OK, it was web TV, but it was still live, and I was guessing it would be pretty weird playing to a virtual audience. But in reality I had a great experience when I sat down for an interview and informal performance on the set of Lunch with Dan, a web TV show hosted every Wednesday by Dan Boul, owner of 65amps.
Here are some tidbits of advice from 10 ladies who have put their doubts and reservations aside (Yes, they still have them, but that’s a topic for another article). They’ve faced skepticism, arrogance, confusion, exhaustion and so much more. And they’ve been gracious enough to share a morsel of inspiration with all of you who are doing the same.
My day job is marketing and PR for music and audio. And that is why I feel the need to share with all of you, dear readers, some tips for getting your band and music in the news. So, here’s the first installment of some marketing and PR wisdom that I feel compelled to share with you, free of charge!
Lzzy Hale signed up for the rock and roll lifestyle at age 13. Now fronting and getting loud on guitar with Halestorm, Hale is just about as rockin’ as they come. With a new album at the top of the charts, the band is in full on touring mode, and it don’t get better than this.
As I learn about the many benefits and challenges of going electric, one question keeps invading my brain: Why are these tube amps SO DARN HEAVY?! And here’s where being a female musician can actually be a benefit, as most of the time someone will offer to help me move my amp around.
I did it. I played electric guitar live with the band for the first time. And by golly, it wasn’t as terrifying as I thought it would be. In fact, it was really fun! Honestly, even though I’ve played acoustic guitar for many years, most of the time when I perform live, my duties consist of singing only. No playing. Why? I dunno.
I got a taste of what playing through a really amazing tube amp felt like when I visited my friend Rich and plugged into his vintage Fender Super Reverb. Wowza! My eyes and ears just popped open. Now that’s what rock and roll feels like! So here’s the thing. If I was gonna jam on electric guitar with the band, I needed a killer, ballsy tube amp.
It hadn’t occurred to me that recording with an electric guitar would be all that different from recording acoustic. I was wrong. Over the years, I have developed a decent working knowledge of Pro Tools and have access to some nice mics. I’ve learned the proper mic’ing technique for recording acoustic guitar and have experimented with mic placement, mixing in the built-in pickup track, EQ-ing and more in order to get a pretty good acoustic recording.
I have an embarrassing confession to make: I’ve never played an electric guitar. What?! How can that be?! In all my years of working with amp brands like Marshall, VOX, Acoustic, Dean Markely and 65amps, and interviewing and writing about great players, I just never felt the inclination to track down an electric guitar and plug in.