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wallpaper gigs?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Oneirogenic, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Oneirogenic


    Nov 10, 2009
    Anybody ever done on of these? Basically its a gig where you are providing music at a low volume and you are not the focus of attention. I did a gig like this for an anniversary party for my mother-in-law on Saturday. Basically I got to set up in a corner of huge garage like structure and play music. I just played improvised loop based ambient music for 4 hours and it was quite fun. I went all maximalist with my gear and brought 3 basses, a guitar, a kalimba, and most of my pedals(9?) as well as a small recording setup. When I felt like taking a break I just left a loop going and went and did my break thing (food, beer, herb) and said hello to a few folks and went back on my merry way. I had many people compliment me and actually had a good amount of people hanging out where I was. Interestingly even though i was playing fairly quiet( you could stand right be me and converse without raising your voice) i could be well heard outside by the other guests because of the acoustics of the garage I was playing in. It was nice change of pace from loud rock gigs with planned material. Just kicking back and improvising mellow stuff to a non bar crowd was refreshing. I should look in to getting more gigs like this....
  2. I play musical wallpaper gigs (funny I call them that too!) with an acoustic trio at wineries around town. They are fun, although we have to actually play songs, so it's a bit more work. Rule #1 - when they ask you to turn down, you just turn down. Completely drowned out by a conversation between two people: perfect volume.
  3. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Yes. I used to play in a 4 pc light jazz band every Saturday night at a local country club in the restaurant. We set up in a corner, out of sight, and played thru the dinner service. Had to wear a tux. Many times the diners didn't realize there was a band in the house until we stopped playing. We were back ground music. Paid well but boring as watching wallpaper dry.
  4. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Pretty much every casino gig is a wallpaper gig.

    At least when I play a wallpaper gig at a restaurant we usually get a good free meal out of the deal. And I'm back home at a reasonable hour.
  5. Megazap63


    Apr 12, 2009
    London, UK
    Most Real Book restaurant gigs I've done, especially where there's no drummer.

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