I’d appreciate input from folks that play live, improv or semi-improv, electronic music…
Do you find or have you found that the gear you use on stage matters with regards to getting gigs, your perceived “value” as a performance , etc?
Considering that so much of what we do could be done on gear that ranges from a laptop/ipad to a massive Kieth Emerson-sized modular rig, does it add more “value” to the performance if there’s more knobs, dials, blinking lights, etc. so the audience “gets” that you’re doing more than just DJ’ing tracks or pressing play?
For example, even if you’re jamming off a laptop or ipad, but you surround yourself with a bunch of physical controllers, etc. to make it look like Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, does that help your brand as a performer (i.e. seem more “serious”) vs if you went out and performed the EXACT same set off a laptop?
I mean at the end of the day it’s entertainment and there’s a reason Tommy Lee did drum solos on a rig that moved around like a roller coaster right?