News and Articles - Live Music
by Candido Bretto
"Live music." That common saying may contain some
truth, but these days the word "live" is having less
and less to do with music. For many people, a dj is their form
of live music. Despite what dj's would like to have you believe,
musicians make excellent entertainment.
In the first place, people enjoy human performance. Many musicians
like great athletes are multi-talented. They will croon on the
tenor saxophone right to your soul, then turn around and chunk
out a funky rhythm on a Fender Stratocaster. Can a dj play a
turntable behind his head or with his teeth? Professional musicians
love to sing and groove on just about any style of music from
a Frank Sinatra to Outkast. They especially enjoy playing when
the audience is responding to their performance.
In the second place, musicians are students of the arts. Musicians
do not merely "push buttons." They've had years of
practice in their homes, and they do their thing on stage. Unlike
dj's musicians do not try to sing over or add other loud or
strange noises to program music. Once a song starts it flows
to the end and in the unfortunate event of a power shortage
musicians can continue to entertain acoustically until power
is restored. Even non-professional musicians usually understand
"the show must go on" concept.
Lastly, one of the most attractive features of bands as entertainment
is the affinity between them and their audience. Watching a
great drummer is never boring because they're constantly moving...feeling.
An animated solo violinist playing an old wooden Stradivarius
violin has a much greater chance of reaching into your soul
and stirring your emotions than a dj with an array of magnetic
speakers and digital amplifiers no matter how great his system
sounds. It's an apple trying to be an orange. It's the difference
between human blood and electricity.
Contrary to popular opinion, bands can be affordable. Just like
with a dj, finding a band well in advance and securing them
with a low down payment, the price can be negotiated to avoid
costly or inadequate entertainment. Bands will even throw in
a free cocktail hour or an extra half hour at the end to secure
a date! Many bands are now offering "dj time." This
is when the musician hat comes off and the dj hat is put on
to play the Techno, House, Hip-Hop, etc...Genres of today. People
who have small parties should appreciate these characteristics
of bands. However, many people who have large parties opt to
have bands because they love the musician personality. In many
ways, musicians are the ideal entertainers.
Partybands.com is home to over 200+ bands from all around the
About the Author
Candido Bretto is a musician/songwriter and President of Partybands.com.
|Music for Film and
A Report from the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Conference
By Scott G (The G-Man)
"Forget the name of this thing," one audience
member said of The Hollywood Reporter Billboard Film and
TV Music Conference, "it's really all about the politics
and money it takes to put your music in a flick."
More than one attendee privately agreed.
The underlying truth of that position may explain the
conflicting points made by the more than two dozen speakers.
For example, Glen Ballard was optimistic while maintaining
a healthy dose of pessimism. Mark Mothersbaugh was elated
yet often reliant on quietly humorous sarcasm. Chris Douridas
was excited while being realistic and determined. And
so it went during the two-day event held at the Renaissance
Hotel in Hollywood, with every panel member upbeat about
many aspects of the industry while acknowledging that
there are lots of problems.