's notice. We even did an encore at the end and that was another favorite part! At the end of the night our friends were thanking the band profusely and getting their card. Everyone could not stop talking about how good they were - and WE can't stop talking about how good they were! Prior to the wedding, Melanie was a dream to work with. She was so prompt and enthusiastic and helpful. They learned a few songs for us which was wonderful and they did an amazing job. They played our instrumental ceremony music perfectly. They all just looked awesome and were so tight! We chose the 6 piece band which was perfect, but I literally cannot even imagine what they would sound like when adding in some horns or strings - would be totally over the top! I am dying for a friend to get married and have Mixtape come so we can see them again! Best decision ever!! We love you guys!
We actually chose our wedding date based on Mixtape's availability—that's how great we knew they'd be! They played at our wedding in September and we're still getting compliments on how much everyone loved the band. They couldn't have been more wonderful to work with leading up to the date itself—they helped us pick out our playlist, and were super cheerful and easy about everything (which makes a huge difference when you're fielding multiple stressful emails per day—it was so nice to know that no matter what, the music would be great). On the day itself, they played everything from Vivaldi to Huey Lewis during the ceremony, and great Brazilian-style jazz during the cocktail hour. People were out on the dance floor even before dinner. Everyone had the best time—and trust me, our guest list ran the gamut from conservative to liberal, super-old to super-young, all our drunk college friends and everything in between. In summary: Mixtape struck the perfect balance of making everything fun, celebratory, and appropriate. I couldn't recommend them more strongly. (Also, they played at a dear friend's wedding a month later and were just as awesome.) BOOK THEM. You will be glad you did.
straight up rockReviewed on 8/11/2015 Ben G
I have seen the future of wedding bands, and their name is MIXTAPE: A Cover Band for Hipsters. I'd say a solid 50% of the guests at my wedding came up to me at some point in the night and screamed to me "best wedding band EVER!" and they were not wrong. Melanie and her entire band were incredible. From the soft, acoustic "God Only Knows" that my wife and I loved for our first dance to a moshpit inducing version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," from a groovy "Dancin' in the Streets" to an earthshaking "Born to Run," all six of them (we had the smallest band combo because our venue is pretty tiny, but I hear they go up to 10 pieces!) were on fire all night long. Here's a few songs they played that I highly doubt you'll hear at many weddings: "Party Hard" by Andrew W.K. (learned especially for us!) "California Uber Alles" by Dead Kennedys "Ruby Soho" by Rancid For a punk rocker like me, having a band that I could dig was the most important thing about the reception for me, and MIXTAPE delivered in a way I really didn't think possible. I'll always remember slow dancing to "Such Great Heights" with my wife, and all of our friends gathering in a circle to belt out "Wagon Wheel." If you're a rocker, a dancer or just anyone who loves great music and you're getting married, hire MIXTAPE. There's really no other choice.
We were so happy that Mixtape were the band for our wedding. Every single person that attended was on their feed dancing, they knew exactly what songs to get everyone moving. Melanie was really easy to work with and had everything perfect on the night. Couldn't recommend them highly enough to any music snob!
Stop reading this review and go book MIXTAPE already!!! They were the highlight of the night at our wedding at the Wythe Hotel on September 6th 2015 and people are still talking about them almost 2 months later. We wanted to avoid the traditional cheesy wedding band but also didn't want to pick one that our parents and older guests might not necessarily appreciate. We didn't get the chance to see MIXTAPE perform before we booked but any fears we had were eliminated as soon as they took to the stage and every single guest was on the dance floor - where they remained for the entire night. Melanie was an absolute pleasure to work with in the run-up to the wedding and easily accommodated our various requests along the way without hesitation. A couple of months before the big day we were presented with a list of their extensive and varied repertoire from which we highlighted our favorite songs - many of which other wedding bands would never dream of performing. They curated an incredible set, performed with incredible energy, learned Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' for our first dance and put on a classic Hora. We cannot thank Melanie and the band enough for making our wedding such an incredible and FUN night. After you've booked them - please invite us to your wedding so we can see MIXTAPE perform one more time!!!
