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How many gigs is too many gigs

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by gareth, Dec 1, 2004.


  1. gareth

    gareth

    Jun 9, 2002
    UK
    My semi-pro band has 90 gigs and rising for 2005.

    Wot da ya fink
     
  2. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    NJ
    that's great, good for you guys.
     
  3. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    I think 365 would be approaching too many :)
     
  4. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I think 366 would be too many ;)
     
  5. Scottie Johnson

    Scottie Johnson

    Sep 8, 2004
    When they are not fun anymore.
     
  6. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    If you can make all the shows.... GREAT!

    If all the shows are worth it both emotionally and financially... GREAT!

    If the shows are advantageous to you and your band... GREAT!
     
  7. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I have unfortunately heard far too many bands for whom 1 gig was too many.
     
  8. none is too many, unless you have arthritis :bassist:

    let us talk about what basses you use
     
  9. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I average about 12 gigs a month.
     
  10. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    Why is this in BASSES?

    If the gigs are all at the same place it's worthless. Make sure you spread out.
     
  11. :eyebrow:
    Where is the smilie for 'shoots self with gun'?

    Anyway, if you can make all the shows and don't get burned out, thats awesome.
     
  12. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I heard that.... hiatus'ing for that same reason currently, myself.

    There are gigs that I could do more frequently than others.


    I personally think 168-240 (14-20x's/month) a year is a great amount for a full-time/non-weekend warrior group and 48-120 (4-10x's/month) for the weekend warriors.

    im'H'o .
     
  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Good question! Moved.
     
  14. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Play nice, Ed. :D
     
  15. secretdonkey

    secretdonkey

    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Weekend warrior here, think 4-6 per month is optimal. I think my other weekend warrior bandmates in my new band (one of whom played 200+ last year while holding a 9-5 job :eek: ) want to do more. As long as I'm getting to play regularly, with an occasional night/weekend off for a getaway with the wife or to just do something besides music, then life is good... :)
     
  16. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    8 per month (nearly every Friday and Saturday), and I'm JUST SHY of getting burnt out. When you do it for awhile, you'll know where your individual limit is.

    The key is to find bandmates with a similar tolerance level as yours.
     
  17. andysvec

    andysvec Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Guam
    I find that 2 gigs a week with the same band is my limit. I've had runs of 3-4 nights a week with the same band and we really got sick of each other/the music/ etc. My main band has been averaging 100 gigs per year for the last 5 years, and there's definitely times we are burnt out, especially when we all have day jobs and families. But when we are doing two nights a week it still feels good. I like to add another night (or two if possible) per week with different bands also, this keeps it fresh for me.
     
  18. ah, you play for Hedgehog?

    the covers band I'm in, Worm, also plays at the Fatling & Firkin in Hornchurch.

    the most gigs I did with them was 96 in 2000, since then it's been a lot less due to the singer's original band commitments.

    I think 2 gigs a week with the same band is the limit for me too.
    3 gigs in one week got too much for my fingertips (I play pretty hard), also driving to gigs got to be a drag, not to mention moving gear about.


    ps. check out how many gigs the Bet Lynch Experience (the bassist Huggy used to play for Worm) are doing- must be at least 150 a year- with a lot of travelling- http://www.thebetlynchexperience.com/
     
  19. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    How do you make a musician complain?

    Give him/her a gig.