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Band Advice – Playing a Gig

Biffy Clyro at the SECC, 2009Here’s the next installment of the Band Advice section; playing a gig. On the day of the gig it’s best to arrive early – the organiser will probably ask you to do this anyway. This is to load-in, which means to bring in all your gear and set up the backline. If you arrive at the time asked, it’s more likely that you will get a chance to soundcheck too.

Before you head to the venue, make sure you have all the equipment you need. For example, if you’re a guitarist, you’ll need a lead, a spare lead if that one breaks, a tuner, plectrums, and ofcourse, your guitar. It’s a good idea to bring spare strings as well – be prepared for any eventuality!

Most venues will have enough backline, but if you’re a drummer, bring your cymbals, snare, and a bass pedal if needed. These are the breakables; other drummers playing wouldn’t be too happy about you using their cymbals or snare because, as you’ve probably guessed, they’re easily damaged.

Be nice to the sound engineer. If you’re acting like an idiot, or are under the impression that you’re an awesome rockstar who can shout orders at them and everyone else, be warned. The sound guy is completely in charge of the levels and how you sound on stage, so if you give them rubbish, they can make you sound rubbish.

A good thing about playing live is the contacts your able to make, whether it be with other bands, or with the promoters. For example, at one of the gig’s my band played, we made friends with a fantastic guy from a band called The Puzzlers, and he is now mixing some of our songs.

Before you go on stage, tune your guitar, and then tune it again. During one of the gigs I’ve played, I didn’t tune up correctly, and it sounded pretty bad. If you have to tune whilst on stage, try to use a plug-in tuner, and whatever you do, don’t tune with your amp on. It’s really unprofessional if the audience can hear you trying to tune up to a high E.

So, next is the actual performance. If you make a mistake, just carry on. Chances are no one has noticed, and mistakes happen. You will have a few bad gigs, it’s inevitable, but the majority of the gigs you play will go well, and the best thing is that you learn from the mistakes you do make. Personally, I’ve made a countless amount of mistakes, but I kept going. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself on stage, and have a great time!

Coming Soon to a Venue Near You

Short entry about some gigs that are coming up in the next few weeks or so, incase you’re stuck for something to do at the weekend.

Sonic Reducers live

Sonic Reducers live

First up, on Saturday 9th February, we have Danny.P at The Box. This is Danny and his band’s first full line-up gig in Glasgow, and it’s free, which means more money to spend on alcoholic substances if you are that way inclined. The gig starts at 8pm, and is for all people who are 18 and over. He’s a fantastic artist so it’s well worth checking him out.

Not sure if this counts as self-promotion, but the next gig I’m going to add in here is the one that involves my own band. Okay, so that is horrendous self-promotion, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Perpetual Motion will be playing at the O2 ABC on Saturday 16th February, along with support from The Puzzlers, David Murdoch, and End Transmission (my band!). All the other bands are awesome, so if you’re up for some decent music and watching me try to pretend I know how to play guitar, then come along!
Tickets are £8, but £10 on the door, so it would be best to get them beforehand. You can purchase tickets here:
http://www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk/event/49691/perpetual-motion-tickets

Finally, if you like punk rock, you’ll love Sonic Reducers. The band are playing at the Classic Grand on the 22nd February, and are fantastic live, so if you’re free I’d recommend that you get yourself along to it! Tickets are £6, and it’s sure to be a brilliant night.

That’s just about everything you should stick in your calendars so far. Look out for more blog posts very soon.