Friday, 28 October 2011
To gig or not to gig?
These days, major recording artists make the bulk of their money from gigging.
It's even more important for us wannabes, because to catch the attention of the record companies we're supposed to make a name for ourselves first - to prove we have that special "something" that draws listeners in. And to prove that we know how to work hard.
But I've always been a bit of a hermit when it comes to gigging. When I think about why that might be, it occurs to me that I've always been a bit of a hermit when it comes to going out at all. It just isn't my thing. I prefer to meet friends at my house or theirs, drink a little, watch a film, have a meal, maybe play a little Trivial Pursuit. I think people that enjoy my type of music prefer that way of doing things too.
So maybe I need to work out what the "Trivial Pursuit" version of gigging is. Perhaps it's daytime gigs - something on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Perhaps it's intimate gigs in lower capacity venues. It's something to think about.