I cannot say enough fantastic things about Mixtape - they are truly incredible. Book them, and book them immediately - you will not be disappointed, in any way! From the moment we met Melanie, we were sold on Mixtape - she is fabulous, a great businessperson and a phenomenal musician, with a true passion for what she does. And, that really embodies the band - all of the musicians in the band are incredibly talented and versatile (they played a mix of jazz standards and cover songs/party music at our wedding), and they bring a fantastic energy to the room. From the moment we did our first dance, the dance floor was packed thereafter for the entire rest of the night. Melanie and the band very graciously accommodated our special requests of "Our Love is Here to Stay" and "Shout", and they absolutely knocked it out of the park on both renditions. If I ever have another reason to throw a big party, Mixtape will be my first call.
My husband and I got married on Sept 4th, 2015 at The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City. Do not hesitate for a moment to book this band, you will not be disappointed. Right from the beginning Melanie was super accommodating and communicative, she was willing to work with what both my husband and I wanted for our wedding. MIXTAPE is like having your own private concert, you get to choose from their amazing repertoire what you would like them to play and they play it AMAZINGLY. I'm going to share two experiences with you, 1. While myself, bridesmaids and those involved in the processional were waiting, just seconds before the ceremony started, MIXTAPE began playing music as guests were finding their seats, and all of a sudden they played The Smiths "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" what they didn't know is that is one of my favorite songs which holds many memories for me, and now it holds an even deeper one. We were all dancing and lip singing to the song seconds before I said I DO. 2. "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins was the first song they played during dinner which got everyone out of their seats and to the dance floor, I mean EVERYONE was up dancing, young and old. We got so many rave reviews about the band. I would re do our wedding 20 times over choosing MIXTAPE every time.
My wife and I got married in BK just over 5 months ago and are so happy we chose The Mixtapes as our band. We were looking for a balance of new music as well as something the older generation would enjoy and they nailed it. We had over 225 people and they really got the whole room on the dance floor. We knew from hearing them play before our wedding day that they could play the newer stuff that we preferred but were so happy to hear them nail every song our parents knew as well. Also, they managed when to play the types of songs well, like keeping Teen Spirit until later. The other thing that really stood out for us was how user friendly they were. We asked if they could play a few songs they didn't know and they were able to do so for a couple on really short notice. They also handled the speeches, processional music and crowd really well. We can't express anymore how amazing they were and even 5 months after we still get comments about the band and the party.
Where to begin! We had an amazing time with Mixtape as our Wedding Band. First, the entire booking process was so easy. We emailed with Melanie a few times, then met her before putting the deposit down. They also play at a lot of local venues, but happened to be booked up during that time period. When we did finally see them at the Bell House, we knew immediately we made the right choice. We have yet to see a band match the energy that Mixtape has, and we've been to a LOT of weddings. They were completely amenable to what we wanted to do. They even learned "Domino" by Van Morrison and "All these things that I've done" by the Killers for us. Both are two of our favs, and it really made the day complete. Unlike with a lot of the wedding band companies, we actually knew who was going to show up on our wedding day. Every single person that we've spoken to after the wedding has said "the reception was fun, that band was AMAZING." We both have them penciled in for another event later in life when we can actually focus on the music!
MIXTAPE rocked our wedding!! I couldn't possibly gush more about how amazing they were. They learned some of the most difficult arrangements to cover just for us and nailed them perfectly. EVERYONE was talking about how great they were and how much fun everyone had because of the band. Mel is a superb lead vocalist and everyone in the band is extraordinarily talented. As a ten piece no other wedding band can touch them.
