1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Dressing well and dancing

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by easyj, May 11, 2018.

  1. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    It works if done right.
  2. Merrell14


    Mar 19, 2018
    Not sure if any of this was already said, because I really don't feel like reading through rhe entire thing, but I thought this might bring some light on the subject.
    FJBass82 and mrcbass like this.
  3. Pops OB

    Pops OB

    Nov 4, 2016
    Soooooo... this doesn’t.
    gebass6 and Korladis like this.
  4. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    If you don't think Angus Young's approach works...
    Well, maybe we have clashing definitions of "entertainment."
    FJBass82, Jhengsman and Pops OB like this.
  5. Pops OB

    Pops OB

    Nov 4, 2016
    Lol, you never said it works! ;)

    I prefer music, if I want to be entertained, I’ll go watch Cats.
  6. Kevin Colt

    Kevin Colt

    Feb 9, 2015
    Bokeelia, Fl.
    no. I've played jazz also. I just like seeing people dancing when I'm playing, makes me feel like I'm making someone forget their troubles for a minute.
    FJBass82 and Pacman like this.
  7. Speedhitter

    Speedhitter Supporting Member

    May 11, 2017
    Torrington, CT.
    David-Ballantyne. It is all about the image! ;)
  8. Bizorballs


    May 13, 2018
    Bend, Oregon
    Rockin’ it!
    FJBass82 likes this.
  9. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    talent aside, as important as that is...
    Always dress above your audience.. LOOK like the rock star! Dress the part! Seriously, if you're gigging in shorts, t-shirt and sandals you look like a schlub. Yes, its a business, but the first word is SHOW!
  10. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    I play in a trop rock band. Shorts and Hawaiian shirts. I also play in an instro surf band. Jeans and black t-shirt with an appropriate logo. I'd look weird in pants doing trop rock. Refuse to wear shorts for the surf band. That's about the only restriction.
    FJBass82 and Speedhitter like this.
  11. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Where does a kilt fit in? asking for a friend

    Pendulous likes this.
  12. Nothing says "Dad Band" like a bunch of middle-aged guys wearing shorts and t-shirts, playing classic rock, etc. I understand Staredge's situation, wearing what he does for his bands, and that's OK. The band that I'm in (4 out of the 5 of us are in our 50's) plays covers of classic rock, alternative rock, and a few country tunes, and we have a gig at a subdivision pool party this coming Saturday, where temperatures will be in the 90's with high humidity (and hopefully no rain!), and I'm still going to wear jeans (and a t-shirt and black Converse "Chuck Taylor" high tops). I don't know what my band mates will be wearing but I plan on "looking the part". EricMordus, amen to what you said!
    Jimmy4string and Stan Haldane like this.
  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Cali Intergalactic Mind Space - always on the edge
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    I never "dance" Good equipment, sound good, Play well, stand in the background. Let the lead singer handle it.
    FJBass82 and Stan Haldane like this.
  14. Christcr

    Christcr Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    I have never been faced with the situation, but if wearing shorts for a show were required... no thanks, I would not play the show. I NEVER wear shorts anywhere except for jogging. Only my own opinion, but shorts onstage is the ultimate in tackiness (yes, even when Angus wore them). I'd sooner wear a Victorian woman's dress and hat onstage... even that would look "cooler," IMO, than shorts. And I would feel just about as silly, but not quite.
    THUNDERGODX, juancaminos and FJBass82 like this.
  15. Everywhere !
    Dave at Facebook /Piper's Folly
  16. As far as shirts are concerned, if you want to "look the part", I stumbled across a brand called Rock Roll-n-Soul on Amazon (They also have their own website). There are several styles and colors to choose from, and most cost $69.00 each. There are a few that run a little more. There are black shirts, paisley shirts, western shirts, floral shirts, as well as others. There's also a line of Jimi Hendrix shirts, and they run $79.00 each. These are more '60's retro but they look pretty cool.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2018
  17. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    It is funny how music ... an "art" form for the ears ... is all about the visual and with dress code ... wasn't it supposed to be rock'n'roll shag rules ?

    In this case I'll vote that all musicians regardless of the genre they play in or even where they play, they always dress in smoking. This way the focal point will be the music instead of the visual. Your uniqueness isn't the point, the music is.

    So shag all those 80's air metal band all that crap.
  18. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    At first I thought that was @dukeorock in that pic, but his arms aren't colorful enough.

    I can't play withot moving. But no one wanna see me dance
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2018
    FJBass82 likes this.
  19. well I can't dance unless I've consumed a large amount of alcohol.... but then if I do my bass playing suffers!

    I do like to move around on stage a bit and let the audience know I am enjoying myself
    FJBass82 likes this.


    Mar 29, 2006
    I dont dance, but I definitely like to feel like im looking the part when I play. I have spent major bucks on boots and clothes that I have only worn a few times. I have a pair of Demonia Boxer 206's that Ive only worn twice for Halloween. They cost over 200.00
    FJBass82 likes this.

Share This Page