Originally Posted by Mertmo
And yet, this is one of the modern performing trends that annoys me the most.
It highlights the era of musicians in bedrooms, creating in a bubble.
I mean, is ensemble performing *really* that played out, that we all have to
show off how tech savvy we are by cloning ourselves live onstage with
Get a drummer!
Modern alt-blues duos... get a bass player! ARGGHHH
I think this is far more an example of people forced into a certain position by economics than a widespread desire to 'clone oneself' or be trendy and techy.
There are fewer and fewer clubs, paying less and less money for "bands". I know people who are semi-famous, have records out, a following, a 'name' if you will, who would love
to have a band, but can't book a tour that can support it. They do a solo or duo act - an 'unplugged' version of their record - because the logistics of a tour are prohibitive.
Drummers and bassists come to look like "mouths to feed". I am not condoning this, in fact, I am a drummer myself, and these days I think, I should have learned piano or guitar so I could get those solo or duo gigs.
So far, not much demand for solo drummer gigs!