I'm sober when I play. It's a personal preference. Some people like to have a buzz, some like to toke up. I will drink after a gig, just not during. Drinking tends to make my anxiety level go up and I'm not down with that. Good Q!
Hm. Unlike most (from what I'm reading), I have to drink a bit of alcohol before I get onstage. I battle serious stagefright (even after 33 years of playing), and if I don't have a slight buzz, I'm too scared to get onstage. I normally will have a couple shots of Jaegermeister and a couple of Miller Lites before a show, then I'm fine. Once I start playing, I don't need to drink anymore (mostly just water), but it's that initial buzz that I depend on to get me onstage.
I drink some but never get drunk. Well, not "never". in 25 years of playing on stage I've gotten drunk 3 times. But I don't want to get drunk while playing. For one, I get tired easier and then the song starts slowing down. Then I realize I'm slowing down and speed up to compensate. I consider my timing to be my best quality so it irritates me to lose control of that.
I agree with many others here. I'm getting paid to play music and put on a professional performance, not to indulge myself in alchohol. The three times I got drunk was because the club owners were buying the drinks. :lol:
I think it's personal preference. For mee I'll drink a couple of Miller light's not more than 2 before I play than I switch to water after I start playing. Then I drink like a madman after the show.
I have to be in control of my faculties when I play I want the crowd to go away with a good feeling about the band not "The drummer was so wasted he couldn't keep the beat.
You know, another thing I noticed about drinking and playing. If I have just a little bit of alcohol, it makes me sweat like a pig! I don't sweat a whole lot at all when I play, but if I drink, it makes me sweat a lot. Is it just me?
I rarely get drunk, I do have a few beers while we play. I like beer, but I can't play under the influence very well at all, so I try not to do it to extremes. I used to smoke out every day, and I was convinced it made me more creative and relaxed. I've been off pot for about six years, and realized when I quit that it made me tense and I played sloppy... it's a waste of time, and the vast majority of pros don't touch it or booze while they play.
my old band and i used to drink like it was a sport! i remember one show (one of our better sounding ones) the bassist had to lean against his rig to stay upright! (i was sitting so i was ok)
my new band they rarely drink (singer dosen't at all) so i have a few, but nothing fun
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.
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.