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Offline bianchijustin

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"Current Financial Situation" affected your gigs?
« on: January 30, 2009, 03:56:14 PM »
Hey guys, i live in a town that is supported (kept afloat) by the surrounding mines. Since i moved here almost 6 years ago the gigs have been great and constant. Miners like to drink and publicans will pay whatever to keep them happy. So fast forward to 2009 and most of my gigs have dropped off. There are only 3 gigging bass players in town and i have always had my choice of who to play with.  But now we have 3 guitar/drum duos that have started taking gigs everywhere and undercutting the bands. The publicans love it because the crowds dont care but im left at home most weekends! Just neede to vent a bit but is this happening anywhere else around the world?

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009, 04:31:20 PM »
I feel for you Justin
it's a hard situation to be in.
you either get drawn into a price war ( this is what the Publicans realy want!)
or tough it out with a better product!
hopefuly these duos will get over exposed then the work will come back!
we had that around the trapps here for a while, now the punters demand quality!
covers or origionals
if they are not happy they walk!
it's a hard climate at the moment, hang in there.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009, 04:33:07 PM »
I have approx. 6-playing gigs booked for 09
That is why I took a gig being a PA/Sound provider, my schedule is full every weekend and I can make some money.

Would much rather be playing but in todays economy cash comes first!

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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009, 05:06:35 PM »
Thats a great idea vinny. I have sound engineer as a backup but i get the itch about 3 songs in!!

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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009, 05:16:40 AM »
We got things like that going on germany too.
As a big band with 25 people it is something
different for sure. But so many Duos playing
around here. Mostly with keyboard and guitar.
Or the worst only a keyboard. Disk in, music
start. Set up a CD player would be the same.



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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009, 06:45:15 AM »
Florida's seeing much of the same thing. We are very lucky to have the bars left who will pay a whole band. We still manage to play a couple of gigs a week, but there was a time when playing part-time was a choice.....now it would be next to impossible to play 5 nights even if you wanted to.
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009, 07:39:40 PM »
Same here in Antigonish.  Mp3 players replacing musicians.  sad to see a bar bouncing to an iPod.  I guess they save money for not hiring a band, but where is all the soul?  I had a weekly gig in town and saw it get squashed one night to, get this, Dance Mix '94... bumping in the adjacent bar... and EVERYONE was there... now... there is NEVER a need for a bar bumpin Dance Mix '94 to be packed over a bar with 3 live (original) bands.  We usually start with an acoustic act, then move to a rock act to a dance/prog band (or something like that).  It costs the same to get in to either bar, we take door, but the drinks are cheaper at the bar where I play.  I just don't understand what people are doing to their brains.... dance mix '94...

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009, 08:37:51 PM »
Nothing has really changed in Sydney. You've always had to sell your soul to the Devil, buy it back, then sell it to him again to get a gig here.
The economy probably has had some effect with all the clubs and hotels having their balls squeezed in a vice over the past few years with poker machine taxes, alcohol taxes and more bloody taxes upon taxes upon taxes.
There was once a time that owning a pub in Sydney was like having a license to print money, but these days you wouldn't wish owning a pub on your worst enemy.
So the knock on effect for bands and the like is that most will give you gigs, but very few are willing to reach into their pockets to pay you. They want to bands to run everything from scratch.......pay for your own advertising, pay for the PA, pay for your own drinks meals, pay your door bi*ch, then if you're lucky you might get a few bucks at the end of it all.
Most of our gigs here in Sydney are a gamble on making money or copping a deficit so you have to choose your gigs wisely depending on how many punters you are likley to attract to a certain venue. The trend in the last few years has been to stack bills with 5 or more bands playing shorter sets in the hope that more bands will = more people turning up. In the past you'd quite comfortably run with just 2 or 3 bands on a bill.

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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2009, 08:09:13 AM »
Since I live not too far north of Fatback, I'm in pretty much the same boat.  My band's a weekend warrior band, but have been feeling the pinch for a while.  Only a few gigs over the entire holiday season.  We're fortunate that a local bar/restaurant has hired us for almost every weekend in March (one nighters), but most of our regular venues have either stopped hiring or are paying too little for the 4 of us to get together.  

Of course, if we were a pop cover band, we'd probably get more work, especially with bike week coming up, but being a blues band that plays more Slim Harpo and Hubert Sumlin than Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray, we don't get the calls from the venues looking for mainstream cover bands.



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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009, 09:59:01 AM »
We had a great December, but the bottom fell out after the first of the year. Everyone here is waiting for warm weather to open the patios and sell more refreshments
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 12:01:08 PM »
Looks like I picked a good time to take a break. When things get tight the club owners like to treat the bands like total crap; I think it meets a psychological need for them when they're feeling out of control. At least that's what they do here.

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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2009, 09:04:17 AM »
It's always about control.  We have one club here that most of the bands boycott because you have to stalk the owner to get paid and he refuses to pay up front (before he conveniently leaves for the night with the band's check during the first set).  The clubs that legitimately have cash flow issues and are up-front about it will get us for any reasonable price, but the game-players get bupkes.  I have seen a number of bands getting gigs by taking the guitar and front person and doing duets, saving the band for larger (better paying) gigs.



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