The Dyxsluxic Singer Songwriter
Bill Bates

What To Do When Gigging: Part 1 – Be Nice To Everyone


“This song is for the drunk that has been asking for a Van Morrison number.”

This was the low point in my musician career. I was gigging in a pub in Rugby, Warwickshire and a guy had been heckling me for most of the evening asking me to play him a Van Morrison song. He was loud, obnoxious and determined to get his request played. I knew he would keep asking but I was trying to put it off for as long as I could just to annoy him.

He knew what I was doing and he knew I knew. I had the microphone. He had a large loud gob and didn’t mind who heard. He had also consumed a a fair amount of Guinness. I was turning out to be an interesting gig. Things went downhill from there.

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Crowdfunding: The Art Of Asking


“You know what’s really cool? Wake up every morning, decide what you feel like doing, and do it.”
― Amanda Palmer

I am thinking of making a putting on some charity gigs with a Crowdfunding scheme like Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding is a scheme where in return for money given to you by “patrons”,  they receive, for example something in return from you. So for donating money to a charity they could get in return downloads of your music, hard copy CD’s, a free house gig, exclusive songs that have not been recorded, an early release of a CD, free tickets to a gig etc, all depending on what money they are prepared to give you.

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Remembering Things Are Hard With Short Term Memory

Memory like a fish

I always forget to breath when I first start a gig.

There are so many things to think about when you are gigging. I know that breathing should come naturally but for me it isn’t so simple. I breath enough to stay alive (obviously) but when you are singing you need to control your breathing and I forget. So, my first few songs are rushed and I struggle to get my words out. It’s just one more thing to think about. Although, you would think that breathing should be high on my list of things to remember.

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Sound Check

“My Monitors were far too loud” I said to the Sound Engineer. “They almost blew my ears off!”

“Sorry mate” he said, “But my mind reading skills are really crap today – maybe they will be better the next time you use my gear”.

I remember playing at a festival in Luton and the P.A. system was massive. The speakers had COLDPLAY stencilled on the side in large white lettering and there were 2 huge screens either side of the stage displayed video images of our band. It was the nearest I would ever get to playing at a major gig in front of thousands of people and I was loving it.

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Grow Your Own Gig

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley is a Singer Songwriter based in the South West of the UK and performs both as a solo artist and as part of the duo Show Of Hands with super musician Phil Beer. If you haven’t heard of Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands or Phil Beer I can safely say they are massive in the folk world.

In 2014 Steve Knightley came up with the “Grow Your Own Gig” concept, which involved individual fans organising Steve Knightley gigs in village halls as part of a tour throughout the UK. Their fans actually organised over 75 gigs – a phenomenal amount of concerts.

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