When is a gig worthwhile? That's the question on my lips after last nights gig. The answer of course, should be 'all the time'. Whether its 6 or 600 people you are playing to. Well last night it was the former of those numbers. When you sell an album to a third of your audience it sounds great, wow all that money and exposure, but when the audience is 6, it's not that great.
Saying that we went on after some girl who left as soon as she came off stage with her mates, and we played a kind of 'best of set'. The word epic could be heard muttered from one of the 'audience's' lips after we finished The Preacher.
Several things still went awry though. Those who are regular readers may remeber that I suffered an ear infection from my time in Sri Lanka in June. Well, it never really went away and the last few days have seen me getting deafer and deafer. Right now it's like putting a sponge in my left ear. I have zero hearing in it. You try singing with one finger in your ear and see what happens. On top of that Jonathan broke a string (but give him credit, it has lasted 3 gigs) and his guitar decided to invent a new way to be tuned. Thankfully it was in our penultimate song so were able to play Dazed last. But as his guitar could not really be tuned, we worked it out that we could change guitars as I do not play the D string in Dazed. One thing I do do in Dazed though is play the highest fret on the guitar, and with Jonathans guitar actually HAVING no high fret or cutaway to get my hand up there it went a wee off-centre. That said, we laughed it off as the 'crowd' seemed to realise, and we came off stage to sell 2 albums.
The promoter was a sound chap (as well as the sound guy, badum...*silence*...) and we took from it £10 in sales to go in the kitty so I guess the answer to the first question remains the same, it was worth it. If those two people had not bought albums maybe my answer would have been different as there are several gigs I could state where we got zip out of doing it (not just monetary but emails, and general exposure), but we'll no doubt come across one of those gigs again in the future, in search of a gig where we end up selling our entire remaining albums (which are not many actually, selling well still!) and getting signed.
We can dream