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how can I "perform"

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Vacume, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Vacume


    Jan 11, 2006
    I play in a metal and my hair is fairly long and for my "performance" I would usually just head bang and move around a bit, which i manage to do with out messing up. but summers comein and im cuttin my hair to survive the hot weather, how can i rock out in metal band with short hair?
  2. Remember Jason NEWSTEAD!! His was short during the end of his days with Metallica or is that Metal licker
  3. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Jason Newstead had the BEST short hair in Metallica. He rocked just as well with short hair as he did with long.

    A thing to help maybe is not so much to rely on your head/hair as to put your whole body into it.
  4. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    It's all about the facial expression if you follow the Newtead model. Just put your whole body into it and you'll get your point across. Who knows? It might set you apart a bit from the legions of long-haired guys out there whove been headbanging along for 30+ years now.
  5. Long Hair is out. It's been out for a long time. Be different, by you start and something new.
  6. Demon


    Mar 17, 2006
    Sweden, Stockholm
    Bah, long hair looks better, nuf said=) But it all depends on the persons looks:p Headbanging ftw^^
  7. ebe9


    Feb 26, 2006
    South Africa
    Just enjoy yourself, I think it counts for more if you show energy and passion than worrying about not looking "good/cool" without long hair.
  8. Dude, I play metal and I slick my head and have a long-ass gootee. I think I rock hard and am one sexy MF.
    :bassist: :bassist: :bassist: :D :D :D :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  9. simpy1


    Mar 31, 2005
    New Zealand
    I so thought this thread was about something else when I read the title.

    'How can I "perform"' eh? Viagra maybe?
  10. Lol get urself a mad wig:p. Or just play awesomely... To tell u the truth no1 watches us bassists anyway
  11. txbasschik


    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    Like someone else said...Really put yourself into it, and you'll rock with short hair as well as long hair. Just let go, do what you feel.

    A popular local metal band's bass player is the only one in the band who doesn't have long hair, or wear leather. He's got short, dark hair, is in good shape, and plays like a madman. He's one of the best bassists in the city, IMO. Last time I saw him, he wore brown pants tucked into high Docs, and a Napalm Death t-shirt. He was *awesome*, he totally rocked, and he was dead sexy.

    Don't you worry about that hair, sug.

    Cherie :bassist:
  12. Since I got "old" I had to figure out how to have stage presence, but not jump around like a 22 year old. For years, my stage presence was more akin to Jimmy Page's "stagger" than anything. It's funny (and embarassing) watching footage to see how much I subconsiously emulated Jimmy Page. These days I'll be more content finding a stance (not a "buffalo stance") usually with my right leg back and making do from there.

    Basing your stage presence on a physical attribute, IMO isn't the best thing. Any hair farmer can pull off the hair whip- but having short hair and being intense... You have to be intense.
  13. The hair is only part of your overall image. You don't need long hair to rock out, but if that is the look you want, stick with it, but don't think that your hair defines your image.

    Like Golden Boy, I have to deal with my maturity (in time only) and how I look/act on stage. I chose to go with my age, not to hide it. I wear a three piece business suit on stage and rock out like a madman. The look works and it really sets us apart from other bands.
  14. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    What I don't get is this: If one cuts their hair in the summer, and lets it grow in the winter, then it can never really get very long. Plus, if it's long-enough, then you can tie it back, and it shouldn't be much of a problem in hot weather.

    True long metal hair takes years to cultivate, not just two or three seasons!

    I dunno... did he just move to this hot climate, or did he suddenly develop this sensitivity to heat, or is his long hair not really Metal-crown-of-glory LONG?

  15. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    :D LOL "hair farmer", love that!
  16. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Me and my guitarist love watching other bands perform. If they have really good moves, we give the move a name and consider adding them to our reportoirs.

    The classics are "Rocket Guitar" (where you hold the guitar/bass vertically and have a foot on the monitor, and it looks like its about to take off) are "Bass Whack" (self explanatory).

    You can also go the facial expression or posture route. Every guitarist knows how to pull out tortured soloing expressions. Another trick is having the bass wobbling around where your knees are, or standing like that dude from The Cure.
  17. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    I was just thinknig that...

    My hair's been growing since 08/23/04, and whenever it gets California Hot, I just tie it back.
  18. I would bet you that most of the dudes telling you that long hair isn't important to your metal image have short hair. It's never "out" so don't listen to that.

    Long hair is, was and always will be a good look for metal. It's not "out" and it won't ever be - so long as it's clean and well kept and you can tie it back when you need to.

    But it's true. You can't cut it short and grow it "long" in the same year. Just doesn't happen. It takes a solid two years to get it long enough to be long *and* healthy enough to look good and be able to tie it back out of your face in the heat. Either commit to it, or cut it and start telling other people that they don't need long hair to rock. ;)
  19. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Good-one, B-note.

    Yes: There's an awkward stage that hair goes through when it's not-yet long enough to tie-back.

    C'mon, Vac! How long's your hair now?

  20. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    You know, I'm going to have that Neneh Cherry song stuck in my head now. And the worst part is, I don't even remember how it goes...but it's stuck in my head nonetheless.

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