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3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd

Posted By: EddiePlaysBass

3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/01/19 03:14 AM

Hi peeps,

My band was recently invited to play in someone's living room, as part of a town festival called 30 30 30 (30 bands, 30 locations, 30 April). For me this was a first, and we decided to go full on electric instead of stripping anything down. Part of me regretted not having practiced my electric upright for so long, as it would have been an excellent excuse to take her out again.

I arrived 5 minutes after the agreed-upon time, kicking myself for being late. Turns out I was first smile The guy who opened his house for us had a small but very cosy place, which lent itself very well to a concert-setting! I noticed a piano and some guitars so told him to join us for a jam at the end. He laughed and declined - missed opportunity! He did record everything with a view to mixing it later.

We set up, then hung around and talked with our host for a while. When we wanted to start sound checking, some guests started arriving. At one point I told the singer that his guitar was way too loud. He replied: "I can't turn down, my amp is set to 2" which I countered with: "Your guitar has a volume knob." This got a very approving nod from the drummer, and a confused look from the singer, who proceeded to investigate which knob on his guitar did what smile

We kicked off with a Blasters tune (Long White Cadillac - also known in a Dwight Yoakum version, apparently) and when we finished, three elder ladies up and went, saying: "It's lovely music, but too loud for us." Rock'n'roll!

All in all we played fairly well - no real train wrecks to speak of. I play fretless in this band, and my intonation was sometimes slightly off. I also play with a pick a LOT, and for some reason I missed the string a few times. Heeding the advice that "play it once, it's wrong; play it twice, it's jazz" I would often repeat the "mistake" again - as if playing it intentionally smile [edit]After the show one guy asked about the fretless, and said he didn't really notice that I played fretless. At first I took (mild) offence, but it dawned on me that this is quite the compliment indeed![/edit]

We have a bit of a jam band mentality and in some songs we'll extend solo's and add or deduct bits and pieces as we see fit. This also means we'll sometimes throw out known lines in favour of spur-of-the-moment inspiration. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it could be better. But all in all we got good feedback from the 16-ish people who stuck around to the end. My misses has been to all our gigs so far, and said this was the best of the 3 (+ 1), so we are getting better!
Posted By: Flemtone

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/01/19 08:42 AM

Excellent! You can't go wrong with The Blasters. If/when you get a mix-down, share it with The Gang - we'd love to hear it.
Posted By: EddiePlaysBass

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/01/19 11:32 AM

So would I! There's also some video shot ... It will be ugly smile

One thing I forgot to mention is that aside from missed picked notes, I also started one or two songs with the volume turned down ... Oy, and this with 20 years of experience under my belt!
Posted By: EddiePlaysBass

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/05/19 05:21 PM

Well, the video was utterly unusable, as are the few pics I have seen so far. Still waiting on the audio, but with all the clams I played I wonder how much of that will be worth a listen smile
Posted By: Flemtone

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/06/19 07:57 AM

They're not clams - they're 'improvisational explorations'.

That's what I've told myself for the past 50 years or so...
Posted By: EddiePlaysBass

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/17/19 09:42 AM

I made a sampler of the gig - not all songs this time. Would like some feedback on this, also from the POV of using it for promotional purposes:

https://soundcloud.com/drdiddley/dr-diddley-genk-teaser

Be fair, be constructive thu
Posted By: jcadmus

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/17/19 01:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Flemtone
They're not clams - they're 'improvisational explorations'.


I don't make mistakes. I make choices. Sometimes they're terrible, terrible choices. But nevertheless.
Posted By: Flemtone

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/20/19 07:29 AM

Originally Posted By: EddiePlaysBass
I made a sampler of the gig - not all songs this time. Would like some feedback on this, also from the POV of using it for promotional purposes:

https://soundcloud.com/drdiddley/dr-diddley-genk-teaser

Be fair, be constructive thu


Well, that was a lot of fun! Only thing you might consider is editing down Track 4 at the end - your guitarist drifts off-key for the last few notes but then comes back during the fade. You may want to fade the tune out a bar or two earlier to avoid those unfortunate notes.

Aside from that, I liked it! Good tone, clean recordings, great fretless sweep in Stray Cat Strut ( grin ). I think that'd be a great booking tool. Throw in a Frampton Audience Cheer at the end of SCS and you'll be at Wembley by July.
Posted By: lug

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/20/19 03:53 PM

Originally Posted By: EddiePlaysBass
I made a sampler of the gig - not all songs this time. Would like some feedback on this, also from the POV of using it for promotional purposes:

https://soundcloud.com/drdiddley/dr-diddley-genk-teaser

Be fair, be constructive thu


Sounds great, bassist needs to turn his volume knob a bit clockwise. grin
Posted By: Flemtone

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/21/19 09:33 AM

Always listen to Lug.*





(*when he speaks. At all other times, run far away. Save yourself.)
Posted By: Danzilla

Re: 3rd gig - smaller venue, bigger crowd - 05/23/19 02:47 PM

Flemtone's initial response is right on. Otherwise, it's a pretty good mix and an enjoyable listen. Here's hoping it gets you more gigs!
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