joined:June 3, 2007
Real musicians who work their way through endless gigs in pubs and clubs have more staying power.
Whilst I'm not a fan of all this sameness garbage I believe Matt has done his fair stint of pubs and clubs over the last 10 years or so.
Bring back the 60s when real talent was everywhere.
The thing is that there is real young talent out there, the problem, believe it or not in this day and age, is getting people to listen to it and, more importantly, to pay and go and see these kids play live.
I put on some 100+ live gigs a year, yep every weekend on a Friday and Saturday night and on Bank Holiday weekends the Sunday and Monday too...and we have to provide this all for FREE even though the bands are paid! Yep, booze profits pay the bill.
What do we expect from a gig? Two sets of 2.5-3 hours of live music, no backing tracks allowed...period. Most of the older (30+) rock covers bands can do this with no problem, we even have one teen band and an early 20s who can do this with no problem however the remainder of the bands who apply to play can rarely muster 1 hour.
Usually they are the one who refuse to do covers and they wonder why people do not go and see them. Last Friday night we had a 23 year old acoustic singer guitarist for the usual session playing along with his dad on bass, 60...honestly apart from one Van Morrison song I was not sure which were his and which were covers they were that good and people stayed, listened and watched.
The problem with many of the younger bands is TV and school have both told them they can have their 5 minutes of fame without an apprenticeship. For sure there have been the odd lucky ones but their educators have misled them into believing they can achieve everything by the time they are 20.
Honestly I feel very sorry for many of them, there are very few venues where they can appear, generally it is the pub, maybe the village hall or the 2,000 regional purpose-built for big names-only, expensive ticket gig.
Long gone are the days of bands doing tours in Thamas Traders driving 30-40-50 miles to their next night's gig in the same county, quite simply the operating costs are against it.
The only way to get to see different, quality stuff is to arrange mini tours for a band...you'd be surprised how many bands are quite prepared to work for USD 2,000.00 for a week's regional tour so long as they know their accommodation and sound is sorted!
</oops, sorry, went a bit off topic there!>