The Dyxsluxic Singer Songwriter
Bill Bates
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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 CD or putting on a tour 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 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

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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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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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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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. However, if you spend half your set tuning up, no one will enjoy your performance either. 

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. I once broke a string on stage and then spent about 10 minutes tuning up only to discover than I had put a G string on the 4th string which meant that the guitar was impossible to tune up.

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