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Idiots Guide to Gigging

The idea of this page is to provide bands with no experience in gigging an idea of stuff, so no one gets too confused.
Tis to help you feel comfortable, and make sure you don't get embarrased when the sound engineer asks if the monitors are working - and you don't even know what they are or their function.
And so I don't get insane questions about whether bands
should turn up with whole PA systems or not (even though, it's really cute, and makes me smile).
Feel free to E-mail
if you feel there's something missing out.

PA Systems (Personal address systems):
This mainly consists of speakers, as far as you are concerned.
All the sound produced by the entire band will be projected
into the audience by these speakers, instead of coming from
each musician individually, this gives
a fuller sound, and means the sound engineer
can sort out the balance through
the sound desk. This is huge, and will either be in house
(ie, owned by the venue) or will be supplied by the promoter.

DI (direct imput):
This is when a certain instrument (or sound) goes straight into the PA system,
this is used in outputs such as keyboards, or decks, which do
not rely on going through an amp or mic,
to modify thier sound. These go through a DI box,
which will probably be supplied by the venue/promoter.

Drum mics:
Usually consist of, bass, snare, hi hat,
and ambiance.

All the amps a band are using, so called as they are at the back, in a line,
unless you have some unusual ritual and require them to be in a circle...

All parts of the drum kit which
are made up of cymbols (can include pedals and snare),
you are usually asked to bring these, you
could be asked to bring your kit, but it's
usually bands who want to bring their
own kit, and promoters that don't, cos it
takes massive change over time
(keep this in mind, if you do, cos schedules are usually
so very tight)

The big blocks on the front of the
stage, when I was starting out,
someone described them, as the things guitarists
put one leg up onto when they are soloing.
However, there purpose is to play to you what
the audience is hearing, so you can hear what
you are doing, and not just the double
bass pedal bashing your brains out.

Floor tuners:
Are definately, THE only way to tune up on stage.
However well trained your ear is, adrenaline pumps
on stage, and listening to someone tuning thier bass,
isn't very pretty. It is also
a time to talk to the audience.

Sound Check:
This is more for the sound engineer
to check you out (and if you're sound checking first, to check
out the set up of the equipment).
Sound checks can be as daunting as engineers making each
musician solo before doing
a group check, but this isn't that common.
Checks last from around half
a song, to 10 mins.
Use sound checks as a quiet rehersal, save your performance for later
on! And don't worry if you mess up,
just fix up quickly! Also, listen
to the other
bands, so you can see how the night is going to work.
Sound checks are in reverse order (if everyone is present) with the headlining
band going first, and the first band going last.

Sound engineers:
can be the most difficult people in the world, however, if you piss
them off, they could break your gig (but Edyum don't deal with bands who would piss off
engineers, so we're OK). Don't be entirely
intimidated by the engineer, do what they say, but ask questions if you need to!
Sound engineers are probably running against time, when sound checking, so save
your intro track for afterwards!

Stage Manager:
You probably won't be introduced to the stage manager.
If someone back stage, who
you've never met in your life, tells you to tune the fuck up, then that's them.
Their job is to get you on stage, on time,
tuned up,
with all your gear, and then get you off
again. It's better to get off stage when told, so as not to piss off
the stage manager, or the band after.
Guitar amps:
  are either head and cabs (head and cabinets) or combos. A head and cab will have the speaker below a removable bit, which has all the buttons on it, this is useful as bands can use the same cab, and different speakers, meaning quicker change over times, less hassle etc. A combo, is a speaker, and buttons is one.

Quick tips:
-Make sure you can see
everyone on stage, and you can
communicate with them adequately.

-Make sure your friends know
where and when you're playing, so they
turn up at the right time (oh, and with the
right money, and outdoor clothing)

-Most bands prefer to go on
stage sober, I would suggest this for a
first gig until you get confident
enough to make up your own mind on it.

-Don't make enemies with the
other bands, you may need their support
when you break all your instruments mid-set...

-Make a set list.

-If you are of a larger
weight, it is not advised that you
crowd surf onto the young girls at the front!

Edyum Promotions