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Jamie D
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Hey everyone,

Whenever I do a small stage set, I set my wireless mic up before everyone gets to the venue just like most do. However, this Saturday I have a gig and I am unable to do so and must setup while people are eating. This is the last thing I want to do but I really have no choice here.

Does anyone have any thoughts/advice or have done this before that you'd like to share? The last thing I want to do is a sound check while there eating but like I said, I really don't have a choice this time and Any help is greatly appreciated.

Darren
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On 2013-11-27 08:29, Jamie D wrote:
Hey everyone,

Whenever I do a small stage set, I set my wireless mic up before everyone gets to the venue just like most do. However, this Saturday I have a gig and I am unable to do so and must setup while people are eating. This is the last thing I want to do but I really have no choice here.

Does anyone have any thoughts/advice or have done this before that you'd like to share? The last thing I want to do is a sound check while there eating but like I said, I really don't have a choice this time and Any help is greatly appreciated.

Darren



Where is your gig going to be? Ask another person to test it for you! Smile
Jamie D
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Thanks for the reply, it's about an hour away and I can't get into the venue until the doors open for the party that's being hosted starts. The problem is that it's in a small community so I can't even give my mic to someone.

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On 2013-11-27 10:30, Jamie D wrote:
Thanks for the reply, it's about an hour away and I can't get into the venue until the doors open for the party that's being hosted starts. The problem is that it's in a small community so I can't even give my mic to someone.

Darren


Do you have someone that could help you out in this one? Family for enxemple. They could set up everything for your so no one would see your face prior to the show. I mean, you still have to set everything during the party but not being you the one who sets everything up may seen more professional! What do you think about it?

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Jamie D
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I completely agree with you and these are great ideas, I'd like to get someone else to set the mic up but the problem is that I can't get into the venue until the same time everyone else is getting in. I may have to just suck it up and sound check when I can which is the last thing I want to do.

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Might as well make it funny...

Get a few t-shirts made for cheap (iron-on lettering?)... As you're carrying stuff in, wear the t-shirt that boldly says "Stage hand"... when you start to set up your audio, strip that shirt off and reveal another shirt beneath it, which reads "Sound guy"... If you have lights, repeat the gag and show a t-shirt with "lighting technician" printed on it... etc. etc. etc.

Setting up while the audience is there is obviously not ideal, but in most cases it's not as big a deal as we (as entertainers) make it out to be. Sure, it ruins the mystique, but ya know what? If the show's good, they're not gonna give a flying care whether or not they saw you set up before the show earlier in the night.

If you're mostly just worried about disrupting their dinner with the audio, just keep it pretty quiet at first, and flat-out apologize for having to do the soundcheck while they're having dinner. They're not gonna care, I'll bet.
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I've had this happen a few+ times...If there are children in the audience let them speak into your mic. I was at mall a number of years ago and saw a vent guy performing. He tested his sound system by walking into the audience and encouraged the kids say their names. Everyone in the audience seemed to enjoy it, especially the kiddos.

T. Durden basically said it all as far as I'm concerned.
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Bummer, Jamie! I hate those gigs where you have to set up in front of people! There's nothing I've ever been able to do about it, though, because no one knows my set-up but me. That said, T. Durden's idea about the T-shirts is hilarious!
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T Durden is a genius.
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Awwwwww, shucks, guys. You don't have to... you don't mean that... you know I'm not a g...




j/k
yeah. I am. I'm pretty genius.
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Jamie D
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Thanks everyone, T Durden, I agree, your idea is great and I could see it going over well. In the end, it wasn't that big of a deal. I don't think anyone thought anything of it to be honest. Usually this is all said and done before they arrive so it was a first for me. In the future, there's more things to worry about as this didn't bother anyone at all, just a small hiccup really.

Thanks again,

Darren
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