This is “Death Reminds”…

… One of the young talented bands I’m mentoring

Today we – that means the “Tour Project 2011” (a.k.a. “The Formerly Unknowns”)  – presented one band  at a public  rehearsal at the “House Of Music”, an event what is taking place in my hometown every year in the early spring. Several music schools, particularly their teachers are making presentations about their work. Youn musicians contact each other to jam, have fun and find themselves to musical projects or bands and so on . OK back to the band. They showed what’s up when a band is making a sound check and then making their show on stage what means the co-operation between the musicians and the light and sound technician. The musicians made a great job but – and that was sad – the sound technician who is in the project had no time to be there. So we had some support ba another technician who told them what they have to do so that he can produce a good FOH-mix (for the audience). I for one came when the sound check has been done – and could “relish” a very bad sound. I was really positively surprised that the band made a very good job. After the presentation they told me they couldn’t hear each other. The result was that I felt they made their job without hearing the guitars and the bass. The only thing they heard on stage was the vocals and the drums. Remember they had to screw down their amplifiers (both guitars and the bass). The FOH sound was the same: the audience couldn’t hear any guitars and only some little booms of the bass. The drum kit was too loud and the singers could be heard a little bit. After I made some shots I grabbed a pen and some paper to make some notes so that no one of our band will have the same experience again.

I think I have to make a lot of preparations for the next stage rehearsal that will start in 3 weeks: tell the bands what they hve to do  growing  in their confidence so that they tell the technicians that is is their job that they (the bands)  feel good on stage to make a good show. If the sound on stage isn’t ok the music will suffer… Some e-mails will go around now and next week there’s some other work in the rehearsal rooms – without instruments…

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