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BillRayDrums
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Post Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:48 pm

I've played with people who are stone sober and cannot groove to save their life. I've played with career alcoholics/drug users that are absolutely magical in their abilities.

If a person can hold themselves together at a gig on their preferred poison then more power to 'em. If it becomes a problem that they are late, apathetic about what's going on, etc. I am usually the very first to say something.

I've had band managers come up to me and rag me about drinking a beer before a gig- something about "Doesn't that mess up your timekeeping?" I tell them "I'm not a timekeeper. I am a musician. I play music. One beer is not going to ruin my abilities to do what I do."

However if things become a problem with your useage then you need to check yourself.

If you are a young kid I would suggest to stay away from drugs.
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Post Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:45 am

No room for drugs in my life let alone on stage IMHO.

Now like BillyRay... I've played with both drunkards and non drinkers with much the same experience as he...

I like to keep a clear head... alcohol can muddy the thoughts... AND the experience... BUT one beer before a gig to take the edge off??.. not a big deal for me.. I'ds rather a Red Bull though!

Here's one for ya... what about smoking cigarettes during a performance/show?
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Post Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:41 pm

as much as i love my camel wides,if i try to play with it in my mouth i get smoke in my eye which hurts lik a sumbitch,i cough wich throws off my time,and i burn my pants when it drops ash
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:53 am

I really don't like drunk musicians. A joint is OK (personally, I don't smoke BTW....) but anything else such as hard drugs (Meth, Cocaine, Heroin) I do not play with those musicians....much less hang out with that type of person..

I gave up a gig with a guy that, after playing his CD release party, I walked in on him smoking crystal methamphetamine. That was the last gig I did with him.Shame, as he was/is a talented musician.

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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:56 am

Tacky as hell.

Bun E. Carlos quit.....that pretty much made that whole "smoking drummer" thing go away. Smoking on stage is so 1980's.

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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:02 am

it depends on whether i can be bothered drinking anyway...... i tend to have like two beers before i go onstage because it just makes me relax n i put on a better preformance and i communicate easier with the crowd. i tend to notice that when im completely sober its not that i dont communicate.... i just find it harder. also i beleive that being relaxed means your less likely to make mistakes n i once put on a flawless set when i had drank 5 beers and another night i messed up so badly that the band had to stop mid song.......... when i hadnt had anything to drink. :?
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:21 am

I prefer to smoke before I play. I find it eases my body, totally relaxes me and my stagefright disappears.

I was in a bad accident 6 years ago (never suposseed to walk again), and took up smoking as a way to control my pain. Now, it`s part of me as a musician. My guitarist will dabble in the smoke once in a while, and it causes him to be unbelievably creative!

I`ve been known to have some beer while playing but I never get wrecked! I`m there to do a duty! I don`t want to embarass myself, not to mention, my gear is too precious to me to muck it up! PLUS, I need to drive at the end of the gig.

So I believe in smoke and alcohol, but in moderation. Unfortunatley, only personal experimentation and personal experience will teach you how much is enough. I think that finding that balance is hard to find. I also think that it`s stupid for anyone just starting out to be playing and experimenting. If you want to amount to anything, then getting fucked up and playing a gig is gonna affect yer abilities and you`ll soon be labelled in the wrong way.

SOmeone stated earlier that you should practice what you wanna play on stage. Well, maybe that`s best for testing your limits with intoxicants/drugs-> at practice. I know and understand that being on stage (big or small) is a different experience, that there is an audience energy there.

I find that getting the crowd off on my playing is intoxicating by itself!

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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:18 am

The best gigs i've played i've been stoned as a fart because i was so into it. At my 21st bday gig a while back i just got a load of my mates bands playing at a local venue and we ran up at the end of th night because i pretty much had to haha - i'd drunk the 3rd most i've ever drunk in my life by that point and we played tight as feck.
When we used to play sober(ish) we'd generally suck. Its the fine line between 4-9 pints, if your at the wrong end of that line the gig will suck as you cant really move much, or you've made the biggest mistake ever and broken the golden seal shortly before going on :lol:
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:53 am

i would never drink during a gig. it dulls ur senses and response time so itll cause you to play to slow or to fast and miss transitions. Alcohol will also cause you to dehydrate faster as well. So you might be feelin it for a lil but after a half hour of playing your gonna be done.
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:59 am

It was my tribute bands final show on 9/22, and while the opening bands appeared to take forever, I thought I'd have "just a few", and while I didn't totally suck, I was very disappointed in what a "few" did to me :evil:

Lesson re-learned, and it won't be happening again.
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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:12 pm

My personal preference is to be sober. My wife thinks it will loosen me up to play better with a buzz and .. I've not tried that yet and i'm a little concerned about trying it. I wouldn't get buzzed if it was a rehersal, or for real gig only if we were just having fun.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:34 pm

Alcohol wears me out too fast so I never drink before a show... I always play better and feel most confident with my playing while sober. My band's studio is the only place I drink and drum at.

Pot has helped my creativity a LOT when writing drums and made playing a lot more fun.....but over time I realized that I played sloppier high and I couldn't focus as well so no more THC-induced drumming for me unless I have writers block...which is almost never.

I play mostly metal so drinking/smoking before I play is kind of like drinking/smoking before running on a treadmill.
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Post Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:24 am

i play a lot of fast rock, metal and i dont like getting drunk or toking up before a gig, cause i get out of time(im a bit of a lightweight) and spinning sticks drunk is hard (i love tommy lee)
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Post Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:12 am

1 or 2 Red Bull & Vodaka before the show, then H2O.
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Post Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:16 am

RADAR1112 - I love that drink, think it's my favourite :)
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