Kaki played first - 4 tunes - 3 from her new album and 1 from her last album - all with her band. They did a scaled back - low volume version of the tunes in our little space.
Then I played - 4 tunes solo. The reason I went second?
We have 2 kinds of shows in our space. House Shows - company staff only - and Listener Shows - where we recruit fans of the artist on the radio to fill the audience.
This show was a house show. Since no one at the company has seen me play - there was pretty good interest to see me. The room was fuller by the time I went on (home turf advantage I guess)
It worked out well.
Performance wise - I played fairly well, but I still have the issue of rushing thru my tunes live. No matter how slowly and deliberately I practice - when I go live - I rush. I need strategies to deal with this.
There's video - and it was recorded - but there were some audio issues - so I'll have to spend some time with the tape to hear how it went. I'd like to get at least 1 video out of this performance to post up here.
After the show Kaki gave me props and immediately wanted to play my bass - the MTD. She messed around on it for a few minutes - playing it both lefty and righty - she complimented it's sound. We chatted about instruments (she has a new 7 string nylon string fanned fret she's pretty psyched about) about music - her new direction with her new album - other artists.
I asked her about changing directions with her latest release - pretty much not doing any of the kind of playing and music that she made a name doing. Kaki has a fairly long view of her musical career - she knows she's young and has plenty of years ahead to put out more guitar records. But she won't put them out unless it feels right and she can be excited and challenged by it.
I remarked that some of my favorite artists are those who aren't afraid to re-invent themselves - to take chances and challenge their audience. She agreed and added "and challenge yourself". Kaki is clearly doing what Kaki wants to do - I have the utmost respect for that. We also talked about a few really talented artists who seem to keep releasing the same thing over and over. It's something Kaki clearly wanted to avoid by taking on new musical directions. Her latest probably won't be my favorite Kaki music - but I respect what she's doing with her career and hope I get to the point in my music where I have confront moving away from the things I've "become famous for". Ha!
Next up on the appearance calender- Bass Extremes Weekend in Myrtle Beach!