Same here. I need that pre-gig warm up time to get my hands & mind right so I can give the best performance I can. Neil Peart once said, "You don't become a professional player without learning to play professionally." It's something I live by at shows I'm hired for.I normally do my warm-up exercises. I'm not much for socializing with anyone, so I don't have any exciting or fun stories to share.
I've had WAY too many "altered state" people try to engage me at shows. Either they want to give me their life story from DNA up until that evening, or they want to hop on the kit & show me what they used to do "back in the day".I don't actively seek social situations...
I am not into small talk with people who are in "altered states", so I avoid that as much as possible at clubs
I've had WAY too many "altered state" people try to engage me at shows. Either they want to give me their life story from DNA up until that evening, or they want to hop on the kit & show me what they used to do "back in the day".
I have 0 tolerance for that & try my best to just be hidden away. As a hired gun, I let the lead vocal or guitarist do the networking.
Oh, you have no idea. Just last month in a small town, outside show at a cafe, I had a guy ask if he could sit behind it. I politely declined & he went & did it anyway.I hear a lot of you guys talking about people wanting to actually play your kits when they are set up at gigs...like a rando from the crowd
I don't think that has ever happened to me, on drums or bass. I can't believe that people would have the nerve to do that
Oh, you have no idea. Just last month in a small town, outside show at a cafe, I had a guy ask if he could sit behind it. I politely declined & he went & did it anyway.
When I told him, "Sir...no meant no! Could to please leave?" he didn't understand why I would be upset. Then he proceeded to tell me how much money he made playing music "in his day" and how "youngsters like me don't know the struggle!!"
I'm 52, so I took the youngster comment as a compliment.
They do. Not super often but it happens. This year, had a "kid" walk up on stage, sit down at my kit and grab sticks just after we finished for the night. No asking, no coversation, nothing. I caught him in time and delivered a pretty firm "NO WAY". Last year, when setting up & sound checking had a drunken bar heckler who wouldn't shut up about giving me $20, then $40, then $100 to sit down and play drums. People get inspired (a good thing), but overly so I guess and wrong place & time.I don't think that has ever happened to me, on drums or bass. I can't believe that people would have the nerve to do that
Now, see...this I'd be ok with because clearly he wasn't about to go all Buddy Rich on your drums. He just wanted to relive his youth for a moment. I' sure when I'm close to 80, I'll be doing somewhat the same thing too.I did actually have a resident at an old folks home ask if he could see my old Luddy's.. Said it brought back memories of his youth playing .I actually asked him if he wanted to play or a second. He was surprised, but got back there and had a little fun..
the manager called us later on to say that it was all he talked about for the next week
I had one lady ask me after a gig if I would show her my "stick".On the flip side here's a fun fan thing I do that always feels GOOD. I keep all my well-worn sticks that I've retired from play/practice. Always have a pair or two in my stick bag at gigs. I give these away to kids or other deserving interested party while we're setting up, sound-checking or between sets. It always goes over really well with the kids and their parents.