Title says it all really. But to expand a bit… I’m just curious about the various reasons some electronic musicians might have for not playing live shows?
For myself (not a complete list, but just off the top of my head to get the ball rolling):
- Stage fright / anxiety.
- Not a big demand for electronic shows in my area anyways.
- Mainly compose in a DAW. Can’t be arsed to reformat entire songs on hardware. Can’t be arsed to buy a laptop.
*** Not trying to start a pity-party or garner encouragement to “c’mon, give it shot!”. I think I’m more comfortable with the idea of being a studio “mad scientist”, sound designer, and composer much more than an entertainer on stage. (and yes, I know some people can do all of those things.)
And yet, and yet… somewhere in the back of my mind I still harbor a tiny speck of a desire to play live at least once or twice, and if I’m brutally honest with myself - mainly just to say I’ve done it, or prove to people I can do it, not because I think I would have a great time in the moment.
Actually, what got me thinking about this subject is - looking at selling more hardware in 2018. I think I keep some of this hardware around my studio on the off chance I get crazy one year and decide to play an experimental music night at the local cafe. I find myself looking at certain pieces on my table, knowing I could use the money, but telling myself - yeah, but what if you want to play live? Keep it for now. Hmmmm. Perhaps I’m kidding myself just to have the occasional jam on certain bits of hardware when I know I do 90% of my best work in a DAW.
Anyways, mainly thinking out loud. Feel free to share your own stories and reasons for not playing live shows.