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  • Anything New Going On With Anyone?

    IT's SLOW aRound here man!......

    Anyway, My drummer from my corporate band isn't into the Bon Jovi material so he stepped out of that tribute but we got another drummer who is and that's ongoing. Got 10 tunes worked up with tracks etc. Also, we're working on the first 10 tunes for our U2 Tribute and the first rehearsal will be in couple of weeks. It's going to take the time it's going to take to get these 2 bands operational. I estimate by the end of the summer we'll have everything in place, the show down, videos, websites, EPK's etc and start booking.

    My Corporate Wedding band has worked A LOT since the beginning of May and I did a quite a few weekends out of town and lots of van miles. Made good money though...We've got a Casino in W. Memphis Arkansas this weekend, and weddings on the 11th and 13th. The bandleader and guitarist is leaving for a European Tour with Alan Parsons so he'll miss the 13th wedding and will return to the band the end of August. We've got subs for all the gigs.

    On the original front..ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAS GOTTEN RECORDED, FINISHED or even worked on since last year. My partner is busy making $$ and trying to build these bands with me and there simply has not been any time to work on Originals which is a big bummer because THAT'S why I moved here to Nashville. After these first 2 tributes are up and running we'll shift focus for a few months and work on getting the original material finished to pitch while doing the initial work on the next tribute....

    So that's me....What about you?

  • #2
    Not that much to report.

    This year has been a bit slower than the last couple. I'm attributing it to the fact that our video demo is at least a couple years out of date (largely because that's the only thing I could attribute to that I have any real control over). Various issues have kept us from having it done already (procrastination being among them, of course...) but it will get done over this summer one way or another. It has to.

    One of the reasons it's been held up is the "what to do with the lead singer" issue. If you remember, I posted awhile back about Tiffany losing her voice, and eventually it got to the point where she turned in her resignation. But many auditions later and we haven't found a suitable replacement and she doesn't really want to leave the band anyway. And the gigs have all been going just fine with her singing what she can as well as she can and Sarah singing the rest, so it seems we'll probably just keep going the way we're going until something/someone better comes along. But we're keeping an eye open and also considering adding a third (male) singer to the lineup if the right one comes along as well.

    And that's not a real reason to not do a new video anyway. The main reasons to do one are to show we actually have a 2-singer frontline, and to have some current material in the video. Which 2 girls are in the video is pretty much irrelevant from a booking-the-band standpoint.

    Updated the light show which has been a plus. Replaced the trees with trusses and added some new fixtures and new software/controller system. Decided against tracking the show because it would be really hard to do and maintain the same flow and energy to the performances. We stop and restart songs mid-stream several times during the course of a night for various effect and being tracked would make that pretty hard to do. But I created various scenes for each song and switch between them with a foot controller. I've still got to get a bit more fluid with the whole process, but I'm getting the effect I want from it. Debating whether to add movers to the show. They certainly would help to create a nice look, but I don't think that having them would get us any more gigs/$$ or generate more positive after-gig reviews from clients, so they might not really be necessary. Probably putting them off until next year at the very least.

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    • #3
      Music has pretty much been on auto-pilot for me lately. Still have two projects going - and still knocking out 2-3 gigs a month ... with the normal summer "bump up" to 4-5 gigs per month. Both bands are actively learning new material and are essentially drama free. At the moment the "Satisfaction/Effort" ratio is in a good place - so I have no complaints.

      So ... with my musical stuff cruising smooth for the time being - I've diverted my attentions to riding my bicycle. Between March 15th (the first day the roads were clear of ice and snow around here) and today - I've managed to pedal 2,170 miles. Today's ride got me to a total of 815 miles for the month of June alone.

      Life is good! ;-)
      The SpaceNorman

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      Keyboard Rack: Samson SM10 Line Mixer, Motu MIDIExpressXT MIDI Interface, Shure PSM200 IEM system, M-Audio Wireless MIDI, Live Wires IEM ear buds, iPad wOnSong.
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      • #4
        My band played a party a couple weekends ago. Played for 6 hours. Our next gig is on the 17th and 20th. I DJ'd a wedding this weekend, have another one on the 26th. It's crazy how much DJ'ing pays compared to my band. Picked up something called a Chauvet Nimbus, a dry ice "dancing on clouds" kinda thing.
         
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        • #5
          How much DOES DJing pay compared to your band?
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          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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          • #6
            When my band plays,y cut is between $400 - $600. When I DJ, I start at $900, and usually end up at $1200 - $1300 for my services. I try to sell the band as its a helluva lot more fun.
            NO SIGNATURE FOR YOU!!

