I got a call recently to do a quick session with a group I’d worked with a few times previously. It was only to be a short’ listen and comment’ – type deal so we booked it as a Video Critique Review.
The group didn’t have a lot of time or the money to hire me for a day or even a half-day, but they wanted to get a little help going into a pretty big upcoming show. So I went to their rehearsal and watched a half-hour set and took notes, then we sat down and I gave them my perspective and ideas.
I addressed some issues such as the importance of their front man maintaining control and authority onstage, as well as talking to the audience and some moment and arrangement ideas. Now, since we’d worked together before, I didn’t have to spell out a lot of the details for them…they already knew the language and the basic principles of what we teach.
Now, did that hour and a half session make a big difference? Well, it depends. It depends on whether or not they take the ideas I gave them and apply it to their arrangements, and to really take to heart some the of core issues we discussed. Part of it is just reinforcing what they’d already been taught by Tom and me in earlier sessions, and reminding them they need to follow through and keep refining!
What we teach artists is a process and not an instant fix. These guys know that, and they’ve seen first-hand the difference it makes in their show. That’s why when they had only $239 in their budget they called me instead of spending it on another guitar pedal!
This band has road-tested what we’ve worked on and know that it works. They’ve seen the response of their audiences and an increase in their merch sales. That’s why they now look at hiring a Live Music Producer as a necessary part of their gig, just like writing songs, recording and mastering their instruments.
The most important gift you can give yourself or your band right now is a leg up on your live show! We’ve got an event coming up that is really too good to miss and too cheap to pass up. Every time we do a workshop, I overhear artists after the opening class say, ‘Geez, just that was worth the price we paid to come!’
Please check out our next Bootcamp at http://tinyurl.com/2aev6l6 and try your best to bring your band or group – OR your solo self. The early bird price is less than our Video Critique Concert package! Only $299, and you get 2 FULL DAYS of Tom and our team, special guests and a chance to be heard and win some great stuff!
This can be life-changing for your career and I’m not trying to be dramatic. You can’t afford NOT to come to Nashville in March.