The Dyxsluxic Singer Songwriter
Bill Bates
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Gigging

Remembering Things Are Hard With Short Term Memory

I always forget to breath when I first start a gig.  I have so many things to think about. I know that breathing should come naturally but for me it isn’t so simple. Obviously I breath enough to stay alive – 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, though you would think that breathing should be high on my list of things to remember.

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Gigging

One Two, One Two, One Two, One Two,

“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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Gigging

Grow Your Own Gig

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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Gigging

Tuning

You can be a greatest musician in the world but unless your instrument is in tune no one is going to book you more than once.

Audiences don’t mind if you have to tune up in the middle of your set, but they expect you to be in tune at the beginning of your set. I find it very difficult to re-tune a guitar while talking to an audience.

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Bill's Blog

Welcome to Bill Bates website

I love to perform my songs at folk clubs, folk festivals and at house parties. I perform a mixed set of funny songs and serious songs. My objective is to entertain and have some fun and hopefully you will enjoy yourself at the same time.

I call myself a Dyxsluxic Song Writer, which just about sums me up. I go wrong every now and again but I keep smiling.

I am not as good a songwriter as Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and not as funny as Keith Donnelly.  I thought I’d let you know this to manage your expectations!

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