Best Wedding Band. Hands Down.Reviewed on 12/30/2014 Lauren B
My husband and I had two priorities for our wedding: the food and the music. After seeing Mixtape at a wedding band show in BK, we knew they had to play our wedding. Melanie and team were a pleasure to work with, from start to finish. She attended to every ask, and helped nail down every detail from start to finish for our big day. They learned a new song for our wedding dance, and did such an amazing job it floored us. So many of our guests commented on how incredible Mixtape was, and specifically how amazing Melanie's voice is. The dance floor was hopping for the entire reception. We couldn't have asked for a better band or experience working with Mixtape.
Perfect ChoiceReviewed on 10/29/2014 Jenna B
While typical wedding bands focus in on the standards and the current radio hits, Mixtape had a huge assortment of different kinds of songs it made it difficult to cut down! They did such a great job, all of the guests were raving. They even learned songs that they didn't have on their lists for us so we could have our first dance/parents dance done by them as well. Really glad we picked them!
The Best Wedding Band Ever!Reviewed on 10/14/2014 Tricia J
I got married this August and Mixtape was my favorite part of the entire wedding...besides getting married of course! :) From the start of the process, Melanie was professional, accommodating, and sweet. I had a long list of songs I wanted them to play, and she did such a good job of accommodating my list while also letting me know which songs would work and which would not. She and her band even learned our first dance song, recorded it beforehand, and sent it to us so that we could practice our first dance with their version. So amazing! She and each member of Mixtape was so talented. It felt like an intimate, personal show by our favorite band.They played our favorite songs but also made sure that people of all ages had songs they identified with. They got everyone up and dancing. They also rocked the blue-grass cocktail hour. I wish I was able to see more of it.
Best Band EverReviewed on 10/14/2014 Michelina D
I've always believed that music is the number one most important aspect of a wedding reception, and that music can truly make or break it. That said, I am thrilled that we hired Mixtape to play at our wedding (both the ceremony and the reception.) Each musician was amazingly talented and professional. The band coordinator was spot-on and super helpful. When planning my wedding my ideal hope was for my guests to be up and dancing all night, and because of Mixtape, my wedding was exactly that. Mixtape's repertoire was vast - they play all the music that you actually want to hear and dance to. The ceremony music was simple and beautiful and exactly what I had envisioned. I cannot be more thankful to have had Mixtape as part of our wedding day. I recommend them 1000 times over.
Amazing wedding bandReviewed on 10/11/2014 Juliana C
Mixtape played at our backyward wedding in CT last month, and I cannot say enough good things about them. We wanted a band that would play the music we actually listen to, as well as a bunch of fun dance songs that everyone would know and enjoy. Their repertoire is incredible, and Melanie did a great job of taking our preferences and creating a playlist that would keep the dance party going strong all night (seriously, I probably neglected a few too many guests because I was too busy on the dance floor - and so were they!). It was fun to see my relatives singing along to both "You Can Call Me Al" and "Lonely Boy." One guest couldn't get over his excitement that "Heads Will Roll" was played at a wedding. Guests old and young also enjoyed slow-dancing to songs like "Your Song" and "God Only Knows." Mixtape's energy and talent was amazing, and people commented on it all night and in the weeks since. Mixtape also played beautiful instrumental music for our ceremony and some really great jazz for our cocktail hour. They are just so talented. And Melanie was an absolute pleasure to work with through the whole planning process, and a tremendous help on the day itself. She was flexible about logistical changes (parking issues, last-minute rain) and I'm sure she did way more behind the scenes than I even realized, because everything looked totally smooth on my end. I really hope my engaged friends book Mixtape for their weddings so I can enjoy their performance again!!
The best part of our wedding!Reviewed on 8/26/2014
After our wedding, I told Melanie (the frontmistress of this incredible band) that other than the whole getting-married-to-our-best friend-in-the-presence-of-everyone-we-love bit, their band was the most noteworthy aspect of an already mind-blowing day. Numerous people told us that thanks to Mixtape, our wedding was the best one they'd ever attended, and many others immediately hit us up for their contact details so they could hire them too. Hopefully this serves as proof that our hiring of Mixtape made our wedding was one of the soundest decisions we made about the Big Day. Having the talented people behind Mixtape and their incredible, organic energy at our event was the X factor that made it unforgettable - and I know everyone in the room felt that to be true when Mixtape took the stage. Hire them now!
