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FROM THE EXPERTS
60. Try not to have your “manager”/best bro stand over the shoulder of the sound guy and offer “advice.”
61. Try not to have five minutes of epic intro music before walking out onto the stage if you’re the first band on a five-band bill playing your second show ever. Gotta earn that stuff.
62. If you’re anyone but the headliner, don’t have your last song be an extended white-noise jam during which you destroy the house backline and/or stage, then walk off with your guitars still feeding back. Again, gotta earn that stuff.
63. Know how your instrument works and how to plug it in. If you need a DI, know what it is, how to ask for one, and what it does. If you know what a DI is, don’t show up to a DIY venue and ask for 20 DIs and complain about the subs.
64. Try not to put 30 people on the guestlist for an 100- capacity room.
65. Don’t treat Webster Hall like Shea Stadium. Don’t treat Shea Stadium like Webster Hall.
66. Stage banter should be at most 10 percent of your show. An even lesser percentage should be tuning.
67. Try not to ask for a drink from onstage when there are six people in the room.
"I always had the idea that this was a really great thing to do: it's fun, it's important and we'll do it as long as we can."
Mar 29, 2012