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            • #7
              What's new? My keyboardist resigned and I found a new one all in the span of a week. Fortuitous timing, and ultimately might be for the best. Wades, I took the guy with the experience this time. But I avoided the guy who told me he had a $20 an hour rate. Looks like some doors to some new venues might be opening. Busy learning a lot of new material over the summer to unveil a substantially revamped set list in the fall. Looking at adding some new lighting.

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              • #8

                Originally posted by StratGuy22 View Post
                When my band plays,y cut is between $400 - $600. When I DJ, I start at $900, and usually end up at $1200 - $1300 for my services. I try to sell the band as its a helluva lot more fun.
                I think it's a helluva lot more fun for the client too. I asked because I don't really know what good DJs get. I know we charge $3500 to $5000 for a wedding. I figure a good DJ is charging around $1500-$2000. Asking them to put out $2-3K more is, on one hand, a lot of dough. On the other hand though---not that much for a wedding that's already costing them over $50K.

                It's just about selling it as an 'extra' that they can't do without.
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                band websites:
                http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by StratGuy22 View Post
                  My band played a party a couple weekends ago. Played for 6 hours. Our next gig is on the 17th and 20th. I DJ'd a wedding this weekend, have another one on the 26th. It's crazy how much DJ'ing pays compared to my band. Picked up something called a Chauvet Nimbus, a dry ice "dancing on clouds" kinda thing.
                  But to DJ a wedding is much more work, it's not 4 sets and 4 hours, more like 10 hour day if you start social hour tunes at 5 etc, start dance at 8 get over at 12 (depends) plus you get to MC, babysit all the brats and convince them that "no those bars are for lights, not a jungle jim little guy" lol, Would like to see video of your nimbus though. What raw materials do you need to run it? (too lazy to go look sorry).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nchangin View Post

                    But to DJ a wedding is much more work, it's not 4 sets and 4 hours, more like 10 hour day if you start social hour tunes at 5 etc, start dance at 8 get over at 12 (depends) plus you get to MC, babysit all the brats and convince them that "no those bars are for lights, not a jungle jim little guy"
                    A band puts in the same long day most times.
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                    http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                    https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                    https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                    http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

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                    • #11
                      I have my first gig on Thursday... as a bass player? I'm by no means a bassist, but I can play a little bass, and a friend's band is doing a six-song set at a local open jam. Since the bass player can't make it, she asked if I wanted to do it. These are by no means hard songs to play:

                      Radiohead - "Creep"

                      The Romantics - "What I Like About You"

                      Hole - "Celebrity Skin"

                      The Cranberries - "Zombie"

                      Joan Jett - "I Love Rock and Roll"

                      Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "Paris"

                      ... but I'm stoked for the experience and fun of doing it! So I guess THAT'S new.
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                      • #12
                        We're on hiatus until further notice and it's KILLING ME! I'm really itching to play. In the meantime, I bought a new guitar and I'm starting to really focus on a new project, which will be all 50's / Early 60's rock. Lots of Elvis, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, etc. People down here eat that up. Thy love to jitterbug down here and that music is perfect for it. I'm probably going to take a couple 1-hour gigs doing the 50's stuff just to get out and play.
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                        • #13
                          For some reason I can't upload pictures. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I get an "I'm not authorized" message. Oh well...
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                          • #14
                            I recently joined a Beatles tribute in addition to my main 80s-new wave cover band. It's a band that prides itself on nailing the arrangements, and I'm a sort of utility infielder for that band, so I end up doing lots of hand percussion, the occasional third guitar part, and harmony vocals. It's fun, but it's been a challenge to get up to speed on a huge chunk of the Beatles oeuvre in a fairly short amount of time, while adapting to new band dynamics. I thought I was fairly conversant with the Beatles' body of work, but I now realize that I never really payed that much attention to the maraca and tambourine parts. On the other hand, I'm hearing the Beatles' songs from a fresh perspective after many years.
                            My band: www.dec8de.com

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by guido61 View Post
                              I think it's a helluva lot more fun for the client too. I asked because I don't really know what good DJs get. I know we charge $3500 to $5000 for a wedding. I figure a good DJ is charging around $1500-$2000. Asking them to put out $2-3K more is, on one hand, a lot of dough. On the other hand though---not that much for a wedding that's already costing them over $50K. It's just about selling it as an 'extra' that they can't do without.
                              As a band we aren't crazy expensive. $1600, and $2600 for big parties. Everyone gets $300 or $500 each and I get an extra $100, so $400 or $600 for providing the PA & Lights. That nimbus link I posted was video I took for the party. Here's the band setup:
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