How many of you are still gigging, or have you ever performed live?

How many of you are still gigging, or have you ever performed live?
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A lot of the articles that I have read on this site seem to relate to recording, as you’d expect on the “indie recording depot.”

If you do still perform live do you perform covers, originals, or a mixture of both? Does your audience appreciate originals or do they tend to switch off at that point?

Have some of you never performed live and just kept to recording?

There are no right or wrong reples here… the responses will help me to get to know you all a bit better :grin:


I play live rarely, I don’t much like it to be honest, I get way too nervous leading up to it. It’s always gone fine though and once it’s over I realize it was actually kinda fun. I’m still in a band but we are kinda on a break right now. We play mostly originals but we sprinkle in a cover now and then. We play them so different from the originals that they might as well be originals though. I don’t see the point in cover bands, or playing a cover and trying to make it sound like the original. There’s nothing creative about that.


We simply play covers to appease an audience. Yes I agree with you, to try and emulate somebody else by playing note for note is pointless, unless you set yourself up as a tribute band! We do them our way! Once I’ve qualified to have recordings bashed I’ll pop our version of Brown Eyed Girl for you to listen to… It’s not like Van the Man’s!


I look forward to hearing it!


Started as a band in 71 and still play benefits once in a while. The young ones never heard of takin care of business tho. haha



I played my last gig in “92”. I began playing and doing shows in “74”, toured from 77-82. I have kept playing and jamming all my life. Although in the eighties I began recording bands live and in practice spaces eventually building a flight pack that I flew all over the nation recording and mixing my heart out. In the nineties I took over a space in Northglenn Colorado called Avalanche recording. I sold the place in 99 facing the ADAT revolution. (We had sold the JH24 2" machine). And I became tired of trying to squeeze money out of great artists that could not afford a hamburger. I reserected and revised the flight pack and have been recording remotely and in select studios since. I have a studio that I work at regularly in south Florida, as well as my own project space. Keep on keepin’ on for the love of music❣️


I play gigs as often as i can. it usually is about 2 times a year but i have just started a new band and i hope that we will increase that. I am into originals for the most part. I was in a band that did some covers in 97 but i can’t remember doing one since then.


I’ve done several types of live gigging…I’d probably break it down like this:

Solo piano (Wedding ceremonies, lounge/restaurants)
Live band secular stuff (Bars, nightclubs, cruise ships, casinos, private parties)
Religious stuff (church choirs, church bands, youth camps, retreats)
Artist gigs (playing for major touring band, or with name artist)

…I’ve done music theater stuff in the past, and sideman gigs for comedians, circuses, celebrity impersonators and improv comedy, but I don’t do that anymore.