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Preparing for gigs

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by HarrisIsGod, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. HarrisIsGod


    Sep 1, 2005
    How do you guys prepare for gigs? I have one tomorrow and it got me thinking.

    Morning before: Watch live DVDs, listen to loud music.
    3 hours before: Run through equipment checks, etc, and play through set.
    2 hours before: Meet up with band, have a few beers.
    1 hours before: Stress ball to flex fingers a bit.
  2. Show up
    Set up
    Plug in
    Break down
    Get paid
    Go home

  3. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Warm up and wash your hands with warm (hot) water and soap.
  4. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Get Dressed
    Meet with band
    Smoke some pot
    Practice if there is time
    Load up
    Start Drinking (2-3 drinks)
    Stretch arms, hands, fingers
    Chat with sound guy
    Setup on stage
    Stretch one last time
    Warmup with the volume down
    Hopefully tune with guitarist
    Play set
  5. jimbob


    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    Drive to Drummer's house
    Carpool to Venue
    Set Up PA & Lights
    Screw with it, screw with it, screw with it, screw with it
    Play an Improv/Blues number to get it "Dialed In"
    Mess with PA mess with PA, Mess with PA
    Mess with Lights, Mess with Lights, Mess with Lights
    Comb Hair (Maybe)
    Tear it down & Put it away
    Get Money
    Do a Dummy Check of the stage
    Pick up the stuff we left behind or forgot
    Carpool back to Drummers house
    Drive Home

  6. +1, spot on.
  7. 4x4Given


    Jul 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    +2 :bassist:
  8. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.

    I just did 3 nites in a row. No time for messing about.

  9. ebladeboi123


    Jul 11, 2005
    Oberlin, Oh
    Pack my stuff into the car
    Drive over to the guitarists house, help pack up the mixer and his stuff
    Drive to venue
    Set up
    If theres a sound guy, talk to him
    Play some warm ups from Dave La Rues video
    Play the 1st minute or 2 of sweet jane to get dialed in
    Chill in the crowd
    Break it down
    Get paid
    Go home
  10. WEZZ


    Nov 16, 2003
    feeling nervous
    have a wank
    feeling not so nervous
    get drunk
    make out with the sound guys girl
  11. FriscoBassAce


    Dec 29, 2004
    Frisco, Texas
    Independent Manufacturers Representative
    Go to the studio and load everything up
    Go to the bar and unload everything
    Set everything up
    Sound Check
    Chill (Grab some grub)
    Chill a little more
    Hit the stage
    Play the sweat outta me
    Get paid
    Break everything down
    Load out to the truck
    Take everything back to the studio (unless we're playing again the next night)
    Load out to the studio
    Go home
    Try to get some sleep (with a big smile on my face!) :)
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Is there any other way?
  13. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    Well, I take a spare change of socks. The other band members thought it was weird....until they learned I have hyperhidrosis.

  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md

    Add a looong meal break and you've just describe my gig tonight:D. Open mic, great food, minimal playing.

    And I got paid. Yes!


    Side note: on the way home (around 1:30am), instead of taking the interstate, I decide to take the back roads back from Columbia. I'm on Rte 32 west for about 5 miles... alone. Absolutely no traffic. About 1/4 mile before I exit off the main road, here come the flashing lights. ^%$#!

    The officer walks up to the car and says "You were doing xx in a 55 mph zone". I think I might've said "Geez". Shines a light in the car and says "Interesting passenger". We both smile. I have my coax Bag End 15 on the front seat of my Miata. I explain that I'm on my way home from a gig. He asks what I play, I tell him bass. He asks if I play upright... we both smile again. Not in this car. I tell him I have two electric basses in the trunk. He looks surprised. I had to take the cab, cart and gigbag out of the front to get to my registration. He checks it out, gives me a warning and tells me to slow down. No problem.

    Glad I didn't end up playing for "free";)

    On the odd times I run afoul of the law this is typically what happens.
  15. willgroove2


    Aug 16, 2003
    chicago IL
    Endorsing Artist;Essential sound products,Dunlop, Ergo Instruments
    a few years ago i was coming from a jobbing gig up in lake forest IL(high income area north of chicago)as luck would have it the police were doing a "safety check" for drunk drivers that night and were pulling over everybody coming down the road.so im sitting there in my tux wait for my turn thinking "boy im glad i don't drink on gig's" when the cop asked me for my license and proof of insurance.as i handed it to him he looked in the back seat and told me "pull over there please"i was like oh no here we go.when i pulled over he came up and said "that's a bass guitar case right?" i said yes and he said"what kind of strings do you use and what kind of amp do you have?" I told him and he said thank's and that i could go and that he had me stop because he never got to talk to any pro bassist one on one. i was like whatha??!#$%$# but kept my mouth shut and got out of town quickly.
  16. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    Show up
    Set up
    Plug in
    Break down
    Get paid
    Go home

    get off the bus
    hit the stage and have your #1 tuned bass handed to you
    channel the muse for the evening
    leave the stage
    get back on the bus

    :bassist: :cool:
  17. for todays show!

    walk from school to van-rental
    drive to our garage, load gear
    unload gear in club, soundcheck

    -break- (relax, eat, hangout, whatever)

    arrive at club
    perform, while drinking heavily
    tear it down, load up van again
    get paid
    go home
  18. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Smoke some pot
    Remember I have a gig :eek:
    Load up
    Arrive at bar
    Start Drinking (2-3 drinks)
    Realize I am at wrong bar, load up again and head to right bar :D
  19. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    The most important thing is to first call the club, to confirm what time you are supposed to start. I find some clubs get amnesia the day before the gig and suddenly realize they are double booked or don’t really want a band.

    90% of my stuff stays packed when I’m not gigging or practicing. All I really pack is a change of clothes, set lists, a copy of the agreement with the club stating the terms and the $ (the amount is another thing that clubs get amnesia about ;) )

    All my stuff stays packed in the same location which (barely) fits into my mid sized sedan.

    I like to arrive 1.5 -2 hours before the show as my gear setup is extensive.

    1.5 to 1 hour before, the rest of the band arrives. I help them unload and set-up.

    30 min before show. Set-up is done. I move my effect boards, keyboard, and bass stands from the side stage to position. Give a final test before taping and clamping cables.



    After a gig, I clean my bass string with alcohol right of the bat and case them. Then relax a few minutes and wait for the crowds to dissipate before the set-up.

    Get paid


    Go home (loaded car is locked in the garage)

    Go to sleep

    Get up

    Unload equipment.
  20. kansas666


    Sep 20, 2004
    plugging in is part of set up, unplugging is part of break down. Don't make it seem more complicated than it is. ;)