#1
do you think that having a vocalist that plays an instrument at the same time in a hardcore could take away from the band interacting with the audience? like, would it take away from our stage presence?
#2
yeah it does, but its not a deal breaker. just because you have a guitar in your hands doesn't mean you can't be interesting to watch.
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#3
If this is your first time playing, you might have a little trouble with stage presence.

Most of the time people find it more impressive when you sing and play an instrument.
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#5
well, im not the vocalist, but we have a vocalist/bassist. he's done it before in other bands though, but i wasnt sure if it would be any problems stage presence wise.
#6
for hardcore, it seems kinda odd. onstage, hardcore vocalists have a tendency to move around, and even hang into the crowd. an instrument it makes it much harder to do so.
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he probably wont be singing 100 percent of every song. i mean hes still got a few breaks to do things. alot of punk bands have frontmen like this.
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#8
it's more difficult, but it can and is pulled off a lot... just don't stand there like half the local bands do. jump around and do stuff...
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#9
I play bass and sing ... and usually jump around and run around like a maniac because the crowd gets a blast out of it for some reason.
#10
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for hardcore, it seems kinda odd. onstage, hardcore vocalists have a tendency to move around, and even hang into the crowd. an instrument it makes it much harder to do so.

yeah, thats what i thought too. but he's a great bassist and a better vocalist.
#11
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If he has a wireless receiver and a wireless headset mic, there can be some really good crowd interaction.
#12
It doesn't necessarily kill stage presence. Flogging Molly's lead singer plays a guitar most of the time and they have the most amazing stage presence and audience connection that I've ever seen. Depends on your style though.
#14
For hardcore most vocalists should have their hands free to alter the sound of their scream (assuming were talking about the same kind of hardcore). A bass makes it harder to jump around into the crowd and interact like any other vocalist would be able to.
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go watch any live video of muse. matt bellamy manages to jump around all over the place.
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go watch any live video of muse. matt wembley manages to jump around all over the place.

wembley? playing at bellamy stadium?
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#19
Hendrix played Monterey over 40 years ago. You shouldn't even need to ask this question.

It sounds to me like he's clearly able to play and sing, which is no easy task to begin with. Why wouldn't you have him do it? If you're more worried about your stage presence than sound quality, maybe you should rethink what you're doing.

EDIT: If all else fails have him dress like a complete weirdo. It seems to work for Les Claypool.
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I like it.
#21
No, as long as they're good at both vocals and playing bass and can still interact with the crowd.
#23
Extra note: Bands that worry too much about "stage presence" more often than not overlook the music and end up being ****ty.

By the way, I hate the phrase "stage presence". If you're on the stage, you're present. Good music = good show.
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wembley? playing at bellamy stadium?




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retard moment there. i just got finished watching that dvd
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umm.....and James Hetfield actually deserves to be mentioned? since when did this happen???
#28
From experience as an audience member, bands are always more fun to watch when the lead singer doesnt play an instrument. Im not saying anything about sound quality or musicianship, strictly the fun of watching the performance.

If this is your situation, however, i suggest you pick up the slack and move around extra for the lack of your vocalist doing so. If you guys are going nuts, it should be cool even if ure singer is rooted to a spot cause of his mic.
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#29
I definitely enjoy seeing bands with a singer without an instrument, because as you said, it definitely provides for much better interaction with the audience.
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#31
^ he's not PLAYING the guitar! similar to Lil Wayne!

James Hetfield = Lil Wayne????????


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