As a relatively small band, your first booked gig experiences can be extremely exciting. Not only does it mark a level of confidence in the band which is a milestone in itself, but it can help you begin to get your name out there, showcasing some of the music you have written or some of the covers you have arranged.
Of course, showing up on the day with your instruments and your enthusiasm is often a great place to start, and absolutely necessary for this to become a success.
That being said, if you only show up with that, you may find yourself wanting and unable to perform as well as you might have. While it’s important to note that you’re not going to be selling out stadiums as you begin your humble project, it doesn’t hurt to curate a little professionalism and make sure you’re prepared. Even the most anarchic punk bands are professional when it comes to their music and the preparations they put in place to entertain their audience, and for that approach the following advice may help you:
Know Your Equipment
Know the equipment that you’ll be using ahead of time. You may wish to visit here to equip yourself with excellent PA systems and mixers you can bring with you to ensure the most reliable experience. Sometimes, yet rarely, open mic events will have certain equipment you can utilize, but it’s always best to be familiar with your own stuff. This allows you to easily set up and troubleshoot if needs be before your audience arrives, and it can provide your bandmates with a growing sense of calm and appreciation.
Curate Your Setlist
Knowing your setlist ahead of time will help you structure your show and also slowly ramp up the experience. It can feel freeing to simply play whatever songs are requested or to go with the feeling of your evening, but a professional setlist can help you hit all the music you wish to promote, and to do so in a manner that holds ordered creative intent behind it. Not only that, but you also get to spread out some of your best well-known songs so that they can be played when the most people are in the venue.
Practice, Practice, Practice
No matter how skilled you are, or how confident you feel, you can always run the risk of playing a bum note or struggling to keep your timing. It happens. Just don’t be afraid of practicing ahead of time nor think it’s out of your reach. Even the best bands practice. This way, on the night, you can have fun without wondering if your arrangements could use a little tweaking. Even if this is just to warm up, or to throw or remove another song into your setlist, practice is the way in which you’ll ace the show and grow many new fans.
With this advice, we hope you can absolutely slay your first gig experience. This is your moment, so be sure to take it.