Performance adaptability helps you play more music, earn more money, and build your audience
I have a lot of friends in Austin this week for SXSW, which means my Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of live concert photos. And one thing I noticed: in a lot of these shots, the bands are playing in some kind of altered or stripped-down configuration.
A synthpop band is on stage without their drummer. A guitar-driven rock band has gone acoustic. The sprawling indie folk ensemble has decided to put down their accordions, cellos, trumpets, and banjos in order to back up the lead singer as a kind of drunken choir.
This approach makes sense for SXSW where it’s tough enough to navigate through the crowds WITHOUT having to haul a bunch of heavy gear. When you sonically strip away some layers, you become more nimble (logistically speaking). You can play your set, break down, and quickly get to the next place you need to be.
Plus, if you, like some bands I know, are playing nine times throughout the event, changing up your instrumentation is one way to make each showcase feel special (for you and audiences).
But there’s a few good reasons why you might want to adopt a similar approach when you’re back home and playing local shows again too. Read more »