Gigging is one of the best parts of playing music. Having the crowd in front of you and playing music for them can be one of the best things in the world. But that’s when everything goes right. It can also be majorly stressful when things don’t go right. So we thought we would give you some common things that could go wrong, and will help iron out any of the silly problems that can be majorly stressful in a gig.
1) Check your batteries.
Acoustic guitars, pedals, microphones… A lot of these run on batteries. And if those run flat, you are in for some major problems. You don’t want to be spending 15 min in front of a crowd trying to find a way to get your wireless microphone back on again. Make sure you have spare batteries, and check them before each gig. You don’t know when these suckers are going to check out, so you need to make sure you got some spares on hand in case.
2) Bring extra cables.
Cables have a life of their own. And more often then not, are temperamental. Which is not fun if you are the middle of a gig, and the cable decided to start acting funny. If you roll your cables properly, then everything should be fine. But by chance if a cable has not been rolled properly, it can start popping. Not only is this flipping annoying, it also look incredible unprofessional. So bring a spare.
3) Check the setup.
It’s a good idea to get a feel for what kind of gig it is. I’ve seen too many bands pitch up with a full setup, and the sound guy is only prepared for an acoustic feel. Not only does this make everyone rush around like idiots trying to make a plan, it also make your band look like they are trying to hard. Don’t be the band who puts on a full show at an open mic. It’s an open mic. Changeover is quick, and when a band brings more than they should, it just interrupts the flow.
4) Communicate with the sound guy.
The sound guy is probably a pro, and is being paid to do this. Take that he knows his stuff, rather than he doesn’t. There are a ton of variables in live sound, and limitations. Remember, it’s about the whole thing sounding good, not just you and what you like. Just be chilled, and take things as they come. If you want some more volume in your monitor, just ask. There’s no need to make a scene about. And also, remember, if things keep changing, thats how live sound is. People come in and walk out, and the sound changes with that all the time. So give him a break. Also, don’t unplug or change setting without telling him. If you need to do something, tell him first and wait for the go ahead. A lot of bands just do their thing, there’s a massive popping sound, and then look at the sound guy like it’s his fault. It wasn’t his fault, it was theirs. Most sound guys are chilled and want the best for you as well.
5) Get there on time.
It’s really simple. If call time is 4pm, get there at 3:45pm. If you forget something, you’ve got time to find a solution. You’re not rushing, or getting frantic. Remember, if you show up on time, no can say anything to you. The gig has tons of variables, and you arriving late just makes everything a little more difficult. The guys running everything will appreciate it. Also, if you want to be a pro, then act like one.