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Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by easyj, May 11, 2018.
It works if done right.
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.
Soooooo... this doesn’t.
If you don't think Angus Young's approach works...
Well, maybe we have clashing definitions of "entertainment."
Lol, you never said it works!
I prefer music, if I want to be entertained, I’ll go watch Cats.
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.
It is all about the image!
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!
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.
Where does a kilt fit in? asking for a friend
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!
I never "dance" Good equipment, sound good, Play well, stand in the background. Let the lead singer handle it.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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