Hard Rock Rising Competition

Hard Rock Café Boston has Patrick battling it out LIVE for a chance to win Hard Rock Rising. But first – fans must vote! The top 10 bands with the most votes PLUS Wild Card picks will earn the chance to perform live at Hard Rock Café Boston.

The Grand Prize: the chance to perform in front of 40,000 fans at this summer’s Hard Rock Live music festival in Rome, Italy!

To vote for Patrick, simply CLICK HERE!

Live Artist of the Year

Limelight Magazine is seeking nominations for their 2013 Live Act of the Year award. To vote for Patrick, simply follow these 3 steps:

Email: limelightmusicawards@gmail.com
Subject line: Live Artist of the Year – Patrick DeCoste
Hit send!

That’s it! No wording needed, no letters of recommendations – just simply email them and copy/ paste the subject heading “Live Artist of the Year – Patrick DeCoste”.

See you at the shows in 2014!

Video From Arena Performance

On 08/09/13, Patrick and Rich performed at halftime during the Chicago Sky vs Connecticut Sun in the Mohegan Sun Arena. The video is in and picks up at the medley which included George Clinton’s “We’ve Got The Funk“, Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” and Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash Into Me” before jumping back into Patrick’s SRV-influenced “In Step“.

The video also captures the beginner of the 2nd song, “Slán Abhaile“.

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As bonus, Patrick was asked to perform his famed “Star Spangled Banner” just prior to tip-off.

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Like what you hear? Please feel free to download/ listen/ share to the originals!

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But Will The Audience Care?

Tone (noun \ˈtōn\): vocal or musical sound of a specific quality; especially : musical sound with respect to timbre and manner of expression

Tone can make or break a show. Venues get a bad rap if someone thinks a guitarist’s sound was sub-par when, in reality, it was the artist’s fault. Blown tubes, over-saturated distortions, too much bass/ treble and cheap cables may all be grounds for putting on a bad show.

If you’re an artist, the question becomes: if you go all out on your gear spending thousands while lugging hundreds of pounds worth of gear (think amp heads, pedalboards, amp cabinets, combo amps, etc.), will the audience care?

It’s said tone comes from the hands. If I were to plug in to the Edge‘s gear, I wouldn’t sound like U2. John Mayer would still sound like John Mayer if plugged into Angus Young‘s rig. To think with all guitarists in the world today we all have our own unique set-up is amazing.

From the guitarist’s hands comes the rest of the deciding factors: guitars (inclusive of string choice), pick choice (thickness, material, shape, etc.), cabling, pedals (inclusive of FX Loop and and how they’re routed) and amplifier/ DI options. Should two guitarists share the same set-up, will their pedal/ amp settings be identical? Probably not. But will the audience care?

With technology rapidly advancing, we may not be far from an amp modeler emulating a boutique amp with undeniable precision – we may be there already with such devices as the Axe FX II and the Kemper Profiler. In 2004, when Inside The Unsaid was being mastered, engineer Larry DeVivo was able to recite back exactly the amps, effects and guitars (including their model numbers) I used on the CD within seconds of listening.

But, again, will the audience care? Of course, there will always be gearheads and tone chasers looking for the next big thing while nitpicking the sounds of others. One of the first things I do at a show is checkout everyone’s set-up. Especially in the instrumental genre where the guitar is our voice, we better be comfortable with the sounds we’re putting out there.

That being said, yes, the audience will care about how you sound if you’re not satisfied with your sound. The audience will care if you clearly don’t. The goal of the artist is to put forward their best show with the most important part of that show being what you’re playing for them.

Of course, you can always pretend like you’re playing through certain gear when you’re actually not. It sure doesn’t seem like this audience cares those amps are fake:

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When Art Precedes Sound

On May 17th, a well-known, highly respected musician decided not to take the stage at a venue in San Antonio due to problems with the venue. I was shocked – or was I? Here’s my take on artists choosing not to perform when certain things are out of their control.

