Every artist dreams about the much anticipated moment to play in front of an audience. The excitement of new and fresh venues bring jubilation, the thought of being in an unfamiliar space could bring hesitation, check out these tips from Minibar Kickdrum on how to make your space a little bit more homey.
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For instance, CD Baby artists King Salamander — yes, I think it’s a Doors reference — have built their own unique instruments so they can bring their musical party anywhere they go.
King Salamander’s sound is a blend of hardscrabble rock and sophisticated big band music, and their instruments are designed to create a kind of speakeasy atmosphere from the stage, including cigar box guitars, and a piano and a drum set that open into mini bars.
What’s your solution?
Now I’m not saying you need to head down to the garage with a soldering gun and convert your guitar amp into a spaceship or anything, but maybe it’s time to put some thought into how you can convert any stage or performance space into friendly turf.
For some artists it’s as simple as tying a bandanna to their mic stand when they step on stage.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings usually perform in front of a table with a tiny mysterious filing cabinet on top.
One of my friends covered her 88-weighted keyboard in fuzzy golden wallpaper.
Those are some of the minimalist solutions. Light touches.
But you can certainly try a heavier approach if it’s manageable: mini-bars, smoke machines, multiple projection screens behind the band, a cardboard computer mainframe costume that the singer hides inside (yes, I have a friend who does that too).
The point is, you know what makes you most comfortable and most nervous on stage. Try to find a way to bring that comfort with you wherever you perform.”
So next time don’t let your nerves get the best of you and try some of these tips!