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So, ya wanna make a demo.......

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by nojj, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    Your band wants a new demo, preferably live because that's what the venue owners and agents want.

    Option A:
    Get in some quality rehearsal time.
    Then bring your regular line-up to a tried and true venue, with a good sounding room.
    Fill said room with some wild and crazy friends.
    (If you don't have any friends, rent some)
    Record outstanding performance, then mix & put on disk.

    Option B
    Add a bunch of personnel who have never worked with you or the core group before.
    Cancel any rehearsals,(last minute's fine, nobody besides you has a life anyway)
    and send unfamiliar set list to the band about an hour prior to set-up.
    Then bring the whole lot to a completely unknown venue,
    set up and record resulting train wreck.
    Try to convince venue owners who hear your <ahem> demo
    that the 4pc you show up with is actually an 8, but half of the guys are 'sick'

    So which option would YOU pick?
    The band I'm with tonight has chosen Option B
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Answer B sounds like the best choice, Meredith.
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    B sounds like real quality time. Good luck ... :meh:

    EDIT: We're recording some day between Xmas and New Year, and I believe we'll be going with your option A, minus the wild and crazy friends.
  4. volerium


    May 21, 2012
    Wichita, KS
    Oh Jesus. That sounds like It'd be hilarious to see. I enjoyed reading it anyways. Dont envy you but it seems like you have a good sense of humor about it
  5. Dave Curran

    Dave Curran Lilduke

    Jul 27, 2013
    Def go with B. And post the youtube link to the demo, so we can all climb aboard! ;)
  6. +1 Sorry nojj but this has the potential for "must see"!

    Good luck.
  7. Five posts to get to the obvious, option C, they're FIRED!
  8. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    I've played a lot of shows, and last night was another one.......

    For some reason, the band decided to haul their PA in, instead of using the house rig.
    (The house system was quite nice, well placed/setup)

    Neither guitar player wanted to relinquish the lead spot,
    and the one next to me had so much bass on his amp it was drowning out my 4x10.
    (Of course, I was told to turn down: which I did)

    Songs were disorganized, and sounded somewhere between sloppy and terrible.

    The venue was empty by the 2nd set, as the singer was entirely too loud.
    Venue owner even said something about it.

    Not sure about the recording, the guy tasked with the audio didn't bring his stuff.
    (I'd been asked to bring my recording rig, and refused)
    Video was a cheap camera on one of my tripods.
    Singer and the drummer thought everything sounded great.
    Hoping that none of this will ever see the light of day.

    I was talking to the owner, who asked about my bands,
    (Not the shrill wank-fest I was with that night)
    & took one of my cards.

    The band sucked
    The pay sucked
    The lengthy drive home sucked
    In short, I couldn't think of a single redeeming thing about that show.

    Told Wife of Nojj this morning,
    "please kick me in the ballz repeatedly, it would be almost as much fun as playing with that band."
  9. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Ouch ... if anything good would come out of these messy gigs (I've had a few too) it would be if everyone did some analyzing and learned from what went wrong. But somehow I doubt your band mates are too receptive ...
  10. So, when are you quitting?
  11. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    What, and leave show biz?
  12. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Is this the band with the singerbabe/BL that wanted to be paid for a gig she didn't play at a couple months ago?
  13. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013

    Things are so bad that I'm thinking of becoming a gui****........:D

    I'm quite glad that at least my band is run professionally.
    Wife of Nojj thinks I should start ramping that one up.
  14. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    The good news is, club managers never listen to bands' demo CDs anyway...
  15. nojj

    nojj Guest

    May 20, 2013
    True enough.
    Most of 'em will check out a youtube,
    or maybe even glance at a (dedicated) web site.
    Demo CDs make good drink coasters.
  16. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    And earrings if you're going on Jerry Springer.
  17. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.
    Hi Mr. nojj,

    Awww, c'mon! I'm sure others would love to see this train wreck! It would be no reflection on you but we'd get a kick out of it. Please? :p

    Thank you for your indulgence,

  18. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    My thoughts exactly!

    At the very least, you'll get some comedic relief from the whole episode.

    Sounds like one of those situations where you want to slink around behind your amp, or the mains, the drumkit....
  19. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Ever notice with singers that the worse they sound the better they think they actually are......?
  20. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Dunning-Kruger effect. Happens to more than singers.