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The Solo Gigger: Movin’ Out (?)

By Bill Evans

by Riley Wilson One of the critical factors for successful solo musicians is to live in an area with sufficient work. Because some areas of the country or world change over time, moving can become a necessity. I have done this many times in my life for personal and professional reasons and the results have […]



By Riley Wilson

By Riley Wilson This month, let’s discuss specific gigs. In particular- your last gig. How’d ya do? I realize this is lousy English, but bear with me. Did you sound and play amazing? Did you connect with your audience? Did you get any tips or hand out lots of business cards? These are important questions […]


The Solo Gigger – The Paperwork

By Riley Wilson

I am in the process of finalizing my tax returns. I need a break so it feels right to write about it. The old joke “the job’s not done- until the paperwork is finished”- is sadly appropriate here. Without getting into the ramifications of a simpler tax code during an election year, paperwork is a […]


Sequencing Options Part 2

By Riley Wilson

Back in  the dark ages when one had to actually book time in a studio to make a real recording, there was a “joke” that said, “you aren’t a real engineer until you’ve erased at least one mastered recording.” In 1991, I was sequencing a completed drum part with an Alesis HR-16 drum machine. “Love, […]


Sequencing Options – The Solo Gigger

By Riley Wilson

A while back, I did a column on learning new material. This month, let’s tackle sequencing a new song. This can be as simple as programming a drum rhythm to creating a full blown, multi part sequenced performance.


Rap – The Solo Gigger

By Riley Wilson

I am not a fan of rap. However, we should discuss what happens onstage when you aren’t playing. Onstage patter, rap, talking to the audience, or any other name you wish to call it- it’s important.


The “A” Word – The Solo Gigger

By Riley Wilson

Let’s discuss the one thing that will guarantee your success or failure. One word that makes the difference in being happy or miserable throughout your life. That word is Attitude. How’s yours today? If it’s not as chipper as you’d like, read on.


THE SOLO GIGGER- Doubles, Anyone?

By Riley Wilson

It’s summertime and the gigging is easy. Well, maybe not every day or week, but if you’re developing your show and getting some recognition, you might be able to book two or more shows in a single day. I have booked four such doubles gigs this year, and hope to do a few more before […]


Gig Travel – The Solo Gigger

By Riley Wilson

How do you get to your shows? Planes, trains, automobiles, boats, bikes or on foot? There are many ways to get from point A to point B in 2015. Here are some important factors to keep in mind that will help you remain prompt, punctual, and professional.


Live Entertainment Economics – THE  SOLO GIGGER

By Riley Wilson

I spoke with a client just last week who wanted to book me for a three hour private party. He had already seen my video on YouTube and liked what I did. This was his wife’s 50th birthday party and he wanted it to be memorable.  He then said, “ your price quote is a […]

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