Summer is finally here and with warmer weather, comes the beauty of outdoor weddings. There’s nothing like a summer soirée to celebrate love - think canapés, a beautifully painted sunset, champagne flowing, guests mingling and of course, live entertainment to kick off a night of fun wedding celebrations. With so many talented South African musicians, you may be spoilt for choice, ultimately making your wedding planning a little trickier. Do you go for a full piece band or a quartet maybe? Should they play jazz or contemporary hits or perhaps your wedding needs an elegant touch of classical music? Your options are endless! Well, what if we told you that you could have it all?
Having graced elegant weddings in the Winelands, turned up the heat at critically-acclaimed festivals around the world and even brought their cool demeanour to the swankiest locations, including a residency at the exclusive One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, Acoustic Element is a dynamic duo that has attracted audiences all over the globe - including some of the most prominent local and international public figures of our time. Creating magic with all but a violin and a guitar, Acoustic Element has certainly brought a unique dynamism that has left an impactful mark on the music industry and we have the low down why you should choose this remarkable duo to perform at your wedding:
Middle: Helene Viljoen Photography | Right: Kovacevic|Bosch Photography
They may be a duo but cousins, Callen Petersen and Jody Abel, are a force to be reckoned with when they combine their musical talents on stage as Acoustic Element. Callen plays the violin whilst Jody plays the guitar and beatboxes, producing an extraordinary sound that both local and international audiences can’t get enough of. They bring the stage alive with their style, talent, and unconventional sound that will have you grooving and even singing along, as you recognise top pop charts with a twist. Their sound has taken them to various cities in 10 different countries across the globe for elegant weddings, festivals and beach bars, private celebrations, corporate gigs, stadiums and even private performances for the likes of Bill Gates, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Siya Kolisi. They’ve been unstoppable since their inception, staying true to their sound and unique craft and are just what you need to add an unforgettable touch to your dream wedding day!
Middle: A Gorman Event Photography
When Acoustic Element graces the stage, the first thing you notice are their stylish shades and on-trend wardrobe, instantly causing you to want to know them better. Their cool demeanour certainly doesn’t hinder them from bringing all the vibes, energy, and good times to your special occasion with their unique sound. Praised for making each and every performance an experience due to their incredible perception of audiences, Acoustic Element is sure to add a memorable touch to your wedding that will have your guests entertained and in the mood to celebrate your union. Their incredible stage presence has afforded them opportunities to perform alongside South Africa’s top musicians including Lira, Jimmy Nevis, Emo Adams, Freshly Ground, Beatenberg and Cassper Nyovest. To top it off, during their residency at the exclusive One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, their performances caught the ears of the hotel’s many VIP guests including Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, DJ Snake, Nicky Romero and Martin Garrix - even more reason as to why you need Acoustic Element at your wedding!
Acoustic Element’s journey is the inspiration and motivation we all need to take that first step towards our aspirations. Having both graduated from the University of Cape Town with academic backgrounds stemming from marketing to fashion, Callen and Jody found themselves in the corporate world for several years before leaving it all behind in 2015 for their true passions - music. Acoustic Element would not be the force it is today without their driving passion and determination as well as the exceptionally hard work taken to develop the Acoustic Element sound and success of today. From playing multiple gigs in one night to gracing the global stage where they performed to a stadium of 37 000 people in Dusseldorf, choosing music over the corporate world was truly the best decision Acoustic Element could have made and just testament to the world-class entertainment that could be gracing your wedding day.
Right: Nic Manshon | Middle: A Gorman Event Photography | Left: Nic Manshon
Acoustic Element’s extensive CV on both a local and international scale is proof again that the unique sound of this talented duo can adapt to any setting, occasion, time and audience, including that of your wedding. Their diverse repertoire includes various genres of music that can suit your style and taste. From top pop charts to rock to jazz and smooth ballads, adding the right musical touch to your dream wedding will be a piece of cake! Whether you want a gentle, acoustic sound or something more modern and contemporary, Acoustic Element is able to provide pre-mixed backing tracks and a DJ if you would like guests to let their hair down. It’s just incredible how talented and versatile this duo is!
We all want our wedding day to last forever and what better way than to create a wedding where memories for a lifetime are guaranteed. With Acoustic Element, your wedding day will be forever etched in the hearts of you and your significant other as well as all your honoured guests. This is all thanks to their unique music style, extensive repertoire and performance calibre, carefully honed over time. With Acoustic Element, it’s not only about their extraordinary sound but the carefully-crafted experience they bring to the table when performing. Their ability to adapt to any occasion, theme, and style whilst still staying true to their unique sound, is a winning formula for your wedding day. SA Weddings had the privilege to work with Acoustic Element at this year’s 2020 Bride of the Year Competition as well as our Fringed and Fabulous Styled Shoot last year and we’re still humming along to their exhilarating performances. They brought just the right amount of energy, good vibes and a whole lot of fun that had us on our feet, especially with their modern chart toppers that created one memorable occasion for everyone!
Left to Right: Bronwyn Tod Photography and Savannah Greef Photography
It’s amazing what can happen with driven passion, raw talent, and a leap of faith...and Acoustic Element is definitely testament to that. This dynamic duo brings an extraordinary sound everywhere they go. Boasting performances on both local and international stages, weddings, private functions and corporate gigs, it is no wonder Acoustic Element’s talent and sound is sought-after all over the world and by some of today’s most prominent public figures. Their undeniable passion and work ethic has crafted them into top South African entertainers that are able to adapt and provide an immersive experience for their audiences. With their extensive repertoire and musical calibre, Acoustic Element is just the added touch you need on your wedding that will have both you and your guests in awe and in the mood to celebrate your union in a truly unique style!