Friday, March 5, 2010

A sharp dressed band - look your genre

Today I had brought to my attention a blogpost on on whether clothing and venues can make or break a gig and a bands image. I must agree, both can. While it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that a bluegrass artist is not going to be welcomed with open arms at a death metal club, and most, MOST bands get that, the clothing line or lack there of, is another issue.
I have seen on countless occasions, bands who look like showing up to play was just an ‘afterthought’. They just grabbed their guitar and came. Others go to the other extreme… with over-the-top outfits that leave you wondering if you just found some French fashion show for the tasteless. And still others that forgot half of their clothes.

Musicians, please wake up here. What is the image you want your band to have?? Good music really is only half the battle. The other half is stage presence - looks - and personality. You can play the most awesome tunes that a country lover has ever heard, but if you look like a grunge rocker and have the personality of a street thug, do you think ol’ Billy Bobs Tavern going to want you back?

Now I am not saying every country music singer should dress like Porter Wagoner, nor should the pop singers take on a Lady Gaga look, but a little sense of style can go a long way.  Johnny Cash was a great example of how something simple as black can build you an image people respect and remember.

Build your image, create your own brand. Unless you are strictly a recording artist an have no wish to play live, you must remember the image you project visually is just as important as the music.

No, clothes do not make the band, but the right ones can make a world of difference in how the band is perceived by not only the audience, but the venue owners as well.
How did the song go?? .... Everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man ....

Later........Renagade where good Indies are building Great reputations.
Comments are welcomed


Gypsy Trading Company said...

I agree. There are so many great bands out there and the competition is fierce. We all have our own tastes and styles, but when your in the public eye, you have to remember that impressions is also a part of making it. The paparazzi is always waiting around the corner to bust you looking like ick! All bands should really pay attention to this. It is no longer about personal taste, it is public.

Great post Ren, as always.

Scout66com said...

This post is right on the money. When you get the chance to perform...and I don't say that are going to work. You are a professional. Show the people who hired you enough respect to think of hiring you again.

Janet Hansen

Jon Ostrow - MicControl said...

Hey, thanks so much for referencing the post we did on MicControl! I came across your blog and saw MicControl there in the first line and was thrilled!Im so glad that you enjoyed the post enough to continue the conversation on your own blog - thanks again and please feel free to get in touch with me at any time!