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Old 01-01-2015, 03:20 PM   #21
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worst case for me was our manager years ago organised a gig in Belfast in a known rock venue known as "the rosetta"
so,its like a big rocker style function room upstairs with stage,lights,pa,in house sound man the works
Downstairs,its just your working mans bar but there was this duo playing downstairs with 2 acoustics and maybe 20 old men sitting in the bar
Well...we set up our gear,its a Thursday night in January in Belfast and we were to play 11 pm until 12.30.
at 11...4 people had come in to the venue
we ended up giving them their admission back and went home
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:40 PM   #22
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If you're too loud, people will leave. If you're too soft, people will ignore you.

I'd say just mic the kick, snare and vocals and have done with it.

But mix issues aside, I'd say that playing for ashtrays (as it's known) is a rite of passage for any musician.

You think every gig you play is going to be well-attended by 20 babes even more gorgeous than Laetitia Casta? Good luck with that, hombre.

When I end up playing to an unfriendly crowd, I usually try telling a joke or two between songs, something to attempt communication, but all you can really do in the end is be well-rehearsed and sober.

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Old 01-02-2015, 09:28 PM   #23
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The bar owner at a a place where I played in a house band for 2 years once said," I never blame the band for a slow night...likewise I never credit the band for a busy night, these things just seem to happen on their own".
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:55 PM   #24
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We (An Air Force band) were in Berlin back in the 70s to do a few parades and stuff, there were signs all over Templehoff, where we barracked about a upcoming concert by Oliver, of the song "Jean" fame.

It happened to be on a night we had off so I went to see it, no one else in the band was interested. Got there early, 500 person hall, just me in it. Oliver and a couple of Air Force helpers showed up on time, setup, and played three songs, just for me. Got to talk to him for 30 minutes and talk about life on the road, thanked him very much for coming and told him how much I enjoyed it, etc.

I wonder how many of the Artists that donate their time to the Military end up in situations like this. My experience was this was unique, usually their shows are overflowing as were ours when we got to play for the troops.
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:48 PM   #25
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There is a really swanky steak house here in Honolulu called "Hy's". They have a guy in the bar area playing classical acoustic, and singing. Apparently, he had local Honolulu hits a time or two in the past.

He plays so softly with such a high reedy voice, that he is barely perceptible. You would think he would get tired of this permanent gig he's had for 20 yrs. Once he goes on break however, many patrons buy him snacks, soft drinks, call him over for a conversation etc.. He becomes a strange celebrity.

Then he goes back and begins his set and it still imperceptible. I don't get it at all, but apparently he's good for the digestion or something.
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All similar stories & I can relate to them all. It appears to me that live music is not the draw & doesn't interest people like it used to years ago. A band with a large following has become extinct Their loss!
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We played a show a couple weeks ago and the drummer said he looked up once and NO ONE was in the bar. The 3-5 regulars, 4 guys from the other band and 3 bar staff were ALL outside at the fire pit, smoking. Bleh. It happens. But that would be the first time I recall the room was ACTUALLY empty. But, I am in a VERY metal/Radio Rock market. And I am a lot of things musically. Radio Rock and Metal is none of them. So I can play a show here a lot of times and end a song to total quiet, until they start to smatter a polite attempt of applause. Play through is all you can do.
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A few months ago I done a gig and played as a sound check Eric claptons old love. Nice soft song with soft vocal.
Fast forward to the start of the second set and an old boy of about a hundred and six years old came up took my hand and said (no exaggeration with the amount of times sweet was said)
' what a sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet voice you had when you started son why did you have to go and ruin it '
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The only experience I have with this is small size of crowd during first set before the bar packs solid ..and we always had to adjust our sound for less people. But normally we always packed them in. The best time to play was in the early 80's the crowds were great and they partied hard I did have an Indian throw a bran muffin at me once :span

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All similar stories & I can relate to them all. It appears to me that live music is not the draw & doesn't interest people like it used to years ago. A band with a large following has become extinct Their loss!
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I understand 100% why one would believe this, however live Music revenue has been growing ever since mp3s started taking over, its often the primary income for big names. Its now the highest its ever been and still growing. Here's one source.

The Legacy Music industry is in deep do-do now that they have competition and can't make so much ripping off the artists by over charging for shipping, storage, labels, boxes, storage, inventory, breakage (the is/was lawsuit over this, they still want it at the same level as CD and albums even though breakage is over 98% (IIRC) less with electronic distribution, return only IIRC), etc. that is mandated in the contracts. They are in full spin cycle generating as much propaganda as they can and buying politicians left and right trying to get things the way they were. Since many of the legacy news sources are related to or owned by the same media companies its hard to see whats really going on here without really digging deep. The rest of the Music Industry is growing in leaps and bounds, the Legacy companies always completely ignores all these numbers (including much of the live music revenue) in their reports and research. They believe they are the only people in the real music industry. The internet destroyed their business model, not their business, its just moving on.

The Greed of the Legacy music companies is actually pushing many bands to skip renewing contracts, self produce their music into Appel and Amazon and going out on the road because they make way more money that way. They give a lot of music away free, there are several reports showing you make more money and build a larger following this way.
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