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What a pile of wank..
as long as the audience aren't expecting the next louis ck/oasis.
I'm glad they exist though - probably never would have (a) later done any proper gigs and (b) met some awesome musicians if I hadn't been to any.
Most of the musicians play their set and then fuck off and don't support the rest of their fellow musicians.
Open mics as a concept are a great way for people starting out to build their confidence and to establish rapport with an audience. If you feel you're transcended them then don't bother with them...
Surely the whole concept of a gig or an open mic (theoretically at least) is you're providing a form of entertainment to anyone in the audience who wants it. If someone doesn't want to watch you, I don't see any reason they're obliged to just 'cos they're also on the bill.
The last thing I want if I play a gig somewhere is one of the other bands who's bored shitless and not really into what I'm doing, carrying on and watching out of a sense of duty. Nice if they do stick around by choice, of course, but I'd far rather it was choice than obligation.
Besides, might be the other act who are sacking off early have got friends or loved ones or children or pets or something to get home to.
Sometimes they are shit, but lots have a really nice community feel to them, and it is good to be forced to play in front of people who don;t give a shit, lets you find out what works and what doesn't.
There used to be one upstairs at the Princess Alice, now THAT was shit. And full of cliquey idiots.
Laughable musical performances too. People who thought they were Marcus Mumford or something.
Thought i'd better correct that little typo for you
You would expect it to be like a slightly more up-market soup kitchen.
Suppose you're not gay, either, so hey ho.
It made me chuckle.
not been to one since
stand up.. different beast.. they're ok...
the music ones.. where you get bands turn up play one song then fuck off, can do one.. bag of shite.
best music ones are where theres loads of instruments and loads of people playing random ones jamming with each other and playing random covers.
open mic nights are a land of contrasts
xylo's was great and I totally resent it not happening any more. there I said it.
It's all been worth it.
but I'm scared. My poetry's awesome obviously but I get weak at the knees talking to more than two people at one time.
It was referred to as a "poetry jam" (or maybe a poetry slam, either one is pretty embarrassing though). One of the acts was a bloke reading out the personal ads from the Metro over a drum machine. Think I ruptured something trying not to laugh.
but everyone was quite drunk and it was totally acceptable to laugh. one girl read out her timetable.
definitely acceptable to laugh
I'm sure all your poetry is ace, but doing a serious reading of poetry in the upstairs room of a pub somewhere is only going to end one way.
I don't really like poetry either.
with a bunch of similar floor-starers who do this despite having 0% confidence
We can all have a little cry together.
So they're alright by me.
But always shit.
i was once at an open mic where a girl did some sort of operatic a capella version of a scottish folk song (or something) and it was pure amazing
with a contact mic, a loop pedal, some spoons and a harmonica. Used to loop himself beatboxing and playing the spoons and singing the blues and stuff, was absolutely mesmerising
can we get all of these kinds of people into one magical open mic night plz
loop pedals at open mics are the new acoustic guitars at open mics
sounds like i would enjoy these newfangled trends
there was an act that was just a guy singing really unfunny (attempted comedy) rubbish and playing the bass with a loop pedal
who had a song called 'I'm fucking grandma'
there were far too many unfunny attempts at comedy songs in fact
if it was an aggressive hip-hop-styled track by a rapper called 'grandma'.
The only ones that work are ones that have been running long enough to have regulars and a resident compere and it feels like a community thing. London ones are all terrible. My boyfriend runs one that I go to every other week (it runs concurrent Tuesdays to my pro night) and while it's nice to speak to old friends and keep an eye on who's coming through, you have to sit through some really depressingly poor performances. It takes years to get even halfway good at it, and audiences generally have no appreciation of just how difficult it is, so can't understand why the standard is so low.
a more ecletic group of acts you couldn't wish to see. As long as, as an audience member, you go along not expecting to be crying with laughter after five seconds and generally not be a douche/be supportive, it's good fun. I've performed on the open mic comedy circuit in london a few times and it's well fun. Would recommend the one at Dirty Dicks in liverpool street, they often get good headliners. And it's free.
Sometimes the queues are HUGE.
That's a cracking night. Really small but they get a lot of decent acts on. Some cack, mind, but also some great ones.
and say that the Camden Head probably isn't in Angel, like.
you win this round.
Been in a couple of places that have had one on, and the quality was pretty shocking. No voice projection at all, just badly mumbled cover versions.
Could imagine one being quite fun if the standard was good, and had a jamming aspect to it.
Or do I mean idiomatically?
it's really easy for people who see themselves as 'real musicians' to take a dim view of people who would just like to have a crack at performing and not feel like it's an exclusive club.
I think the occasions where you get people just showing up to see their mates are when you get the performers who believe in their head that they're some kind of nearly-famous brand and that can make the whole thing a little arrogant, a little sad.
But on the whole I think it's very easy to sneer at a bunch of people who love music wanting to try and bring out their own confidence, learn a better proficiency and just ultimately share a song with people who are supposedly open minded.
It's really easy to think like that but it's also wrong.
I wouldn't go to an open mic now but, when I first moved to London, it was pretty much the only avenue I found to make friends.
and that's especially why the sort of people pretending theyre stars sort of fuck with that dynamic because it gets cliquey
but without exception the only people who play them are losers who havent got any mates to start a band and whos mummy paid for their lessons and make them a generic identikit guitarist whos about as charismatic as a tea towel