Live sound from different perspectives

Starting point:

Before starting this course I had little experience with live performance. I had performed at a couple of public events although have never performed in front of a crowd of more then 50 people. however having performed live in the gave me the opportunity to mic up a drum kit which then helped me during the first year of the course. It helped me to learn set up an amp for an electric guitar, thus allowing me to use my recording time efficiently when in the studio, instead of messing around with the amp and wasting time. Another thing performing live helped me to realise is that it is good to take risks and that sometimes not everything goes to plan and you must improvise. I took this into the first year and applied all of these aspects into my work. Going into this year I feel much more confident and able to do things that I would not of been able to do when I began the course. The first year has helped me to develop my skills within logic and further to expand my knowledge on music as a whole. I had no knowledge on logic or producing music in general before starting the project. I am still expanding my knowledge within logic and developing my skills throughout the course of the year. This year we are working on mixing which allows me to keep up to date with what I have learned from he previous year and keep developing.

Musicians (Advantages & Disadvantages)

Windermere (2016) explains that professional musicians who have recorded nationally successful music or who play with famous bands on the road enjoy a high degree of fame and popularity. However the obvious downside to this visibility and popularity is a complete lack of any real privacy. Furthermore the music business can be an industry of extremes regarding income. Those who reach star status can earn millions doing what they love. The problem is a lot of people will only stay around for the money and not for friendship. Also money can easily consume a person and too much of it can leave the person overwhelmed.

How does this relate to me?

Upon starting the course I aspired to become a musician. This is still and always will be a dream of mine but it is good to know the problems that can be faced just as much as it is to know the benefits of the job. Also a lot of musicians end up chasing another career path, such as a Tour Manager. David Norman a veteran Tour manager for example started out as a musician. However he has now had the chance to work with the likes of Green Day, John Legend and Prince.

Music Producer (Advantages Disadvantages)

Miller (2015) states that Music producers are critical elements in the process of recording music. A producer can take on a number of responsibilities that include overseeing songwriting, arranging and sound engineering with the ultimate aim of helping musicians achieve their vision.

There are many advantages of being a Music Producer. You are in control of your hours and your creative output. However controlling your income also means you only get paid for the hours you work. The work can also be inconsistent, which also means your cash flow might be as well.You are not specifically working for someone, you’re more or less working for yourself and motivated purely by your own goals, ambitions and upon success you feel more rewarded than if the work you’ve created was for someone else. Miller (2015) explains the music industry has its perks and that If you love music, then you are going to love being in a studio surrounded by the equipment and the potentialYou also may receive free music, invitations to live gigs or preview shows, exclusive album release parties and even awards shows like the Grammy’s. Overall Even with the musical “ear” and talent to succeed, it is not an easy road, and it will likely be a financial struggle for the first few years at least.

How does this relate to me?

Due to the year 1 FMP I quickly realised instead of working on someone else’s project I want to take what I have learnt and put it into my own work. Becoming Music producer would open up new avenues and allow me to conduct creative projects of my own and inspire and help others to fulfil their dreams and aspirations. However reading about what it takes to make it big has made me realise I would need to become more efficient and organised in my upcoming projects, work according to a plan and furthermore, to schedule everything before the commencement of my project.

Music Promoter (Advantages Disadvantages)

Plotr (2016) tells us that If you’re a music-lover, this could be your dream job – you’ll get to put on concerts, choose the best bands around and enjoy the unique atmosphere of live music. You’ll get the chance to nurture bands that you enjoy and maybe help them achieve success  when they’ll hopefully remember the promoter who gave them their first gig. Music promoters can work odd and antisocial hours, staying up late at night and then having to be up early for a meeting. It might be a fun job, but it’s not relaxing. If something goes wrong with a gig then everyone, from venue owner to band manager, will look to you. Along with the power to plan gigs comes the responsibility of making sure they’re a success. Music promoters tend to have their own workplace (e.g An office) but often have to travel to see performances and attend meetings. Some Promoters have only one venue to focus on whereas others have multiple to care for.

Stage manager (Advantages & Disadvantages)

Plotr (2016) states that to when you’re a stage manager you’ll be playing a crucial part in the creation of something that will hopefully entertain and inform people, however this will put you under a lot of pressure. You’ll become part of a tight-knit community of performers and production people. this will be a good way of getting to know people and creating relationships with others. But be careful whom you trust! You may be working for very long hours and will probably not get the pay you would have hoped for. Theres no guarantee you will be paid much at all. You will have a strong knowledge of the technical requirements of show sets – that means lighting, sound and the build of the set. and will have to be able to cope with things going wrong unexpectedly, such as a performer calling in sick at the last minute.

 

Research on a backline inventory:

Today I am going to research how to present a inventory for a backline at an event. I am doing this research as I am organising the backline for the Neutral Grounds Records event at the end of December. Before doing this research, I didn’t know what a back line involves. But after a meeting with my tutor, I have more of an understanding of the technical side of things and the role as a whole.

BacklinePlus(2016), shows an example of a backline and the layout.

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What is the backline?

Heather Mcdonald(2016) explains the role of the backline. The backline is a term used to describe audio amplification equipment for bands behind the stage, such as amplifiers for guitars or synthesizers. Some bands and venues have expanded the meaning of backline to include other instruments for musicians, including bass guitars, keyboards, drum kits and other percussion instruments. It is used to discuss the needs of a band for an upcoming performance.

Backline technicians are responsible for setting up, maintaining and fixing backline equipment.

 Technicians that travel with the band from place to place are known as roadies, and keep all equipment running smoothly wherever the band is playing.

Backline and Booking Gigs

When a gig is booked, sometime before the concert, the agent, manager, or band should check with the promoter, venue, or club to discuss the backline needs of the band; the promoter will need to know what the band is bringing with them in terms of instruments, mics and amps, and what the promoter will need to provide. The promoter will also need to know the technical specifications for the band.

Exactly whose job is it to provide backline really depends on how the show was booked and what size the show is. If a band has booked a show directly with a venue that they are promoting themselves, then the band needs to figure out what the venue can provide for them and make arrangements for everything else themselves. If a band books a show with a promoter, the promoter generally will make sure the backline is in place, although if the promoter has to rent equipment for the show, they will usually charge these costs back to the band.

 If an agent has booked the show with a promoter, then the agent and promoter should handle the backline negotiations.

 

Bibliography.

Captured Live. (2016). Captured Live Backline Inventory. Available: http://www.captured-live.com/site/assets/files/1079/cl_backline_stock.pdf. Last accessed 5th Oct 2016.

Heather McDonald. (2016). What is a music promoter? . Available: https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-a-music-promoter-2460747. Last accessed 27th Sept 2016.

Miller, R. (2015). Advantages & Disadvantages of Being a Music Producer. Available: http://www.ehow.co.uk/info_8515277_advantages-disadvantages-being-music-producer.html. Last accessed 20th Sep 2016.

Plotr. (2016). How to become a Music Promoter. Available: http://www.neilstoolbox.com/bibliography-creator/reference-website.htm#. Last accessed 20th Sep 2016.

Plotr. (2016). How To Become A Stage Manager. Available: https://www.plotr.co.uk/careers/stage-manager/compatibility/. Last accessed 10th Oct 2016.

Windermere, A. (2016). What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Being a Professional Musician?. Available: http://work.chron.com/advantages-disadvantages-being-professional-musician-7940.html. Last accessed 20th Sep 2016.

 

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