Behind the Curtain: Preparing for a Gig

Welcome to the unseen world behind the music, where the magic of a live performance is crafted through meticulous preparation and a passion for delivering unforgettable experiences. As a musician, the journey to every gig is a symphony of tasks, each note played before the spotlight hits the stage.

The process begins long before the first chord rings out. Reviewing the details with the client is the opening act, setting the stage for a harmonious collaboration. Drawing up agreements ensures everyone is on the same page, creating a solid foundation for the performance ahead.

Next, the ensemble comes to life. Hiring musicians is like assembling a dream team, each member bringing a unique talent to the mix. Learning special requests is a crucial rehearsal, adding a personalized touch that resonates with the audience.

Gear becomes a key player in the performance. Every cable, pedal, and instrument is carefully selected and prepared, tailored to the specific needs of the event. Packing becomes an art, ensuring that nothing is left behind. Attire is chosen with precision, and essentials like water and sustenance are tucked away for the journey.

The road to the venue is a familiar one, traversed with anticipation. Arriving at least 90 minutes before showtime is a ritual, allowing ample time for the meticulous setup. The venue transforms into a canvas, waiting to be painted with sound.

Sound check is the last rehearsal before the grand performance. Every instrument is tuned, every level balanced, ensuring a flawless sonic experience. Then, the moment arrives—the stage lights up, and the performance begins.

As a musician, there’s nothing like the thrill of playing your heart out, making every note count, and witnessing the joy on the faces of the audience. The music takes on a life of its own, creating an electric atmosphere that lingers in the memories of all who attend.

Post-performance, it’s time to settle the score. Paying the musicians is a nod to the collective effort that brought the music to life. Then, the teardown begins—a swift deconstruction of the musical universe created just hours ago.

Loading gear into the car is a ritual, each piece finding its place like instruments in a symphony. The journey home is a reflection on the night, a blend of exhaustion and satisfaction. Unloading gear and stowing it away is a final act, closing the curtain on another memorable performance.

For many, the night is ending, but for me, it’s the beginning of a new week of anticipation. The cycle repeats, a labor of love that keeps the music alive. It can sometimes be exhausting, but I absolutely love it and I look forward to doing it every single weekend (and occasionally during the week). Because in the world behind the curtain, the stage is set for another unforgettable performance, and the show must go on.

If you are planning an event you want to explore your options for live music, book a free music consultation with me or simply write to me on the contact page.