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