Category Archives: Gigging

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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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 1)

I’m going to say something that is going to upset a lot of musicians. I totally understand why you feel the way you do when you complain about fans at shows constantly having their phones out and taking pictures or videos of the performance instead of just watching it without using mobile devices. But with…

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The Art Of Not Quitting

It’s easy to be hardcore when you’re a young musician. I remember those days well. You’re willing to play any gig at any time, drive as far and in whatever weather as needed, compromise your own comfort and income, drive a beater, live on ramen noodles and cheap beer, and to do anything else required…

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If You’re Going To Talk, Talk Like You Mean It

For some artists, stage banter is just a box they check. “Oh, I’m between songs. I need to say something…” And so they proceed to yak about whatever. Maybe it’s about what the next song means to them, or something. Who knows. You only get about 10% of it, because they do at least one…

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Love The Mistake (It’s Like “Love The Bomb” – Only… Not)

At coffee, I run into everyone. Our town only has one coffee shop, so it’s easy to find everyone there. I ran into a couple of musicians that I’ve jammed with, and I dig their tunes! Well, like me, they signed up for Distrokid – and like me, they have the eternal musician’s struggle: Record,…

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