The Lights Inc – Turning ideas into reality
It was inevitable The Lights Inc head honcho Spencer Kennedy would lead a life immersed in music, having been surrounded by it from a very young age. Artistic talent spans the entire Kennedy family; his mother is an opera singer, his father is the drummer of Imagination, a soul, funk and dance group with 17 number one hits around the world. Being predisposed to this musical environment as a young child, no doubt played a substantial part in the development of his own musical career.
As fate would have it, Spencer decided to pursue life as an artist and he went on to form a hugely successful band, The Earth Lights Boogie Band, in the UK. He became entrenched in the London events scene; performing at prestigious venues and being booked for numerous high-level events across the world. With his work, charisma and talent taking Spencer all over the world, he eventually chose Ibiza as a practical base and now divides his time between the beautiful Mediterranean island and London.
After 15 successful years of The Earth Lights Boogie Band, the business was expanding and Spencer started creating other bands to cope with the demand. At this point he was looking for guidance to help take his business concept to the next level.
It was during this time he met Sophie Goodenough, a highly creative event manager who shared Spencer’s passion for entertainment and events. “I met Spencer at an event that he was performing at, and I could barely concentrate on our conversation – I was so struck by his crazy afro mohawk that was glowing electric green and pink!” she recalls. “Then he hit the stage and the whole room came alive. He was in the crowd dancing and entertaining like I had never seen before. Before I knew it there was a crazy dance-off in the middle of the dance floor and no one wanted the party to end. I had never seen a function band like it.”
Sophie was struck by Spencer’s raw talent and inspired by his passion for entertaining. Together they decided to launch a new company, and The Lights Inc was born. “It was clear that a man with so many amazing ideas needed someone to help turn these into a reality,” she says. ”My events management experience and creative background was the perfect fit.”
Their new eye catching branding is reflective of Spencer’s unique style. “Most function bands feel… functional,” Sophie admits. “When you book one of The Lights Inc bands, you are booking something above and beyond the concept of a wedding or events band. Spencer’s style is a huge part of our brand, and each band has been carefully created both musically and in terms of their identity. We want every band to not only sound superb but look amazing – you won’t be able to take your eyes off the stage!”
As Spencer lives in both Ibiza and London, he created an Ibiza based band for any weddings or private parties on the Island. “Ibiza is famous for its DJ scene, and I was surprised by the lack of live music and bands,” Spencer says. “You can’t beat the interaction of a live band when you are celebrating a wedding or private party, so I set up The Ibiza Lights and the response has been amazing. We’ve performed at some of the most beautiful venues for some wonderful clients. Whilst some clients choose to fly in the flagship band, The Earth Lights, others book The Ibiza Lights. It all depends on what suits the client best.”
The Lights Inc offers in-house bands, all curated by Spencer, along with DJs and entertainment offerings for events that is personal, passionate and very precise in execution for events anywhere in the world. They bring perfectly selected music and entertainment to weddings, birthdays, award ceremonies, and any other kind of event. Choose from eight talented bands that offer a distinct style of music from funk, soul, jazz, classic rock, rock n’ roll, Jewish music and even electronic. With musicians based in Ibiza and London, plus highly talented contacts around the world, The Lights Inc. can perform at any destination of your choice.
When you work with The Lights Inc, you sit down with Spencer and Sophie (or enjoy an evening out getting to know each other!) for a meeting of minds to work out exactly what you want to create for your event. They’ll put a proposal together offering the right band to suite your style and additional features to bring to the event to life. Professional audio, lighting, stages, dancefloors plus interactive performers, expert visuals, contagious energy are all part of the package.