Category Archives: Gigging

Don’t Be A Slave For Your Music Business

A while back, I went out to see a hard-working Schwilly Family Band at a venue near my house. They dazzled the crowd with grace and charisma in a way I hadn’t seen before. They get booked a lot, playing about 300 shows a year. They had one of the most diverse and interesting merch…

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The Number The Knob’s Pointing Toward Doesn’t Matter

“Hey, Man. It’s a touch loud in the house. Can I trade you some amp volume for monitor gain?” “But my amp’s only on, like, two!” Have you been part of a conversation like this? I have. It rarely ends well, because somebody is always frustrated or disappointed at the end. Oftentimes, there are at…

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Communicating With The Sound Engineer (Another Letter)

Dear Musicians, Over the years that I’ve worked with you, many things have become apparent. One of those concepts is that, quite often, you need me to make some sort of change in the middle of a show. Often, that change is necessary to make your life on stage more comfortable, such that you can…

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Unmasking

I seem to be on a bit of a theme lately. The last time around, I talked about how most bands don’t need more or better gear to solve their problems. Mostly, they need to work as a team. That idea closely ties in with equipment used to reproduce the sound of the band and…

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Actually, Your Equipment Is Probably Fine

I don’t think I’ve ever been a fan of any “Battle of the Bands” setup, but I’ve been a judge for a couple of them. People asked, and it was something to do. After one such outing, a band that didn’t win was curious as to what had prevented them from reaching the top of…

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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 2)

If you haven’t read the first part of this two-part article, please do so by clicking HERE. Now it is time to get into what happened the night of the show…both the great and the not-so-great. I was driving to the venue in Ohio and had just pulled off an exit when it began snowing…HARD.…

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The 2X/ 4X Guideline

Inevitably, as you try to make money playing live, you will run into the question of what might be a reasonable amount of money for your act to bring in per night. (This question is also tied to what rooms you can expect to work in.) Now, of course, there are no hard and fast…

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My Presentation at the Utah Music Festival Workshop

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