how not to let a bad performance get you down
Sep 18, 2007 at 10:04pm
how not to let a bad performance get you down
Sorry for the OT post, but i had a horrible show sunday night.. and want to get some support. (although i did use a couple of patches during the show so it’s not too OT). First of all, i found out i was playing the show like 2 hours before hand (i’ve done live shows before, but it’s been years), while my first instinct was to say no way, i thought for a minuter and figured it might be a good thing to throw myself on stage and see what i can come up with.. To be honest, i’ve been doing electronic music for while now… starting with drum and bass back in the late 90′s, alot of things have happened since then.. i’ve lost most of my equipment from those days and had a couple of years of trouble both legally and mentally but the desire to make music has never changed. So i have a ridiculous amount of sounds and songs.. most of which i hate.
Anyway, i play the show using ableton and max… totally improve no set songs just a basic idea of what tracks to play when. As you can imagine it was pretty bad. While, there might have been moments of greatness the overall feeling i got was this is not going well. the show ends, and i do get approched by a couple of people who said they liked it.. but i just laugh (thinking they’re lying). But when asked for my number by a hip hop group..who would like to contact me for some shows.. i thought, hey it might not have been that bad.
playing live has always been my main interest, while i make music for myself, it is nice to let others hear it and hopefully enjoy it. so i learned a lot from this one show. Stage presence is very very important with electronic music… jump around or do something (i didn’t, next time i will). like somebody said before, who wants to watch a guy on stage who looks like he’s reading his email. Secondly, soundcheck (i didn’t) i had no clue what the show sounded like all i heard was popping monitors. third, be well prepared (i wasn’t).
i hope i don’t let this get me to down, but right now i don’t even feel like making music, what do you guys do when you have a horrible show? It actually does inspire me to use max more… because i want to make some sort of realtime manipluation controller… but thats a ways away.
thanks for listening, matt
Sep 18, 2007 at 10:40pm
First of all, don’t be so hard on yourself. Crafting
Sometimes the hardest critic to satisfy, is the one
Sep 18, 2007 at 11:10pm
Well, you know I was going to go to that gig, but now….
Move on to the next one.
Sep 19, 2007 at 12:05am
It actually sounds like it was an exciting, cool set! I’m betting there were some folks who honestly enjoyed it. And I think most folks hate at least certain parts of their work.
Sep 19, 2007 at 8:02am
Matthew Williams schrieb:
This is a good starting point, no matter what happens…
> So i have a ridiculous amount of sounds and songs.. most of which i
If you know what you hate about it, there is potential to make it better..
> totally improve no set songs just a basic idea of what tracks to play
I imagine it showed that you took a challange, that is much more, than
> While, there might have been moments of greatness the overall feeling
Oh man, I know that feeling well…, but I also know, that I am mostly
> the show ends, and i do get approched by a couple of people who said
If its really bad, nobody would come, unless its a personal friend who
> But when asked for my number by a hip hop group..who would like to
The most interesting about live music, is listening to sombody who takes
But the best of all: you will get to the point where you can honostly
> so i learned a lot from this one show.
I hope so too, let me know when you come to Paris or Berlin, I’d like to
> It actually does inspire me to use max more… because i want
Yeah, that’s what Max is about. While playing you get an idea how you
It sounds that thsi night will be a great one if you look back in a
Improvisation is just my favorite concept, its all about surprise, don’t
Sep 19, 2007 at 8:33am
I can totally relate to you, I found myself some 5 years ago standing
Since then I haven’t made any music worth mentioning, mainly because
Now I am starting to make music again just to play live,
It is true that U are the hardest critic and it’s eventually always
On 19 Sep 2007, at 00:40, email@example.com wrote:
> First of all, don’t be so hard on yourself. Crafting
Sep 19, 2007 at 8:39am
Quote: REC wrote on Wed, 19 September 2007 00:04
One thing I learned during my live performances is that you should never let it depend on a new piece of technology (regardless whether it was made by you, a friend or a major company). This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be developing your own technology, it does mean you should start using it live only when it is no longer ‘new’.
Sep 22, 2007 at 5:19pm
thank you guys for all the support, it’s been a week now and i’m still a little bummed about the whole deal. But i’ve set my equipment back up at home, and getting back to tghe creating side. I’ve taken everyones comments, and realize it was good to have played reguardless of the sound or impression it left on me.
i do know what i want my patch to do and what kind of controller i want to use witth it. I soooo don’t want to “read email” on stage ever again. I’m going to make my patch so that when i hit a pad or move a slider things will noticably change, so the audience can see what i’m doing and hear it’s effects. i want to “jam”/ improv with my sets. I also just started to read winklers book so i hope that gives me some more ideas for my live show.
basically, the worst thing about this bad show is that i start to question my talent level. then i’ll listen to some old stuff and think “hey that was good”. then again i start toi think that i’m getting old and loosing my edge and thus my music is becoming dull and lifeless. but hopefull age plays no role in how your music sounds. i mean it seems like it could only get better as you become a better player. but for some reason i tend to like bands earlier stuff as opposed to the stuff they out out in their later years.. i better stop this tangent here.. i’m depressing myself.. lol
thanks again , matt
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.