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It’s been confirmed: Friday November 23rd I’ll be doing my first solo show at the University of Waterloo. That’s nearly a seven hour drive from my home and will be my first time playing outside of the Ottawa area.

It’ll also be my first hardcore test of the laptop + guitar + vocals setup. I’m hoping it goes totally awesome as that would mean I could travel with this sucker when there’s no budget to lug a full band around and I could start fulfilling some of those Eventful demands.

The only two huge issues I’m really worried about are:

The laptop could flake out – I’ll have the backing tracks on MP3 and CD as well as the laptop which would mean only my realtime vocal effects would be killed if something terrible were to happen to the laptop.

It could be totally lame – A dude singing and playing guitar to some laptop backing tracks — is that cool? My favorite rappers generally just have backing track — or a DJ going through the motions if they’re rich and want to be super cool. Doing an acoustic show seems like a cop-out, but maybe having backing tracks is too phony.

Of course I’m sure something unexpected will happen instead. Who knows!

Posted on - November 13, 2007 [at] 8:59 pm by Brad
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6 Comments on this post

Chris Radcliff on Waterloo University show
November 13, 2007 at 9:27 pm

Prerecorded backup tracks worked for TMBG, so I’d say give it a shot.

Eric on Waterloo University show
November 13, 2007 at 9:44 pm

It’s all in how you sell it. Panther makes for an entertaining (if somewhat baffling) live show like so: (though I suppose a lot of the energy comes from the drummer; otherwise it’s not bad for just a guy with a laptop and a loop pedal).

marcus on Waterloo University show
November 14, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Probably it’d be good to have lighting effects, or a projector running videos or viz or something. Basically you want it to seem a step up from karaoke. Ensure you have as much going on live as you do recorded.

Najib on Waterloo University show
November 19, 2007 at 7:56 pm

I’ve listened to your tracks and I think we’ll enjoy your company here at UW Brad. Univeristy of Waterloo is full of techy nerds (like myself) that would be glad to help you out with any hardware or software malfunctions that you may encounter during your anticipated performance!

Tari Akpodiete on Waterloo University show
November 20, 2007 at 8:33 am

Brad, I found your site via Google cause I loved the song – Making Me Nervous – someone used in a machinima music video on the Moviestorm site.

Good luck with your UW gig, that’s my alma mater, and I know they’ll make you feel welcome!

Tari Akpodiete
Manager, Community & Communications

P.S. here’s the link to the video, so you can download it if you haven’t already
– creative commons license.

Austin on Waterloo University show
November 21, 2007 at 6:23 pm

I should be attending this as long as there is no age restrictions or if it’s a student only thing but i think it going to be pretty sweet either way

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