The Gig Part 1. Writing the Set List
March 19, 2012. No comments.
These are usually written whilst everyone else is eating, whilst putting on make up, or when the band are talking about other things so you can’t think properly.
Alternatively on your Iphone ‘notes’ app whilst driving to the gig. Or on the loo.
First of all you master your 5 x table (8×5=40. 6×5=30 etc). Then you decide if your songs are on average a bit shorter or a bit longer than 5 minutes – not forgetting to include tuning time, your stage chatter and the estimated audience reaction time.
(For instance, the clapping reverberating around the Royal Albert Hall may take a little longer 😉
Then it’s The Order of Play. Here are some suggestions:
Grab their attention with something you know well
Change pace a few songs in
Have a bit of a laugh with the audience
Bit more intense or difficult ok here
Build up to a brilliant end.
Start with something lively (or incredibly slow)
Play a different instrument
Get one of the band to do something so you can have a sip of water (but remember to look enthralled as you do so)
The inevitable slump happens about here. Sorry, I mean the sensitive bit
Build up to a (even more) brilliant end
Thank everyone you can remember the name of
Then actually end.
No really. Get off now.
Of course, should your audience start screaming insanely for more and then adopt that slow spooky unison clapping technique you can go back on stage and humbly mumble that by an ASTONISHING coincidence you do have one more song up your sleeve….