Every gig must have a set list if you want instant flow for a show.
DDAT has struggled for a year with set lists and it's not getting any better!
Like every problem with DDAT, it begins with the bass player. Mike is very good at making our set list problem known but never writes one. We believe Mike wrote a set list for 2 shows out of a hundred.
Set lists usually fall in the hands of Nick and Delbert. Sometimes Chris will call tunes out of the blue and totally ruins the set. As you can tell it's a very complicated process and needs to be addressed.
The way a set list is usually written begins with procrastination. DDAT doesn't realize how many times the set list was forgotten, furthermore set aside til the performance. Almost 95% of the time the set list is written 5 minutes before the show. The problem with being an original band is trying to remember original compositions. Most tunes are memorable but if you are a bass player or a rapper, memorization can be difficult.
Delbert composed a tune called "Opener" which is used to "open" a show. Easy enough? Opener was made not for the sake of music but for a start and motivation to DDAT's set list problems.
Long story short DDAT begins with Opener. Now the real work begins.
When choosing tunes, DDAT doesn't call them out by names but by the worst mistakes made by a member of DDAT. For example,
"Let's play the one Def-i forgot the lyrics to! Ok "the move". What else"
"Let's play the one with the drum solo Nick always drops his sticks on. Ok "girl from naniamo". Next..."
"Let's play the one Mike ruined our world tour opportunity with. ok "iron horse gallup". What else?"
"Let's play the one Delbert always fracks and blames it on being tired. Ok "te'se". What's nexts?"
Now after seeing the process of DDAT's set list writing, you know why it's difficult.
After speaking with DDAT, they developed a new plan. The plan was to have index card necklaces with a variety of set lists on them. When asked how soon they would be utilizing them, DDAT said,
"when Mike purchases the pen, paper and necklaces."
For now DDAT uses a picture Nick captured and sent to email entitled Long Set List:
As you can see from the set list, Opener was placed in the no. 4 spot. This photo is proof of DDAT's lack of common sense. Geeeez... Sorry...
All in all, DDAT has played amazing shows using this set list and many others that were written on napkins, parking tickets, sushi receipts, etc.
Please remind DDAT to have a set list ready if you ever see them perform. If you plan on booking DDAT be sure to add "set list must be given an hour before the show".
Until next time!
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