So, ya wanna make a demo.......
Your band wants a new demo, preferably live because that's what the venue owners and agents want.
Get in some quality rehearsal time.
Then bring your regular line-up to a tried and true venue, with a good sounding room.
Fill said room with some wild and crazy friends.
(If you don't have any friends, rent some)
Record outstanding performance, then mix & put on disk.
Add a bunch of personnel who have never worked with you or the core group before.
Cancel any rehearsals,(last minute's fine, nobody besides you has a life anyway)
and send unfamiliar set list to the band about an hour prior to set-up.
Then bring the whole lot to a completely unknown venue,
set up and record resulting train wreck.
Try to convince venue owners who hear your <ahem> demo
that the 4pc you show up with is actually an 8, but half of the guys are 'sick'
So which option would YOU pick?
The band I'm with tonight has chosen Option B
Answer B sounds like the best choice, Meredith.
B sounds like real quality time. Good luck ... :hmm:
EDIT: We're recording some day between Xmas and New Year, and I believe we'll be going with your option A, minus the wild and crazy friends.
Oh Jesus. That sounds like It'd be hilarious to see. I enjoyed reading it anyways. Dont envy you but it seems like you have a good sense of humor about it
Def go with B. And post the youtube link to the demo, so we can all climb aboard! ;)
Five posts to get to the obvious, option C, they're FIRED!
I've played a lot of shows, and last night was another one.......
For some reason, the band decided to haul their PA in, instead of using the house rig.
(The house system was quite nice, well placed/setup)
Neither guitar player wanted to relinquish the lead spot,
and the one next to me had so much bass on his amp it was drowning out my 4x10.
(Of course, I was told to turn down: which I did)
Songs were disorganized, and sounded somewhere between sloppy and terrible.
The venue was empty by the 2nd set, as the singer was entirely too loud.
Venue owner even said something about it.
Not sure about the recording, the guy tasked with the audio didn't bring his stuff.
(I'd been asked to bring my recording rig, and refused)
Video was a cheap camera on one of my tripods.
Singer and the drummer thought everything sounded great.
Hoping that none of this will ever see the light of day.
I was talking to the owner, who asked about my bands,
(Not the shrill wank-fest I was with that night)
& took one of my cards.
The band sucked
The pay sucked
The lengthy drive home sucked
In short, I couldn't think of a single redeeming thing about that show.
Told Wife of Nojj this morning,
"please kick me in the ballz repeatedly, it would be almost as much fun as playing with that band."
Ouch ... if anything good would come out of these messy gigs (I've had a few too) it would be if everyone did some analyzing and learned from what went wrong. But somehow I doubt your band mates are too receptive ...
So, when are you quitting?
Is this the band with the singerbabe/BL that wanted to be paid for a gig she didn't play at a couple months ago?
Things are so bad that I'm thinking of becoming a guitard........:D
I'm quite glad that at least my band is run professionally.
Wife of Nojj thinks I should start ramping that one up.
The good news is, club managers never listen to bands' demo CDs anyway...
Most of 'em will check out a youtube,
or maybe even glance at a (dedicated) web site.
Demo CDs make good drink coasters.
Hi Mr. nojj,
Thank you for your indulgence,
At the very least, you'll get some comedic relief from the whole episode.
Sounds like one of those situations where you want to slink around behind your amp, or the mains, the drumkit....
Ever notice with singers that the worse they sound the better they think they actually are......?
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