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Offline LievenDV

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Point Fifty Live: prep and report
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:32:39 pm »
Hi guys,

Thanks to this cool site and forum I managed to progress in a lot of fields and I already managed to pull off a decent solo appearance last summer. This Saturday (9th of August), the band and I will be doing a first public gig in band setting. It will be a mix of original and covers where I'll do some rhythm guitar and the vocals. I organized everything myself; booked a little club, seek sponsorships tried to make some free promotion and I think we'll end up giving a little show for about 60 people.
I know, that ain't much but it will be a good test to see if we can keep 'm entertained :)

Now I'm trying to go over all the checklists I helped other people make but we're trying to do this well prepared.
Tonights there is another rehearsal and we'll have the club from noon already on saturday, to play with the setup, to go through the set once more, to get some things done like banners for the sponsors, make sure the drinks are cooled etc :) most of the stuff is covered already

- bartender
- coupon seller
- coupons (to buy booze)
- practice songs
- backup guitar
- backup strings
- backup strings for the backup guitar (uhu)
- main and backup guitar setup by a luthier, 2 week old strings but not heavily played, pots cleaned, jack checked
- little backup amp (it's a mic'ed up gig with pa )
- soundman booked and briefed
- printed big font setlist for on the floor; we've been at it since previous rehearsal but it's a big part of the songs we usually play
- backup leads
- backup pedals? I've got doubles and triples on distortions and reverbs; I'm gok on that :)
- a lot of invited/spammed people with confirmed attendance
- some international friends from this forum, coming all the way to Mechelen, Belgium (superawesome!!!!)
- something to say about the sponsors
- a free keg of beer for after the gig
- pizza delivery nearby for pre-gig food
- some people taking photographs
- fixed camera and somebody with hand camera
- briefed soundguy on using zoom recorder to record both PA master as ambient room
- backup vocal mic (enough in the club but preferably use mine)
- Telephone call with the soundman; did my best to be a co-operating friendly chap and he sounded chill.
checked his background; I have confidence in his skills.
- more than enough (backup) powerstript to plug in
- some patch cable to perform pedalboard-surgery if one decides to fail on me
- favorite pick and backup nearby
- JR Cash and  James Marshall Hendrix looing down on me, while I'm not even religious...'sone for you guys!

todo: exact arrival time soundguy, exact appointment for the key of the club, rehearse some basic stage interactions with the other bandmembers,
pickup backup guitar at luthier :)

- the mental checkup? I need to go through the songs 2 more times and I'll be confident.
I'll be playing a lot of open chords variations as we have bass and a great lead guitarist and I don't need to go complexer than
I should :) I nkow a big part of the people that will be there and i've been pushing some to be there.
that's a comfort but in a way it's not :) I'm extremely looking forward to this and I'm 100% sure it will be fun. I get a kick of being the center of attention but I like to do it good and prepare in a professional fashion, so it becomes a solid routine.

I'm gonna do the "look over the people" routine sometimes but I know I will be lookign at the people to see if they nod their head and tap their foot. And yes, there are somesongs you need to look a girl/woman straight in the eye :) way ahead of you there.
I'm ad rem enough to be smooth in the mic between songs and I don't worry about what they might think because when it goes as planned, I'm sure the main part will be entertained. So confidence is certainly not an issue. Remain humble and yet keep it interesting

I'm at my chillest when I'm playful. If I manage to remain playful it will keep the show chill and has less faults. I wouldn't dare to end up being nonchalant; that's uncool for the band!

So if you guys think of any good advice in the meantime, I gladly hear it.
(and yes, report will be here afterwards)

I posted 2 music samples of originals here before, the band is called "Point Fifty"
http://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=34983.0

Of course, everybody is invited but it will be only about 45 minutes of music :)
(more info on our website http://www.pointfifty.be)
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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 03:15:47 pm »
Didn't see it on the list, might have missed it though, your song sheets or charts.

I always took ours to our gigs.  Rarely used them but you never know.  Paid off big time once, and they were handy a couple of times when we pulled someone on stage to sit in with us.

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014, 03:35:03 pm »
that's a usueful tip for later on perhaps... or as part of the "encore" section :)
We could make them sing wild thing or something :) something simple and recognizeable.

I do have these charts we use as reference when practicing but they don't feature lyrics. They are merely the structure of how we play thesongs

http://www.foolproof.be/varia/setlist-blocks.pdf
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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2014, 04:20:17 pm »
have you got gaffa tape to make sure all cables are secure to the floor etc - trip hazards all passing the health & safety test?

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2014, 04:40:08 pm »
Lieven, you have got to be the most organized person I have ever seen.

I'm sure whatever happens you will do great. ... and remember it's rock n' roll so if something goes wrong, just keep banging it out.

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014, 05:43:01 pm »
It can be useful to give the sound guy a stage plot that shows the stage locations of the instruments. It can also be helpful to let him know in advance how many monitor mixes you'll need what will be expected in the mixes. A mic stand guitar pick holder can come in handy:



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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014, 07:10:44 pm »
Some backup 'encore' songs have saved me from embarrassment, when the crowd just can't get enough.
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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2014, 08:06:41 pm »
When you play Born To Be Wild...
Don't forget to say: "And the next song is dedicated to Katja!"

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2014, 11:53:03 pm »
When you play Born To Be Wild...
Don't forget to say: "And the next song is dedicated to Katja!"

Thanks.

deal ;)

tape: good idea
instrument layout: good idea
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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2014, 07:24:15 am »
You haven't mentioned the wardrobe - what you gonna be wearing?

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2014, 09:16:00 am »
way ahead of you; it was "dress rehearsal" yesterday, to check it the lcothes we want to wear don't interfere... lead guitarists goes for old jeans and leather jacket, I'll go for...

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2014, 10:25:33 am »
just too cool for words

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2014, 02:52:55 pm »
Do I not see video cameras on the list? Don't you have a couple ---stationary-- video cameras? Or at least one where the resulting video doesn't look like the operator was having a seizure while filming.

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Re: first live gig coming up, any good advice besides all this?
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2014, 03:37:32 pm »
hehe; my father is the video man.

He's into filming and editing. He'll let a static camera run and handle the camera but a seizure scenario is not covered :) How rock n roll of me ;)  he'll be managing that gear; testing in the afternoon already etc
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2014, 03:46:46 pm »
Ah, fantastic.... looking forward to seeing it.

So are you making arrangements to at least get a good clean 2 track mix off the board? Would be nice to get individual tracks as well.
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