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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rjtwangs, Oct 23, 2017.
How sharp dressed are YOU???
In my opinion, what a performer wears on stage just needs to be authentic as to who they are in life.
For me, that means worn out blue jeans with real holes, a 20 year old T-shirt, boots or All-Stars, and a Longhorns ball cap, probably backwards.
I don’t generally “dress up” for the kind of gigs I’ve played. Though I was in a band several years ago that played a lot of 80s pop for high level corporate parties... and I did dress nice for those... slacks and a tucked in dress shirt and black dress shoes.
I thought that pic was Jim Carrey at first. Hilarious.
Dress for the gig. Starting listening to some interviews/podcasts with guys who make actual money (a living even) playing music. Their #1 or #2 piece of advice: Dress for the gig (whatever vibe the artist or band is going for). My advice: No shorts unless your shirtless ala RHCP, dress like you tried and tan pants will stick out when everyone else wears black.
Tan pants, hawaiian or bowling shirt, sunglasses, blooze hat, either flip flops and socks, cowboy boots or chucks with a nice belt where i clip my cell phone.
Black jeans, black t-shirt and white dad sneakers also are doable.
Tip for the more portly players - shaving your head and growing a goatee will make you look like a ripped bad ass!
My mantra is "WWAEW"? That is, what would Alejandro Escovedo wear? That man always looks tight without being crazy. Nels Cline and Pat Sansone in Wilco are also a nice model for how to be a bit "stage dressed and trendy" without being over-the-top.
I've probably gotten dressier on stage over time. Fitted black T shirt with dark jeans or trim "chinos" (red, slate blue or charcoal - sorry, not khaki color) if it's a really hot room. Otherwise, long-sleeve button up shirt. Trim spot-coat or funky coat that inevitably comes off pretty quickly. Usually a nice dress shoe or dress boot. But sometimes high-top Chuck's make a nice contrast if I'm in a "suit".
Man, you better be able to bring it if you're wearing matching boots and a suit - especially in that color!
I try to look a little better then the audience. Someone once told me that if the audience can't tell that you're in the band when you're sitting at the bar, you're doing it wrong.
Bands that dress like they just got done washing the car don't do much for me.
That's about as great as ol' George ever looked and it appears to be right after this lady started telling him to ditch the brush cuts :
Exactly that with an Antigua Tele.
Depends what it pays. One might pay nothing, one might pay a lot!
Jeans, boots, a shirt that's loud but not too loud. Just enough to set myself apart from the crowd.
I play with a couple of tribute bands that do corporate gigs, and I end up going with a full suit for those.
Jeans and a paisley pattern shirt.
Hank Snow and his band were sharp dressers .
dress like you're in motorhead.
Dress like a musician. There's should be no question you're on the gig. That means dressing better than the crowd.
Back when I did a 70's rock tribute show the whole band tried to be authentic as possible. Grew our hair out (no wigs!), got in shape and wore clothes that felt right for that era. We also used period correct gear (which explains Troy's Vistalite kit!).
To me a concert is a show and I like to be entertained visually as well as aurally, so that's how I vote.
And it worked. You look famous.
I try to dress better than the audience as a courtesy at least. They are paying me usually.
It's in line with having cables you need and being on time for sound check.
You don't play for people looking like a slob unless that's the kind of show you're playing.
I try to wear nice shoes, nice fitting pants that flatter me rather than make me look like I just got done golfing in the 90s. I wear button up shirts most of the time or plain black V neck t shirts. I like silk/cotton and floral prints for visual stimulation and breathability.
I will wear a tweed jacket/fancy sweater if it's chilly over a sweatshirt/hoodie.
I am not into the 90s "let's just play in our work clothes from Food Lion" thing. Honest? Maybe. Lazy? Probably. Unprofessional? Definitely.
Nice! Maybe it's because KISS was my first interest. Then came Van Halen and they dressed up their own way as well. The grunge thing didn't appeal to me dress-wise but to each his own.
Plenty of amazing music played by people dressed like they just rolled out of bed. It's all good, just not for me at this stage.
I'll get back to you in 30 years and we'll see how I feel