I am looking for advice: some friends have asked if I would play a show with them. I’m curious about what are some common pitfalls for musicians beginning to play live?
My background is not in music, I came to synthesizers through building electronics. I’ve picked up an appreciation for performance and theory along the way. In the past I’d be too scared or insecure to play a show live but I’ve felt my skills have progressed far enough that I want to prepare myself to do something like this.
My technical performance skills are not great. My plan is to teach myself some rudimentary keyboard over the winter, and continuing to study music theory. I am very interested to learn some pointers, or if you know of common mistakes I should try to avoid?
The practicalities of gigging elude me too. How do you arrange logistics of hauling gear? How do you not look like a fool in front of the sound board person? What are your best techniques to keep a modular set interesting? Advice on simple, reliable mixing gear or DI boxes?
My setup is changing to keep the possibility of playing live in mind. I have a 54hp eurorack case (teletype, and just friends being the main concept), Lorre Mill synths, Fates, Softpop, Volca FM, and Axoloti. The idea being to only bring enough gear to sound interesting but also fit in a duffle bag.
My experience with this is very limited, so even pointing out obvious things would be very helpful. Thanks!!