From the mid-nineties to the mid-aughts (or the “naughties”, as my co-worker Gil called the double-o decade), I played a lot of gigs in NYC. I also played a few shows out of town– not many, but enough to know that the New York music scene was pretty unique. It seemed as though whereas elsewhere clubs and people were happy to have bands come play, in the City local bands were made to feel as though they were fortunate just to be booked. This was probably true, as there were (and still are) a limited number of venues available and every college student owned at least one guitar (note: guitar ownership may be a requirement for liberal arts college admission).
As I got into more video production at work, I noticed parallels between shoots and gigs. Here are five lessons I learned from gigging and how I applied them to my work.