||[Jul. 21st, 2007|03:14 am]
I've been thinking a lot about how much backing tracks are used in the goth/industrial/alternative scene recently. It was after a conversation with Rob about bands he's witnessed recently, who aren't actually playing instruments at all. And I just thought to myself, 'well, gawd, I'm a bit of a rubbish keyboard player, but I'm actually quite proud now, to say that I really do play live keyboards'. Aparrently, one such band features a 'keyboardist' with certain keys triggering songs to play, but nothing else (an elaborate series of play buttons, really), and a 'percussionist' whose drumpads weren't even plugged in!|
And I witnessed a certain gig not too long ago myself, where, again, nothing at all was played live!! I mean, yes, for electronic music, you're always going to need a certain amount of backng track, because it's usually not physically possible to play everything live. That's a given.
But seriously - if you're not going to play ANYTHING live, what's the point of even pretending? People aren't fucking stupid! If you're really passionate about music, which any serious musician should be, then take a few days out, learn your craft, even buy a chord-book. Theres no shame in any of that! Certainly less shame than showing yourself up to be a total fraud. And as well as doing a disservice to yourself, it's a disservice to your fans, too, and if you haven't got your fans, then what the hell HAVE you got? Most likely they'll stop buying your CDs, stop going to your gigs, and then you'll be up shit creek without a paddle, or indeed any chance of a record contract.
So yeah, that's my 2 cents about the whole thing. And hopefully this upsurge in shit bands who can't play live is a passing fad ;P