We got together yesterday for a rehearsal session and the usual question on arrival is ‘How are we doing with booking gigs?’ Pete has said he will sort this but nothing much is happening.
There’s the usual clash of opinions here. Some members of the band just want to go for it, and others need us to have rehearsed these songs to perfection before we even consider playing them to an audience. Pete is of the latter view, while I’m leaning towards the former. I’m not sure exactly how Nick and Neil feel about it but Pete won’t start contacting venues until he’s certain we’ve 100% nailed all these songs. I wonder if there’s an element of fear about taking to a stage and being rubbish, but I think that if you approach life that way, then you’ll never achieve anything.
Of course there exists the option of just doing it myself, but I see little point in undermining Pete in his quest and he says he’s got a few contacts in the Manchester music live scene, or at least people he’s met before whereas I wouldn’t really know where to start.
Yesterday Pete said he’s got a list of ten venues in Manchester where he would like to play but Neil then said that there’s a six month wait to play venues in Manchester at the moment. I don’t know where this piece of information comes from but it seems unlikely to me. However if it is true, then we need to get our thumbs out of our arses and start making contact.
Aiming for Perfection
In our ‘quest to be the best’ we have more or less nailed eight songs now, spending last night going over and over two of our newer ones, and we made some progress on the issue of the sequences and how to bring them to the stage. We were able to dispense with the audio interface that I’ve been using. Its a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 and is a fabulous piece of kit. I use it for rehearsing and recording and I have been very happy with it and its predecessor which was also a Focusrite, but having transferred the sequence mixes onto stereo music files, we used the laptop headphone socket to send the signals to the mixing desk (sequence) and headphone amp (click track). This means that I will have less equipment to bring to future rehearsals, and ultimately to gigs – so that’s another positive.
Stereo in Mono
Having solved one problem, we hit a new one. I copied the WAV files onto a memory device and onto Pete’s laptop but the file wouldn’t play in stereo, so both the sequence and the mix were coming out of both left and right channels. Pete’s laptop is a fairly new acquisition and is one of these small notebook style laptops which Neil says has a combined microphone and headphone socket, so we were wondering if it was because of the incompatibility of our jack plug, or whether it was Windows Media Player misbehaving. We’ve given Pete some ideas for music players to download so we’ll try that and see how it goes. We used my laptop last night, but as I’ve said mine isn’t going on stage with us so we will need to think of something else if Pete’s won’t do the job.