Last blog post before going to Edinburgh, so here’s one last bit of advice.
I got this advice from working with the owner of this blog site – Mr Ian Fox. Since I joined The Great Big Comedy Picnic in 2005, there’s always been a “run in CD”. This is a single mix of music which runs from when the get in starts until we start the show. In the case of Ian’s special run-in CD, the track culminates in the intro sting that actually starts the show.
There are some good reasons to have a run-in CD. Here are some of them.
Playing music in the room creates a nice atmosphere – a quiet room doesn’t set the mood for the audience waiting for a show to start.
Playing your music gets you in the mood – just using the Take That Greatest Hits album that’s lying around is nowhere near as good as using music you’ve selected.
The music starts to be synonymous with your show – you do a show over and over, the linkage between the music and the feeling of starting the show is a nice thing. It’s a gift from evolution that we get to associate music with feelings.
It seems more professional – it does.
It helps you pace your set-up – you don’t need to clock watch. You’ll have an idea that track X is the one where you’d better have finished setting up by.
Not bad reasons. You really have a few choices for how to make your CD. Here are some ideas:
- Have a continuous track with links between different songs – DJ stylee
- Just choose your favourite songs and let them play one after the other
- Put announcements into the mix so the audience know it’s 10 mintues to show time etc
- Put announcements, but lie about the actual timings, to make the audience think it’s sooner than it is – this sets a greater expectation and hurries people up at the bar if they think they’ve less time than they have.
- Put a big sting at the end which you’ll walk out to, regardless of whether you’re ready or not.
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