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My new secret weapon...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by gustobassman, Aug 12, 2019.


  1. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    I guess since I'm posting this, it's not going to be a "secret" weapon anymore (;)), but I thought I'd share something I did at a gig last week. Whether or not it made a huge difference remains to be seen but we are gonna keep doing it for the time being.

    My reggae band is real mellow - Lovers Rock. Think Gregory Isaacs. We just got a 5x8 banner with a hi-res beach scene, and our overall vibe is that beach thing. This place we played at has a popular reggae night that fills up. We had to do the whole night so we wanted to "control the vibe" as much as possible.

    The weapon? A couple of plug-in Airwick Air Fresheners. We went for "Paradise Retreat". Just two, we didn't want it thick, lol. Once the fans kicked in when the place got packed there was just enough in the air to cover the normal reggae-night stank of dirty hippie. Did it work? The dancefloor was absolutely jammed the whole night. Been a while since I've seen that place so positive and "in the mood" all night long. We pointed out what we did to the security at the end of the night and he called us "geniuses". :roflmao:

    I'm not patting myself on the back completely. That's hard to reach around and do. Obviously we need more data to determine if this works. That said, depending on what style of music you play and what you are trying to achieve - this could be another way to draw people in to your performance other than just with what they see and hear.

    Time will tell. :bassist:

    EDIT: I should add - keep the lids for the oils if you don't want everything you own covered with it at the end of the night. Found out the hard way. Open air freshener + backpack full of stuff is not a fun thing.
     
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  2. BassCliff

    BassCliff

    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi @gustobassman,

    This actually is a great idea! I don't think it would work in all cases though. I play in a country band. I don't think the venue owners want their place smelling like a rodeo. :p


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
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  3. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    I saw a Cinnamon flavor. That screams Fireball whiskey to me. Might work for country!
     
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  4. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    What is the best Air Freshener for metal?

    Just kidding - great idea though, I might put one in my case, could work especially well at a certain venue that sometimes has unpleasant odor comng randomly (sewer problems I guess).
     
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  5. RichardW

    RichardW

    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Reggae band? [insert cannabis odor joke here]
     
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  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I worked with a singer who’s kit always contained a pint of Fireball and some off the wall Norwegian Fisherman’s cough drops that looked like large freeze dried rabbit pellets. He’d use one of the drops prior to the show then nip the Fireball throughout the night. Not sure what actual purpose it served as he was a very powerful singer and we were doing classic country so it’s not like he was having to push his voice.
     
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  7. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    I'm thinking of using this for our Jethro Tull/Prog rock project...

    k53j53lk35j_5.

    ... to prog, or not? For the thinking man's scent camo.
     
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  8. ak56

    ak56 Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Carnation, Wa
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  9. Winslow

    Winslow

    Sep 25, 2011
    Omg, "Shakespearmint." :roflmao:

    I'll take a case of them. :D
     
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  10. "This actually is a great idea! I don't think it would work in all cases though. I play in a country band. I don't think the venue owners want their place smelling like a rodeo. :p"

    For a country band I would go with a leather scent.....
     
  11. Hmmm, Now that I think about it, Leather would work for a hard rock band also.....
     
  12. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Oh no you didn't.
     
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  13. Winslow

    Winslow

    Sep 25, 2011
    I, uh... didn't. It's in the picture you posted. :roflmao:

    (I'll still take a case of them.) :D
     
  14. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Oh yes they did...
     
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  15. Winslow

    Winslow

    Sep 25, 2011
    Exactly! :thumbsup:
     
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  16. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    "bacon scent" is what we use. works better than expected, but not as good as hoped. :D
     
  17. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Oh man! This is a crazy thread! I love it and love the idea! Need to incorporate a maple scent. Maple goes well with EVERYTHING and every style of music.
    Very cool idea!
     
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  18. 2112

    2112

    Apr 30, 2005
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  20. nnnnnn

    nnnnnn

    Oct 27, 2018
    Australia
    Awesome. I'm going to be disappointed if that's not 5 x 8 metres.
     

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