1. avatar cornett-jude
    Hi everyone,

    Im a singer/songwriter... folksy/jazzy/poppy/blues.

    I have a lot of finished songs and I'm now more than ready to get out there to bars etc. and get some feedback...

    Im solo, have no band, and ive making demos on my 8 track recorder doing all of the music myself (keys/guitar/drum via drum machine/ and saxophone)... Obviously i can't do all of that live, and so i can easily just remove my vocals from the demos and voila a backing track...

    BUT, do you think complete backing tracks would be ok (certainly a lot handier, its pocket-size ;) )... or just for the presentation of things should i strip back the keys or guitar too and do those live?

    Just a bit of basic advice, but any feedback would be much appreciated,
    Jude
  2. avatar JTM
    Play as much live as you are comfortable with.
  3. avatar Chi-Lite
    I wouldn't use the backing track at all.

    the demos will be handy if you are looking for a band, but to be fair I can't see where a gig with a backing track would work, except in some social club up the Falls.

    If you are playing on your own you are more likely to be playing acoustic sessions and singer/songwrite nights, so just strip the songs to the bare bones and play them acoustically. Singing, or even playing, along to a backing track just doesn't look good. If the songs are good, you'll be alright. they might sound even better stripped down.

    and then sure, if you want to play the songs right, get a band and play some proper gigs, which should be easy enough to do if you already have demos of the songs
  4. avatar Dirty Stevie Grizz
    I agree 100% with Chi-lite. Kill me!
  5. avatar palrub
    i'd agree if it were covers but there's alot of solo acoustic acts working for their bread and water and, good or bad, don't get as much recognition as they deserve at the best of times. I'd much rather listen to a solo act with interesting backing tracks that they did themselves to be honest, but that's just my opinion; i guess i'd rather hear what the soloist in question hopes to achieve if a live band does take his or her fancy, rather than filling in the blanks myself.
  6. avatar BinaryOperator
    [quote:111ac0f605="Chi-Lite"]I wouldn't use the backing track at all.

    the demos will be handy if you are looking for a band, but to be fair I can't see where a gig with a backing track would work, except in some social club up the Falls.

    If you are playing on your own you are more likely to be playing acoustic sessions and singer/songwrite nights, so just strip the songs to the bare bones and play them acoustically. Singing, or even playing, along to a backing track just doesn't look good. If the songs are good, you'll be alright. they might sound even better stripped down.

    and then sure, if you want to play the songs right, get a band and play some proper gigs, which should be easy enough to do if you already have demos of the songs[/quote:111ac0f605]

    A fair few years ago I played a gig in the pavillion and the second on the bill was a certain Duke Special (Drat were headliners). He used extensive backing tracks, for backing vocals and instrumentation etc, He played live keys and sang, and in one song played cymbals, he went down a storm. Wonder where he is now?

    I think the backing track thing depends very much on the act itself. I can't see a rock act working like that, but then again I didn't expect Duke Special to be quite that good either.
  7. avatar Rocky
    Do whatever you think works! If the extra layers are important, I'd use them.

    Dublin act Robotnik uses backing tracks for solo gigs and at times he's in the crowd
    singing while everything is coming off track and it really works for his show.

    Kidd Dynamo used to do a bunch of songs with drums&bass coming off a minidisc while he played acoustic and sang, it was amazing.

    I can think of so many acts that I love who've done similar. If the noises,textures
    and music coming from your tracks make up an important part of what you are doing,
    then I'd think they're better being there than not.
  8. avatar Chi-Lite
    I suppose that's true right nuff. Look at David Gray!:lol:

    It's just when he said he's recorded the guitars, drums etc on a backing track I assumed it was a standard sort of rock band, only with recorded instruments instead of a band playing live, with a view to getting a band together.

    Obviously some types of music do work with a backing track like. It depends. if the backing track is to fill in while he puts together a band, I'd say just concentrate on getting the band together.

    If it's an integral part of the music then aye, use it