#TeamMixtapeReviewed on 6/26/2014
My now husband and I became smitten with Mixtape at our friends wedding 2 years ago. We got their business card before we even had a date set knowing we needed them to play our wedding as well. Best choice we could've made. We got lucky and all our choices turned out great (venue, photog, etc) but everyone knows it's the music that brings it all together. And these guys are amazing. We felt an immediate connection working with Melanie and corresponding back and forth - she made all the 'business' super easy. They also have a kick-ass repertoire and were very open to learning the couple songs we needed to have at our wedding and weren't on the list. And brought the house down with every single one. On the day of the wedding, Melanie and the guys took care of everything and Danny and I didn't need to think of a thing. It was perfect.
The perfect band!Reviewed on 6/24/2014 Kim E
I wish I could give MIXTAPE 10 stars since they were just that good. From start to finish, I cannot recommend MIXTAPE highly enough. Great service, super nice band members, easy to work with, responsive to emails, laid back...and fantastic music! MIXTAPE has an extensive and eclectic library of songs to choose from...we were sold the second we saw that they played some Pixies songs. Melanie was a huge help as we planned the evening and selected songs...we knew we were in good hands from our first interaction with her. And we couldn't have made a better choice. My husband and I danced the night away to a fantastic mix of indie, classic rock, and 80s favorites--truly one of the highlights of our wedding. All of our guests raved and raved about how good the band was and chanted "one more song, one more song" at the end of the evening. The perfect band for the perfect evening!
absolutely made the receptionReviewed on 2/03/2014 Amanda P
My mom was insistent that a live band would make a huge difference for the wedding, so I asked if she could be in charge of picking one. She was frustrated with the cheesiness of everything she found, until she stumbled upon Mixtape. I was skeptical that the band mattered that much, but grateful that she was willing to help out so much, and so we picked Mixtape. I danced more than I have since college, my husband, not a huge dancer, danced almost the entire reception, and when the night had to come to an end at long last, my college friends (in their somewhat tipsy state) tried to take up a collection, including but not limited to earrings and cash, to offer the band to play longer. The next morning at brunch, everyone mentioned how wonderful the band was. What made the band even more special were the personal touches. For example, when I'd checked the songs we'd like to hear, I mentioned one being my husband's favorite. Melanie made sure to announce that and be sure he was on the dance floor before the song started. I picked "January Wedding" as a song, thinking that because we, too, were having a winter wedding, it would be good to hear. Melanie, changed the lyrics to "February" (something I'd long thought would be cute, but had been shy to ask about), and the entire party danced to the song. I looked over to see couples of all ages in each other's arms. This was one of my favorite moments of the night. On top of it all, Melanie and the rest of the band were personable, friendly, and very professional. I cannot recommend Mixtape highly enough.
Amazing band - Amazing wedding!Reviewed on 1/13/2014 Trindy A
When I started to do my research on wedding bands one thing was clear, I didn't want a typical wedding band. I wanted something different, something we can rock to. A typical 'concert' style rock band. Nothing Beyonce, nothing Rhianna, and certainly nothing Black Eye Peas. I wanted a new fresh take on a wedding band. Once I started looking, I kept coming back to Mixtape. Nothing else seemed to compare. Once I started speaking with Melanie, everything I expected and wanted came to life. Instantly she wasn't just a vendor, she was a friend who was helping me produce the best wedding possible. Melanie understood my vision, my taste in music, my guests and together we came up with the best playlist possible. We met during her own time to come and do a walk through of the venue and understand the event timing. She helped put together my ceremony music and cocktail hour playlist. We ended up having a guitarist play as we walked down the isle and a trio band for cocktail hour. Finally the full band rocked my guests socks off during the reception. Nothing was too much trouble. They learned our first dance song and father daughter song, and both were perfect. Our guests came up to us through the night telling us how fantastic they were and they have never heard a wedding band quiet like them. Still today we get compliments. One even saying - 'Where can I go hear them play in concert?' I can't thank Melanie and the Mixtape cover band for hipsters enough for making our day truly magical. I can't wait to have another event where I can use them again.
