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Should Artists Have Live Bands For Live Shows?

Should Artists Have Live Bands For Live Shows?

Music connoisseurs have welcomed DJ’s into the world of gigs and concerts; embracing them on a first name basis with access to the face behind the music and their sound portfolio. This is a popular culture amongst University lifestyle, festival season and live concerts. While the DJ holds the important role of setting the mood of the event he/she will work alongside the artist in providing a memorable experience for fans.

A perfect example of this is the impeccable Assassination Vacation tour that featured BBC R1 DJ, Tiffany Calver. This particular gig worked well in the sense that Tiffany welcomed fans to the genre with a healthy mix of Drake features and affiliates creating crowd uproar with the iconic line “can I bring a friend out?”.

It may be that in some circumstances it’s a hit,  but we also know too many nights have ended in utter frustration. Often saying “You couldn’t hear him over the track” or asking yourself, “why did I come to hear them sing over the song?”.

In all fairness, too many of us would have had a better time at home with a good Spotify playlist. Also, let’s be honest, singing over the track can also mask the lack of auto-tune in your favourite rappers voice; he’s good, but he’s no Beyonce.

We must question who is getting the better end of the bargain? the fan who knows every instruments queue on the track or the artist whose performance is verging on Karaoke?. It’s clear that while we’ve welcomed DJ and artist relations we’ve cut out the middle-man that is, live bands.

Is it value for money spending an average £70 and above for a festival gig at which the artists doesn’t compliment the instruments with a band?

Who doesn’t love to sing-along though right? It works well for the overall concert experience. However, receipts from the Hip-Hop hall of fame support the theory that a live band brings heaven to any song and shows off the artist’s flexibility also, it just sounds better. You simply have to look at the outstanding work of live band ensemble, The Compozers. For those who aren’t aware, The group are behind your favourite Live Lounge covers from Koffee to Unknown T. They’ve also accompanied J Hus at his iconic Park Life performance.

It’s not always the first thought when attending a gig, but next time you’ve got standing tickets and you’re halfway to your overdraft, ask yourself am I really getting my money’s worth? Can you hear every instrument used to make this song great? If not it’s time to question your favourite artist.

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