Solo gigs

rebonn

Senior Member
If I was younger and had more vigor, ( my get up and go got up and left ) I might want to try a DJ thing with the drums being a part of it and not solely drums. Just playing to tracks wouldn't appeal to me though. Luckily we play out a lot and wouldn't even have time for something like that.
 

145drummie

Member
Could not agree more with you. Spot on.

There's a guy in Mcr City Centre occasionally sets up his little jungle set and cracks on with it. No-one's really interested (even though he is really excellent). I literally have to drag friends to a stop to tell them "this guys really good" to be met with "meh". After a few minutes I'm "meh" to. But he is one of the best drummers I've heard.

Whereas there is a small group of buskers who knock out ska, punk, and mod classics acoustically elsewhere. I could stand and watch them for hours.
I saw that guy playing when I was over in Manchester last month. He was pretty good and you're right, no one was paying any attention to him at all. I tossed him a few quid. I pretty much always give spare change to the buskers, even if they are just playing two spoons, at least they are trying, not just laying about with a sign and a starving dog looking for hand-outs.
 

calan

Silver Member
I'd agree that somebody just playing a kit by themselves is most likely not going to make an engaging or enjoyable experience for most music listeners.

However, I think many of you are thibking purely acoustic and either unaware or not accounting for the possibilities that exist if you start incorporating some modest technology. Get a mic or two, a looper, some effects, maybe a little midi keyboard or synth module.

These aren't necessarily drum performances, but there is no reason the same principles can't be applied:

Reggie Watts - NPR tiny desk https://youtu.be/dRmRr3Z8Zv8

Navene K. - Live in Gothenburg https://youtu.be/_jHwO25NkxE

Tune Yards - NPR tiny desk https://youtu.be/c8FML8QhcZo
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
I'd agree that somebody just playing a kit by themselves is most likely not going to make an engaging or enjoyable experience for most music listeners.

However, I think many of you are thibking purely acoustic and either unaware or not accounting for the possibilities that exist if you start incorporating some modest technology. Get a mic or two, a looper, some effects, maybe a little midi keyboard or synth module.

These aren't necessarily drum performances, but there is no reason the same principles can't be applied:

Reggie Watts - NPR tiny desk https://youtu.be/dRmRr3Z8Zv8

Navene K. - Live in Gothenburg https://youtu.be/_jHwO25NkxE

Tune Yards - NPR tiny desk https://youtu.be/c8FML8QhcZo

You are correct. Gotta think outside the box and be creative. Think about what might be entertaining to an audience.


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CommanderRoss

Silver Member
I remember a guy in Downtown Disney in California who did drum stuff to pre-recorded music. did pretty well for himself down there, but I haven't seen him in a while.
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
I think in order to pull this sort of thing off outside of being a clinician, you would have to do something like what Josh Dion does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwpx3_kovLA


The idea of teaming up with a DJ or doing a DJ-sort of gig, you would have to have some pretty amazing visual stuff going on in terms of lighting and effects, catching sticks on fire, etc.
 
M

MasterBlaster

Guest
Sometimes that's the best fun! And great practice!!!

I envy you!
 
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