Paul Davis (Dep Bass and Dep Keys plus Harmonies) [Covers & Original, Dep Musician]
Another Year With No Proper Band27 Dec 2018Another Year With No Proper Band I won't say what the band was, but it was a gig I played within the last three months, where I and another member of the band I was depping for, were chatting about what we got up to gig-wise. Upon discovering my own extremely varied escapades, I was asked this question:”But you ARE looking for a proper band at some point?”This proved to me that what many serial deps get up to is still very much an alien concept, even to other gigging musicians, let alone everyday non-musical members of the public, who still ask about “the band”.For me, depping IS my act. And having gone for many years without a “main band”, the idea of just being tied to a singular act is one that actually doesn't suit quite everybody.Simply having the time to prepare for gigs with numerous different set-ups is an understandable problem for many who enjoy playing live. I fully understand that myself too, so it's not a criticism!But equally, it remains a difficult concept for some people to grasp, hence the surprise that this can feel normal to people like myself.Equally surprising is the idea that being a member of just one act is not something that appeals to all musicians.In reviewing this year, the fact that I've shared a stage with 34 different acts since the 1st of January, means that I have played at least 200 different songs either on bass or keys, with almost 90 other people, in almost 60 separate locations and in numerous musical genres, and gives me the kind of variety in 365 days that I simply couldn't dream of in one act.There ARE downsides. An almost constant search for work and learning unfamiliar material being the most notable, but again, the pluses are the overriding positive for me.So I'd like the thank the other musicians who have given me gig work in 2018.Namely the as-and-when acts I'm a part of, the return depping customers and the acts that used me for a first time (in chronological order):THE CRUMBLESMELANIE WALLLOUISE HARROWHUGGY FLARESRIGHT HAND DRIVETHE FAITH STEALERSDAKOTA SMILEPEPTHE GUARDSTHE SWANVESTA SOCIAL CLUBTHE VALLEYSBIG BOYS NOISETHE LANDLORDSKIRSTA JOHNSTONTHE TEXAS FLYERSOXTOBYTHE REGGULATERSSTEVE OAKMANSTAXDEAF SHEPHERDMAXIPEPTHE SKAKATSTHE EQUIVALENTSSOUL CITYHORIZONALICE SIMPSONTHE HUMMINGBIRDS80S UNPLUGDOWN 2 EARTHMACLAREN WALLSOULMOFUNKTALLER THAN ELVISUNDERCOVERMOLLY AMESI appreciate it's not a gigging lifestyle that suits everybody, but it's something that still holds constant surprises to me. A few might be negative, but most are positive and give me huge faith in the very real joys of gigging, especially those people who are happy to hear what musicaisn have planned for them and the venues who continue to book live music (and care about it).Thanks.= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Thursday 27th December 2018 – starts 4pmPlaying keyboards for MOLLY AMESTHE BELLE, Bassingbourn(A debut duo gig backing 17-year-old Molly in the village we both live in)=Saturday 29th December 2018 – starts 9pmPlaying bass for UNDERCOVERTHE RED LION, Chesham(My third dep bass gig this month for this 4-piece covers act – all-at-once syndrome!)
Christmas Is Optional19 Dec 2018Christmas Is Optional As it's the season of goodwill, I will stockpile my rants for the middle of January onward, and instead keep positive and thankful for the good things in life, which I never take for granted, especially at this time of year.But just a brief observation about December setlists, and for when the question of festive song choices comes around!If you want to shove in your favourite Christmas songs, I'd say, go for it. It won't do any harm and will probably bring a smile to many faces.But equally, if you're heartily sick of the sound of yuletide syrup in every public place since Remembrance Sunday, feel equally free to leave them out.I can 99% assure other gigging musicians that virtually no sane or sober person will come up to you afterwords and thank you for playing something “Christmassy”.I love Christmas myself, but on my own terms!! :p= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Saturday 22nd December 2018 – starts 9pmPlaying bass for UNDERCOVERTHE MALTSTERS, Cheshunt=Sunday 22rd December 2018 – start 5pmPlaying keyboards for THE AGES and playing bass for PEPTHE LOWER RED LION, St Albans(The 2nd Christmas gig in a row for PEP at the Lower Red, and featuring an entire first half from Edward's first band THE AGES. The first time gigging together in several years.)= = = = = =
Christmas 1974 Again10 Dec 2018Christmas 1974 Again Picked up an old friend today, after four decades!www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSs-mNYMkasExcuse the stilted delivery - a constant danger of single takes. :o= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK:Friday 14th December 2018 – starts 10pmPlaying bass for UNDERCOVERTHE JUNGLE BAR, Hertford(My 1st of 3 deps during December with this Herts covers band)=Saturday 15th December 2018 – start 9.15pmPlaying bass for THE VALLEYSTHE ROUNDABOUT CLUB, Sandy(Have played here many times, but the first visit to this ace club by The Valleys)= = = = = =
Trends Of The 2010s2 Dec 2018Trends Of The 2010s I've noticed two rather bewildering trends at live gigs only over the last few years that continue to puzzle me, and that many of the music people I work with or speak to can verify with the same degree of bemusement!The first are audiences who don't give any audible appreciation for practically the whole set, with every end to a song being met with complete indifference. Of course, acts are very grateful that these people have chosen to be there in the first place, and understand if they're in the middle of conversations and other activities, with the music not being their main focus.But often, these are people sitting or standing, and seemingly giving their full attention.The puzzling late-2010s quirk of the evening still remains after the gig has ended, where numerous individuals from that very same audience then either come up to the band or catch the musicians on the way out, saying how much they loved your set!! (Often asking when you'll be coming back).The other increasing phenomenon with some audiences is where some numbers (often consecutive songs) are met with completely opposite reactions. Now, I'm not talking about one number being impeccably played and the other being a plethora of wrong notes & tunelessness. I'm referring to numbers performed to a similar standard, yet one receiving deafening cheers and whistles, and the other not receiving a single clap.I understand that some songs are more popular or familiar than others, but despite the range of gigs I've experienced over my live music “career”, I'm still puzzled by such binary reactions!Explanations anybody?!= = = = = =PUBLIC GIGS THIS WEEK & NEXT:Saturday 8th December 2018 - 8pm startPlaying keyboards for KIRSTA JOHNSTONCAFE ROUGE, St Albans(A restaurant gig rather than a pub or club, so music for diners, but still technically for PUBLIC diners!)=Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 9pm startPlaying bass for PEPTHE MERMAID, St Albans=Thursday 13th December 2018 - 9pm startPlaying bass for THE GUARDSSOLSTICE, Peterborough=Friday 14th December 2018 - 9pm startPlaying bass for UNDERCOVERTHE JUNGLE BAR, HERTFORD=Saturday 15th December 2018 - 9.15pm startPlaying bass for THE VALLEYSTHE ROUNDABOUT CLUB, Sandy= = = = = =
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