Like a real concert!Reviewed on 1/09/2014 Mariah F
Have you ever met someone and instantaneously knew you wanted to know them forever? That's what it was like meeting Melanie from Mixtape. When we met her, we knew we had come to the right place for the best wedding band ever, and oh my goodness did she deliver! Having Mixtape: A Cover Band for Hipsters was like having a concert at my very own wedding. From the moment they started playing the dance floor was packed and didn't empty until the venue had to kick us out! They played the most epic Hora we had ever been a part of as well as tons of our favorite songs. We are still getting messages from our guests about how much they loved this band and my husband and I would have to whole-heartedly agree. Nothing beats this band. And did I mention that they are all classically trained musicians? Well, they are. Classy.
Highlight of our weddingReviewed on 12/14/2013 Alex H
Weddings are filled with countless things to worry about, crisis and hidden costs. However, Melanie immediately put at ease about our band choice. She's friendly, professional, and helpful when making song choices from their deep repertoire. On our wedding day, the band was the highlight of the night. They sounded fantastic from start to finish. The mix of motown, classic rock, newer hits and indie music had something for everyone. I think some of the older guests danced more than our younger friends did! It's been 2 months since our wedding day and people are still talking about Mixtape when they see us. When you hire Mixtape you know you're getting a high quality, professional, and easy to work with band. My only disappointment is that I don't have another big event to hire for!
Rocked it!Reviewed on 12/05/2013 Erin M
We had Mixtape play at our wedding on October 5th, 2013. We has such a hard time narrowing down the list of songs they provided because there were so many great songs to choose from. Ultimately Melanie helped us select a set list that would keep people dancing all night long. As soon as they started playing the dance floor was packed and stayed that way for the rest of the evening. We had such an fun time dancing at our wedding. Our guests are still talking about how much fun they had and how great the band was. Thank you so much for making our day awesome!
If our friends were talented musicians, this is the band they'd beReviewed on 1/06/2013 Emma g
We fell in love with Mixtape when we saw them play at a wedding band showcase in Brooklyn. The other bands were good but Mixtape stood out to us for the songs they chose to play, their obvious talent and their cool (but not cooler-than-thou) vibe. If our own friends were musicians and were to start a wedding band, they would look and sound a lot like Mixtape. Mixtape's repertoire was big enough that we were able to pick out dozens of songs that we would've been psyched to hear but they also provided much-needed editing assistance and whittled our wish-list down to a perfect playlist. They brought a terrific energy, played a legendary horah and seemed to know exactly what song we and our guests wanted to hear throughout the night. They also managed the amazing trick of being great entertainers without making themselves the center of attention. We opted for the 8-person version for the reception party, which was plenty of sound for the venue (old barn in a field). A couple of the band members played during the ceremony and four or five members played during cocktail hour. We were glad that they were able to morph throughout the event. Having planned our wedding ourselves we now know how important it is to pick vendors who care about you personally and who have enough professional experience to be able to make good choices on your behalf. Mixtape is a _great_ vendor.
Simply the BEST!Reviewed on 11/12/2012 Chelsea R
From beginning to end, Melanie and the Mixtape Band were an absolute pleasure to work with. We felt like we were working with old friends...who also happened to be incredibly professional, insanely talented, and punctual to boot! From our ceremony, cocktail hour, and especially our reception, I don't think Blue Hill has ever rocked so hard. Our guests were on their feet from the minute the music started and didn't leave the dance floor all night long. I cannot say enough about how amazing it was to have them at our wedding. If your band is a priority, you can't go wrong with Mixtape. They were a dream :)