How do you prepare for a gig? Well some musicians have a carefully planned routine in order to try to create a certain sense of control in an environment where control doesn’t really exist.
Some musicians might refuse to go onstage if they don’t get the equipment they want, some might have a team, sidekick or manager helping them out with whatever they need.
So what do you do if you get offered a last-minute gig and you have neither a band or any of the equipment you need.
Do you bail out and say sorryyyy, my manager isn’t here, my amp isn’t here, there is no effects loop in the shitty amp in the venue, the gig hasn’t been promoted, my guitar has to be set up, I don’t have cables, ahhh…I don’t have a backing band, hang on I don’t even have a cable so I can use my backing tracks, oh hang on…I don’t even have a metronome on the backing tracks, because guess what they are actually rehearsal tracks!
Well…what do you do?
You go ahead and do the gig 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛
I mean why not? I have to admit that I almost cancelled when I understood how “epic” my guitar would sound like, but…hey…whatever! You get offered a gig, you go ahead and do it \m/
Thanks a lot to Anna, for everything, the gig, the help and her company \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/\m/
How was my gig day? Well here we go!
I started off the day in the best possible way, by jogging in Central Park \m/
Check out the awesome view from the apartment! You can check out Tom’s books here (Tom is the owner of the apartment, a family friend I’ve never met):
After my jog, it was food time, and try-out-acoustic-strings time!
I knew I had to set up my guitar, as I ran into some guitar issues over at EMG, so there was no way I could possibly do any kind of gig without it being set up!
Thankfully 30TH Guitar was able to help me out on a short notice! Thanks a lot guys \m/
If you are ever in New York and need any tech work done, go and see them! The contact info is below:
After delivering my guitar, it was lunch time! I finally got to meet Maura, an author and family friend! We discussed her latest book, which I believe people will love!
It’s a satire about American Pop-Culture! She previously wrote a children’s book that featured Lady Gaga on vocals, performing some children’s songs that went along with the book.
You can check out Maura’s books here, and keep an eye out for her new one, whenever it launches!
After lunch time, it was picking up guitar time, before heading over to Starbucks to steal some internet 😛 I didn’t take a picture of that…I wonder why 😛 Anyway, I figured I had to walk over to Sam Ash over at 34th street between 8th and 9th, on my quest to find a cable that I could connect into my iPad…I also had to get some batteries…
The people were very helpful & lovely! They even helped with directions on how to get to Grand Street…or…well..the wrong Grand Street as apparently they have 2 in New York! Which means that I left the Underground over in China town and got very confused when the right house number was a Chinese Store 😛
Lost on the New York Underground, I thought to myself..ahh…I’ll just jump back on…there is probably another Grand St. Only to find out that I was taking the Tube in the completely wrong direction ,so I got off and started walking around, looking for the G train..that apparently was just a couple of blocks away….for an eternity of blocks apparently, as everyone I asked, the further I walked said a couple of blocks.. 😛 Eventually I just grabbed a cab, so thank God I had extra cash with me in case of emergency or anything un-expected 😛
I came to the venue half an hour before I was supposed to be on stage, and sorted out all my stuff in the cab on the way there. Apparently though…there was an imposter playing 😛 A certain Commander & Chef…(who are those bastards I should sue them!)
It was a cool gig though! The people there loved it \m/ It was awesome, except from one solo that went a bit jazz, but besides from that it was cool! I had great company in Anna, who got a really cool band, you can check them out here:
I witnessed the most horrible mother on the train back home, absolutely terrible. If you abuse your child verbally and physically in public, God knows what goes on behind closed doors. One guy tried to intervene, but he only achieved to get abused too. I said some nice words to the teenager that was being abused as I left the train, but, hard to know what to do sometimes. I Wish I could have done more 😦
(I also wish the London Tube was open 24/7 btw.)