Is it just me?

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Not only do I like being seen, I like seeing the action. Screw hiding me in the corner. Being honest, I'm the most consistently visually entertaining band member up there.

I'm hidden most of the time and I don't like it at all. Amplifiers directly in front of my kick drum, and less than a foot from it, and in the dark. I'm unmiced, so I really need space in front of my kick. It definitely irks me when someone doesn't believe I'm in the band. I mean we work hard to get there. We don't deserve to be hidden, unless the rest of the band is willing to take turns playing in the corner. HAHAHAHAHA!
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
We don't deserve to be hidden, unless the rest of the band is willing to take turns playing in the corner. HAHAHAHAHA!
A drummer friend of mine was playing at a bar about an hour from my house. Their new bass player was not 21. The establishment made the poor guy stand outside to play. He was right next to the entry door however, so everybody saw him.
 

Janet Tambour

Junior Member
I figure if I can see the audience then they can see me
Funny story: When I first started playing out I was 18-ish in a power trio. Both the guitar and bass players were older and in the Air Force. We played mostly biker bars. Well I convinced the boys since we were a cover band to let me sing a couple of Journey and Pat Benatar songs. All of the patrons of the bar watched us walking the front door with our gear and then into the back where the stage was, no one said anything to me, and while we were playing no one noticed. I was hidden behind my cymbals which was good since I was a bit scared to be in such a place. So I launch into a Journey ballad and I can sense all of this movement around me. When we get to the solo and I can open my eyes and stop concentrate on singing the entire bar is standing in front of me trying to see if there really is a chick playing drums. Song ends they all go away.
 

Janet Tambour

Junior Member
The main reason for posting this picture was to highlight the huge disparity in lighting. Absolutely zero directed rear stage, but all the toys directed at the front line. At around half the festival / event gigs we perform at, a riser is provided, & getting a fair share of lighting generally goes hand in hand with riser provision. As soon as I see no riser, I'm fairly sure there's no rear stage lighting either.


Disclosure - many of those cases were mine, & room / access wasn't an issue :)
Question: why don't you have some of your own lights? I was in a situation at a bar where the only lighting on the stage was 3 spots, I was in absolute total darkness, since then I'm been looking for some small LED's or something to light me up. Ain't doing that again!
 

RobRoyMcCoy

Active member
When I saw Puscifer in concert they put the drummer out the front in the middle of the stage. It was great to watch, dance like.
 

toddmc

Gold Member
I feel you Andy- this used to be the standard gig setup for me. Hidden (or protected?) behind a wall of amps while the "rock stars" were front and centre.

To be fair I was using a crappy Roland TD-6 at the time and the stages were the size of a postage stamp so it was probably for the best 😁

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cbphoto

Gold Member
I feel you Andy- this used to be the standard gig setup for me. Hidden (or protected?) behind a wall of amps while the "rock stars" were front and centre.

To be fair I was using a crappy Roland TD-6 at the time and the stages were the size of a postage stamp so it was probably for the best 😁

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This looks lousy. What did you use for a monitor?

The photo in Andy’s first post, the positioning of drums & amps is very common. It allows for better mic’ing of the kit, with the sounds from the amps not directed at the kit. But in your case, you might as well be playing next to the keg.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
Just start bringing only a cajon to every gig that you set up only when everyone else is done.

Fixed. ;)
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
Just start bringing only a cajon to every gig that you set up only when everyone else is done.

Fixed. ;)
A friend of mine went from playing a 6-piece kit to a Zendrum EXP and hasn’t regretted it. He says he the last to set up and the first to leave.
 

toddmc

Gold Member
This looks lousy. What did you use for a monitor?

The photo in Andy’s first post, the positioning of drums & amps is very common. It allows for better mic’ing of the kit, with the sounds from the amps not directed at the kit. But in your case, you might as well be playing next to the keg.
Used an old STK powered amp aimed at my head to get some idea of what the mix sounded like.

Might as well have not been on the stage at all sometimes- audience thought we used a drum machine (take it as a compliment I guess)?
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
Used an old STK powered amp aimed at my head to get some idea of what the mix sounded like.

Might as well have not been on the stage at all sometimes- audience thought we used a drum machine (take it as a compliment I guess)?
I guess so. And maybe that’s a great reason to throw down mad chops. “HERE ME CHOP, MFers!!”
 
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