Looking for some opinions on what you would make of you went to a gig and it was just a guy and a laptop. This would mean the performer is literally just pressing play on the laptop - which runs the backing tracks they have made.
This would allow the performer (ie me) to actually concentrate on performing more. It also means the performer could interact more with the audience rather than thinking about the sheer workload they have going on at any given time.
I have done only a few gigs in my life and I want to do more. I really, really want to do more. I’m naturally a performer though and I feel like previous setups haven’t given me the chance to really “Perform”.
For example, I did a gig in Sheffield a while back. It was me and my laptop. The Mac was running the backing tracks and i was playing, rapping and singing along to them. However, I had 2 different keytars on stage with me, a microkorg and an acoustic guitar. Switching between sounds, making sure the correct backing was playing, ensuring the settings were right was a nightmare.
My set list comprised of the songs I was playing and a list of detailed instructions on what to switch when, what sounds to use etc. It sucks the fun out of it and doesn’t give me the chance to have fun, it becomes stressful and too much for just one person.
I could bring in some other musicians but I hate relying on other people and I am not a people person particularly. On stage, given the opportunity, I can be a completely different person without the stresses of doing things at a certain time.
My question is this, can somebody make up for “just pressing play” by being a captivating and confident performer? Would the performance side alone be enough to maintain interest? Laptop, mic and a human?