Benee Wafers said:
Very impressive Milkman. You guys set that up and break it down every night/gig?
Checked out your website. Didn't see any place with audio links though. None there?
'Spose this isn't the right place to be asking unrelated questions..........but.........you guys do The TommyKnockers as a full time gig or are you all lawyers, structural engineers,biochemists during the week?
Noticed in one of the perfomance pictures the band was floor level with the dance floor.? Seeing as you bring everything but the kitchen sink isn't there some kind of portable stage you could use?
Good to know there are still venues around that can accomodate the show you bring.
Congrats man you've achieved relative success and that's something I can appreciate and envy.
We're not full time. I was full time for more than eleven years (78 ~ 89) while on tour and for an additional five or six years working at a music store as a tech and teacher. I like it better this way. The music comes first. Business comes third or fourth. No weddings, Bird Dance songs, et cetera. We take only gigs that we really want and we play only the songs we love.
These days I and my keyboardist are employed in the corporate world. My bassist works as a painter (vehicles) and my drummer is a full time student.
We use a riser for the drummer for some big shows, but my preference is to be right on the floor. I love being right down with the crowd. High stages seem to create a distance between band and audience. That probably sounds flaky, but I discovered my preference for this sort of set up when I was obliged to set up on the floor a few times back in the 80s.
My absolute favourite set up is an amphitheatre or quasi-amphitheatre, where the audience is actually looking down to the stage.
I believe there's an audio link on my site. It's an unmastered early mix of a tune from the album.
And yes, we set all this up and break it down every night, and additionally, most times we set up our own power distro (tap right in to the 220) and a full light rig (24K, par 64s, rain lights, beam splitters, lasers, fog machine et cetera).
We do all of this because I want every gig to be something special for us. If the gig I played this weekend turns out to be my last (we ARE all mortal) I want it to be something we can all be proud of.
It AINT't about the money, that's for sure.