Warts and All: How To Live with Live Music

Some folks say there are two types of bands: bands that are good in the studio and bands that are good live. I don’t know if that’s true, but I think it’s certainly more nerve wracking for some artists than others if there are mistakes on stage.

Strings? Who needs 'em? PHOTO: Brenda Lee

Strings? Who needs ’em? PHOTO: Brenda Lee

Practice makes porpoises. Oops. You know what I meant.

Of course, you can take steps to mitigate the number of mistakes that happen through practice and rehearsal. Practice by yourself every day, rehearse as much as you can with the rest of the band. There’s really no greater feeling than being in a super tight band where everyone knows their parts and plays them perfectly. Or so I’m told.

Even if you practice and rehearse until you are dreaming every song backward and forward, stuff is still going to happen. We are humans, and this is real life. Feces occurs.

Some of our Set.fm artists have expressed concern that when these little mishaps occur it presents a challenge if the show is being recorded and immediately published with us. We hear you, and we understand.

Startups is hardups

As a startup, we are in a similar position to a new band. Every day we’re faced with unforseen obstacles. Sometimes it feels like there’s more work to do than people to do it. But we keep going because we believe in what we’re doing, and we love being around the people we’re doing it with.

Yeah, we make mistakes sometimes, but as long as we stick to our core values and take care of people, we believe we can do good work. We encourage our artists to have the same attitude.

Of course people love you for your music, but we believe they come to see you live because of the connection they have with your art, and that connection isn’t going away because of a few missteps here or there. It’s greater than just the mechanical performance of your songs. In fact, we bet your devoted fans cherish those little moments for the uniqueness they add to the experience of seeing an artist live.

If you respect the music and do everything you can for it, it’ll take care of you even if you stumble sometimes. So don’t sweat the small stuff. If you want to chat about anything, though, keep in mind that we’re always here for you, warts and all.

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