The Fan’s Perspective

Imagine this: it’s a Friday night and you’re one of 250 who paid $35 to see a rock show in the city. A member from one of your favorite bands has gone solo and is riding the success of a 30+ year run in the music business. Of course this artist could reunite with the band and sell more tickets in bigger venues – but this is THEIR time.

Your excitement has been building since getting tickets: the babysitter’s booked, pre-show dinner reservations made and your night will end with great music. Sadly, by the time you reach the front doors of the venue, your night is over. The artist showed but left hours ago with no word on why there would be no performance that night.

The Musician’s Perspective

Another town, another gig. After loading in, your sound check hasn’t been going right. Is it you – or the venue? You tweak things a bit but still can’t get your tone right but also know it’s not the first time sound has been an issue at this particular club.

The situation is addressed with the venue, the promoter and everyone involved. You use different mic-ing techniques, going “direct” (bypassing any microphones and plugging directly into the venue’s mixing board) and explore all options. Still, something isn’t right.

Then what? What happens next?

The Reality Of It All

If you’re DUg Pinnick of King’s X, you call it all off. His show was over well before it began (read about it HERE). When first sing this, I was floored – what a ballsy move! I know of musicians simply not showing to gigs or leaving the stage due to poor security but never due to sound. Pinnick’s support was overwhelming with assumedly most fans far removed from the situation making it easier to comment in approval.

But what if it wasn’t a well-known musician? What if you planned for it months ago and traveled a ways to see? As a fan, would you still have unwavering support for the artist?

One Person’s Perspective

His decision made me think about my situation. The tones I get out of my guitar are everything to me. If my tones are off, I’m off. I’ve never blamed anyone but myself if I can’t get it right. But what if I just knew it wasn’t my fault? What if a venue’s speaker(s) was blown, or poor cables were used or they cut corners on equipment?

Am I in a position to walk away from a gig? I know I can – but actually doing it becomes complicated. Every gig is an opportunity, regardless of where it is and who’s there. Someone’s always ready/ willing to take your spot. Having the benefit of gigging around Boston also means more friends and family attending shows for support. Can I leave them out to dry?

I’ve met DUg at the NAMM show. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve met and it’s obvious music is his life. For him to walk away, I can’t imagine how difficult of a decision it was – but for me, it’s not something I can do… unless of cousre I was gigging with DUg Pinnick.

Ed. Note: with at least 2 sides to every story, I found the club’s response HERE. The other bands, including guitar god Yngwie Malmsteen, played the show without incident (full review HERE). Requests for refunds from the club were honored.

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Your votes = 08/16 Show!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us to perform at the Midday Social’s “Battle of the Bands” event.  Because of your support, we are now scheduled to perform in Providence, RI on 08/16/13 at Platforms Nightclub!!

As posted on Facebook: Come celebrate local music with us on Friday, August 16 and watch 8 great bands compete to perform at the next The Midday Social!

All Ages | Doors at 7:00 PM | Only 6 Bucks

After a week long online poll and 1,279 votes the following bands will be performing in front of our celebrity industry panel of judges:
Fly Kite Canvas
Mals Totem
Mister Vertigo
SixTenConnector
blackbutton
Patrick DeCoste
Cad
Jessica Prouty Band

These bands need your support! Each band will get a 20 min set. The entire event will be aired live by 990WBOB. https://www.facebook.com/990wbob

The judges are: Scarpetti from 94 HJY, Marc Clarkin of Motif Magazine & Denny Rochefort of GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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Runner up prices include a song featured on the next Midday Records compilation, an interview on 990wbob, as well as other great prices soon to be announced.

Free Show – 07/31/13 (Rhode Island)

This show’s on us!  On Wednesday 07/31/13 we return to Rhode Island for a full band show.  Simply click on the image below (or this link), print the ticket, hand it in at the door and enjoy the show!

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Show Details:
Wednesday 07/31/13
Mardi Gras Club
Cranston, RI
9pm – Free!!
Courtesy of Bad-Dog Promotions

 

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