Today I had brought to my attention a blogpost on miccontrol.com 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?
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.
How did the song go?? .... Everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man ....
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