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Old 07-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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How to prepare for a huge show?

My band has recently been accepted to the Los Angeles County Battle of the Bands, and we play in September. Needless to say, we were very very excited about this, because not only would it be the biggest show we'll have so far, but if we win, the prizes are fantastic.

My question here would be; how would we go about to properly prepare for this? I know we need our songs to be ultra tight and at our next practice we're setting up a camera to record us playing through our setlist so we can go back and look for trouble spots.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:46 AM   #2
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Prepare like any other show. Playing a show to two, fifty of a thousand is the same thing. You are there to present your music to the respective audience to the best of your ability. Your preparation from show to show always should include the same game plan ie know your songs, knowing the set list so you aren't standing around with your genitalia in your hand, etc.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. And I just thought that maybe we needed to work on certain things, but I suppose that just preparing for any other show is the same. Get shit in order, make sure the songs are as tight as can be, everyone on the same page.

Stage presence is something that we need to work on though.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:57 PM   #4
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Stage presence comes with being comfortable with your music. It you can play it easily and don't have to think or focus much on your playing it will allow you to move more or do whatever it is you wanna do.
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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I don't want to sound pessimistic but at most Battle of the Bands they're based on audience response, so just bring a whole heap of people and you should be fine.
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I don't want to sound pessimistic but at most Battle of the Bands they're based on audience response, so just bring a whole heap of people and you should be fine.


Yeap, 99% of all battle of the bands are just bullshit events. It's nothing to do with how good of a performance a band puts out, but how many people they can bring. Very few (if any) people in the venue will be unbiased individuals who just happened to come along. Everybody there will have been brought along by a particular band, and as such the band who brings the most people wins. Just treat it as a normal gig, and give the best performance you can.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:36 AM   #7
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^^^ Although you can also argue that the whole business is about how many people like you, and so the band that brings the most people "should" probably win.

Of course that ignores the fact that most of the bands in battle of the bands are so new that they have no established fan base anyways......
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Ive only competed in one battle of the bands, it was like a tournament setting. The band that brought the most people in the night we played moved on to the next round.

All of the adult bands brought in a similar crowd, until this high school band played and like hundreds of people showed up. They were pretty good for their age though, just they had a much larger and unfair crowd from school. Kinda sucked lol
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Do try to bring as many people as you can. It really helps. And if they can really get into the music instead of just standing around being present, that's even better, since they may start reactions from people you didn't bring. Know your songs inside and out obviously, and while I doubt you would do this do not premiere a new song, no matter how well you know it. My band tried that at a battle of the bands (we knew we weren't going to win anyway so we just had fun with it) but one of our guitarists and drummer kept screwing up and the song sounded like utter shit. I don't have a clue why we all agreed to play that new song.
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^^^ I think you screwed up the new song due to lack of practice.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:02 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. We've started practicing for the show a couple days ago. We have some show dates prior to the battle, so those should help us prepare even better. We're letting everyone we know about the battle of the bands, so I'm hoping we can get at least a decent crowd of our own.

Thanks again, here's to hoping for a win this September
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