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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Ever Questioned Being in the FrontLine?



Jan 13th, 2011 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Anyone run into soundmen at venues who seem surprised the keys are on the frontline and not relegated to the "back 40"? Have always put my keys on the front line stage left. I just have one board and it's a 61 key(could never fit 88's on some stages we play)...so it doesn't take up that much room! Especially if one sings lead and backups. Have only run into this a couple of times but the last one was a couple of weeks ago...plus I also play rythmn guitar so for guitar songs I sing, I want to be on the front line with our other vocalists...

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Jan 22nd, 2011 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Attention Hound! 8v)



Jan 31st, 2011 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

And your point is?



Feb 7th, 2011 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

My wife and I scoped out a venue we are playing in a couple weeks. It was in the afternoon so the band wasn't there.5-piece band, and the poor keyboardist was turned sideways in the back of the stage. He had a mic too so that indicates he sings. Another victim of 'keyboardist abuse' LOL...arise to the front line I say!!



what exit?!?!
Feb 19th, 2011 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

I always set up in the front line...then if someone questions it I ask them why? I sing and play sax and am as animated as the rest. Keys are a lead instrument and if a guitar player who drifts in his own world with no regard to the audience gets a front line position why can the keyboardist who engages the crowd?

I think a lot of keyboard players ask where to set up and if its the back they just go there.



Mar 1st, 2011 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good going Gman! Yes, Keys are a Lead Instrument...um, if I would be asked to set up at the back of the stage I'm gonna keep walking, right out the door!

I also play rhythm guitar with a Shure wireless so I can move about when I am not playing keys which is nice! We are a 5-piece band. 4 in front with drums in the back!



hmm Hairy Eyeball not just for breakfast
Mar 9th, 2011 05:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

even better- in another band I front the keys are front and center. The drum kit is behind me and there is no question where I set up. I have gotten some questions about the set up before we play like I never saw that before, why are the keys in the front souldn't they be in the back?

then we play and all questions magically dissapear. But honestly the audience doesnt care- they just want the band to sound good and be entertained. Its usually a musician or wannabe musician who asks. Dont let it bother you but stand up for your spot on the front line



Mar 14th, 2011 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have actually seen that in other bands too. The front person is the keyboardist and they set up AND STAND in the front/center. Since we have a female front/vocalist she is in the center and I always set up to her direct right in the front line. Our bassist is on her other side and then flanked by our lead guitarist. Since I also play guitar and sing, I need to be in the front line. I had some 'Stage Nazi' at a Open Stage gig a couple years ago that absolutely had a fit when I plunked my keys down on the front Stage Right spot. Course, he was a guitarist HA HA!! I refused to move and had to get the club manager to tell him to shut the "F" up!!



Mar 14th, 2011 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can see our stage setup by checking out our gig pics on our website. I just use one keyboard on a double braced 'X' stand so it doesn't seem overwhelming. Dumped the "A" frames years ago!

Better Off Red Band



hmm Hairy Eyeball not just for breakfast
Mar 14th, 2011 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

yeah double stacked key rigs and A frames would not do well front and center

i dont know why people think that is the cherished guitar/vocalists spot

there is a great band out of New Orleans called Cowboy Mouth. Fred is the drummer and lead singer and the drum riser is front and center and everyone plays to his side and behind him.

Cowboy Mouth



Mar 14th, 2011 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool band gman! I think it's awesome a drummer and lead singer does that! Good to shake up moldy attitudes from the geezes!!

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