When I started to do live shows I was very much in your situation, but to be honest, I haven’t progressed all that much since then
Still, I have some advice that might help you, at least it always helped me.
- First of all keep it simple. Use as little gear as possible to achieve your goal. Don’t haul all your equipment to the gig. There’s multiple reasons for that, but I’d say the most important is that you need to keep focused while playing and too much stuff will make that harder. Also things will go wrong and less stuff you have to troubleshoot, the better!
- Don’t expect venues to have anything. Bring as much as possible yourself. Also you know your gear, but you don’t know other people’s.
- Dont’ expect venues to have somebody in charge with the tech. Sometimes you are the one in charge with the tech.
- Don’t underestimate monitoring. It might be worth Investing in a small portable monitoring solution, in case the venue doesn’t have one.
- Think about how you want to present yourself on stage. You can dance, jump or sit in a dusty corner and stare at the floor. It’s part of your artistic vision and anything is good as long as it is intentional and has a reasoning behind it.
- This might be debatable, but I find that if I leave too much to the machines things just become backing tracks and I get bored by myself quickly. Try to figure out what your sweet spot regarding this is. What keeps you energized during a performance, what doesn’t?
- Some people thrive on not having a safety net, it makes the performance more exciting and can be a big boost. Others get crippled by the fear to just mess it all up and end up with nothing to fall back to. Figure out where you stand in regards to that and adjust accordingly. I’d argue though that pushing your self a bit beyond what you think your limits are is always good for creativity.
- Develop some sort of system, something that will let you perform more freely and not deal too much with managing things.
- and of course, rehears, practice, and rehears and practice some more.