Live Show Etiquette: Break Down The Second You Are Done!

stripesroadie.jpgPreviously, we told you one of the worst faux pas you can commit
is to put your drumset together on stage. The same goes for after your
set is done, no matter what instrument you play. Whether there is a band going on after you or not, get your
stuff off the stage in a fast, orderly matter. I don’t mean you need to
yell “break” and form an assembly line, but hanging out talking to potential lays, shaking hands and striking up conversations on stage is a quick way to make enemies. If there is a
band after you, the promoter and the soundman are going to want to
murder you for your lack of consideration to their schedule. If there is no band on after you the soundman
probably wants to go home, get stoned and watch Pink Floyd “The Wall”
for the 60th time. This could be detrimental to future bookings and opportunities the band playing after you could bring you, since they are not happy their set got cut short by your inconsiderate move. Nevermind, what the promoter and soundman think of you now that you decided to start signing breasts instead of takedown your pedalboard.

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  • Anonymous

    Pretty much every South Jersey local band
    under 24 should read this. Every hall show
    is like this. Like really you’re playing at a church…
    Just break down your gear!

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much every north Jersey local band needs to read this too.

  • Davey Wavey

    It seems like common sense to break down straight away, right. Wrong in my opinion.
    I would rather cut one song out of my set and have five minutes to talk to people directly after the performance while they are still psyched. As soon as you are finished is that glory moment, when friends who have turned up to the show will feel special for the contact time. That is how you make fans in this day and age.
    My advice is to talk with the person running the night and the band on after you and explain that you will break down quickly and systematically 5 minutes after the end of the performance. And if you are a band then maybe leave the drummer or keyboardist up on stage breaking down their kit if they haven’t brought people to the show.
    Just fit your set and breakdown time into your allotted time on stage and you’ll be fine.
    Peace ;-D