Some of you might know from my previous posts that currently I only work with a guitarist/singer who has been my friend for a long time. Both of us have had difficulties in "band" setting and prefer to work with each other in this manner. In the last couple of months we have written a lot of material (20+ finished songs) and we have been discussing how to deliver this material to the public as well as perform it live. I was largely inspired by another post here about different configurations for the same act and have come up with a viable solution but I still want to get advice. The concept is to record 2 versions of the material. One all acoustic that features us as a duo in an acoustic set up and another one with a full "band" and electric instruments. The thing is that when showcasing our music and trying to promote ourselves to venues, the demo itself should be true to what we can do live. I wouldn't feel comfortable handing in a full band demo and showing up as an acoustic duo and vice versa. I don't want to miss out from playing bigger venues just because we function as a duo. Another thing that I considered was that instead of bringing in a drummer as a hired gun just go Live PA with the back up band. We don't want to bring another person with "equal say" into a project that is already well underway. This is something that we discussed from the beginning. Just flat out paying musicians for their work in the studio and live, instead of making them part of it. We have our weekly session tomorrow. Would it be better to ditch one of the set ups completely? Do both? Do neither? Would it cause confusion to try to "brand" ourselves in different manners simultaneously?