February 26, 2021
It would be awesome if every show was exactly the same, with the exact same crowd, the exact same backline, the exact same setlist, the exact same…
Actually, no it wouldn’t. Live music would be pretty boring if it were always exactly the same. Luckily it turns out it’s not, and unless you’ve got a weekly gig at the same venue every week, you’ll find yourself in a variety of different venues with a wildly different set up, room, and audience from night to night.
So being flexible and able to fit each new venue is one of the best ways to ensure continued success and a great live experience every time. Since many bands don’t do well with this, it’s also a great opportunity to stand out.
There’s more than one way to skin a drum. There are also many factors to consider when playing a live show, all of which are an opportunity to make subtle (or huge) adjustments. Some top considerations include:
At the end of the day, the better you can flex to the situation you’re in – while somehow magically keeping what’s unique about you – the more success you’ll have. To that end, it pays to know as much as you can ahead of time and rehearse for particular scenarios. Still, no matter how much planning you do, you never know exactly what you’ll run into, so it’s also crucial to read the situation and be willing to adjust or even abandon a plan.
And of course – remember when NOT to adjust as well – sometimes going against the grain just a bit is exactly what you need to get people’s attention.Good luck, and have a great next show!
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Mixing is an interesting art. If a mix is coming together, you’ll want to jam out. And since you’re hoping people will listen loud, new mixers are often tempting to mix at high volumes. It turns out, however, that mixing at high volumes is the last thing you should do. In fact, professionals across the board use the “conversation” method of setting a listening volume for mixdown: mix at a level where you can comfortably have a conversation over the music.
Here are the top five reasons why you should mix at low volumes.
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