In my band days, I was the guitar player, and it's kind of pointless to play guitar solos when there isn't a rhythm section holding down the rest of the song. So, I use backing tracks. Some of the trax I make myself, some I buy, then doctor to my liking... but all of them have a significant contribution from me in one way or another.
The singer-songwriter approach has never been my forte, but I'm inspired by the other performers here. We'll see how my act changes over time.
In 2020 I'm thinking about a road trip to meet and collaborate with other SJ performers. If you are interested in a visit/collaboration please contact me: email@example.com.
I spend most of my time outside StreetJelly just avoiding poachers.
Sometimes I go to the local watering hole and pretend to be a log in the water, in hopes of a dumb gazelle coming too close to get a drink. When that happens I try to lunge forward and bite them on the head until they're food. (You might have seen the video on NatGeo. )
Unfortunately, today's gazelles all have an app on their phone that gives them GPS coordinates of all the crocodiles nearby, so my presence isn't nearly as scary as it once was. So now I mostly hang out on SJ and listen to music. There are no gazelles here to taunt me.
Well, my backup band is made up of tiny crocodilian musicians. Unfortunately, because I use a green screen, they get cancelled out because they're green too. Upshot is, the SJ audience can't see the band. Occasionally when there is a keyboard solo being played by KeyboardCroc, somebody in the audience will say "Heyyyy... YOU aren't playing the keyboard solo! I want my money back!"
Imagine my embarrassment for the KeyboardCroc who wasn't getting any credit for his chops.
If I ever get to use OBS, you'll be able to see the croc band... but until then you'll have to suspend your disbelief that they are there behind me playing their cold-blooded little hearts outs out for you.
1) All of my gear is rack mounted and MIDI controllable
2) Band in a Box is used to create and edit the trax I don't buy
3) I use a laptop to deliver my backing tracks, specifically so I can embed MIDI commands in each song to automatically set volumes, effects, increase the gain for guitar solos, turn harmonies on and off, pick the right amp simulator for each song etc. I learned long ago that having to stomp on pedals was enough of a distraction to create train wrecks, so there is considerable up-front work in all of my songs to make everything happen seamlessly at the right time. Settings for each song are totally different
4) the modules in my rack are:
-- Behringer VAMP amp simulator/guitar effects
-- TC Helicon Voiceworks for vocal harmonies and FX
-- Presonus Studo Channel to add tube warmth, compression and EQ to vocals
-- BBE Sonic Maximizer (which magically makes streamed trax sound clearer)
-- Behringer Eurorack Mixer
“You made my heart sing.”
“Thanks for playing my song.”
“I bow to your Godliness.”