We’ve had clients make various requests over the years ‘We really want a female sax player’, ‘The men have to have long hair’, ‘The band have to be ‘good looking”.
Is it right to hire musicians according to how they look?
Being appropriately dressed and looking smart is hugely important, especially if it’s a black tie event or party for example.
Never hire someone because they have the right ‘look’. Hire people based on both their musical ability and personal character.
If your event is themed, for example a ‘girls only’ night, then having an entirely female band is totally appropriate.
The music comes first. The purpose is not to have a handsome/beautiful musician, but to have Great Music! Support Musicians!
For some bands a stylish ethos is an important part of their brand, so hiring someone who is willing to be a part of that is really important.
We just don’t want to pass on the superficial culture that seems to abound. Bands that have a mix of people tend to have various creative influences that makes for a better sound!