Published on March 24th, 2017.
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Playing in a hometown music scene, it can be easy for your band to get lost in the mix with other local artists. This especially applies when your scene is inundated with bands playing very similar styles of music. As a local artist, this affects you, because your local community is important and often gathers around art. And for how much shows help with local communities, these connections will be built elsewhere if your band doesn’t give someone a good reason to keep coming. Shows can (and will) get boring if nothing new or different happens. Apart from writing the best songs you can and killing it each time you take the stage, maybe you can make your live performances particularly memorable in other ways.
I hate dressing up for shows, period. I wouldn’t even go for an “everyone wear dark colors” kind of scenario. But lately, I’ve been digging through historical ska discographies. While I know “ska” is a dirty word in a lot people’s books, the uniform mentality that a lot of early ‘80s ska bands had was important to their message and how they were perceived. While many of those bands had a very political message, uniforms can obviously be used for a variety of circumstances and genres. I highly recommend, if you choose to use uniforms, to buy rather than rent or borrow. Of course, make sure that your uniform is appropriate for your message or purpose.
2. Stage Props
The way the stage looks could all be yours. Often I’ll see glorified Christmas lights wrapped around amps, but those things have become cliches and have grown tired. However, I’m happy to say that I’ve seen some bands changing it up. Recently some friends of mine got colored orb lights to not only put on their amps, but to set up inside of the drum pieces as well. I personally want to get cardboard standups and put them in front of my amps from now on as well. Fog machines, videos and other things are used by artists sometimes, but they have to be very purposeful, as to not become distracting from the music.
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