I just did my first live show as a “solo artist!” Overall, it went great. I learned some lessons, some from things that went well, some from things that went wrong, or nearly did. Here are the top five:
1. You may be able to borrow loads of gear from people you know, but you’d better be prepared to pay for something if it breaks.
2. On a related note, there’s much to be said for paying a little extra for equipment with internal power supplies. Those external 9V adapters can be nearly impossible to replace.
3. Set up your whole system and rehearse on it, if at all possible. When you leave for the gig, you’ll know that everything works together and you won’t have to worry about forgetting something.
4. Never set a cup of water anywhere close to your gear. Almost learned the hard way on this one, but in the end it was just a close call.
5. Make sure you have fun. If you spend the whole time worrying if people are going to like your show, your nervousness will rub off on them. Sure, you want it to go awesomely well, but one gig won’t make or break you. Don’t sweat it – it’s a start.