On Music Gigs and Shows: Preparing for a Band Performance

playing for a concert gig

Contrary to the idea that doing live music gigs and shows are easy as pie, it’s actually not. There’s a lot of things you have to do to make sure you won’t embarrass yourself in front of your audience. Unfortunately many musical performers, bands or singers, do not really know how to prepare for their show. This especially applies to those who are quite new in the industry.

For many of them, they opt to go for spontaneity. They skip practice because, again, they want to be spontaneous. True, there are some performers who can get away with this; but there also those whose zero-preparation quality shows clearly during the day of the gig.

As much as possible, we aim to entertain the audience and not just leave them waiting in dead air while we take an hour fixing our instruments, microphones, etc. on stage. That said, preparation is essential. Here are some of the effective preparations you should do before your performance.

Preparing for a Show

  • Make a list of what you need.

Before the actual day of your show or concert, make a list of everything you need to secure. Remember, you aim to proceed with your performance as smoothly as possible. You can never go wrong with a checklist.

Having a list means being able to secure and use the correct wires, necessary instruments and other important show equipment. Instead of getting everything you need all mixed up, you’ll simply be able to check your list and see if you have each one of them.

  • Do a sound check.

Especially if you are new to the place, please make sure your band does a sound check. Even installing your own home theater requires sound check and that’s just in a venue which is a home to you. Although many bands skip this process, it’s actually very important. Although these bands still get away with it, there will come a time when they will wish they did otherwise. What makes this step important is the fact that this process is what will allow you to do the necessary adjustments before the actual show. That means, on the day of your gig, you are more confident since you, yourself, know that your equipment are working perfectly.

sound check in venue

  • Do practice.

Although practice does not really guarantee perfection, it’s still a big help. Practicing will help your skills become automatic, in a sense. Practicing also prepares your mind and body for what’s about to take over. Never skip practice if you aim to improve. During practice, you’ll be able to determine your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Prepare backup.

Whether for your amplifiers or your guitars or your band mates, it is necessary to have a backup. The fact is that you never really know what might happen on the day of your show. Your guitar strings might give out, or perhaps, your drummer has stomach problems. Accidents, health issues, and other external factors are inevitable; hence, it’s better to be prepared.

Bottom Line

In some situations, being spontaneous is not a problem. In fact, spontaneity may even be upheld. However, when it comes to performing in front of a live audience, spontaneity might just lead you to a disaster. Almost always, it is much better to be prepared. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.