A Q&A with Nicky Bomba

What's the biggest difference between playing a Parlour Gig and playing a venue show?

Definitely the intimacy you get when you are in that environment  People also seem more relaxed to let their hair down amongst friends and in a familiar environment.

I've had some classic scenarios where the host has come up to me after the show saying...'That is the first time ever that we've seen so and so have a dance'

 

What was the best thing about your Parlour Gig?

They are all different in their own little way but I did one out bush and the whole place was decorated like a Calypso party and they even learnt 3 of my songs.

(I had to learn the words in a hurry to save face!) 

 

What was the most difficult thing about the shows?

Getting the flow of the evening is crucial. You don't want the performance happening while people are queuing at the BBQ for food. It happened once... and only once..

 

Is it weird to play at people's houses?

Not at all. I'm very comfortable with that environment. I always manage to get into the kitchen to see what's in the fridge too. Sometimes even during my set..

 

Would you do it again? Why?

Absolutely! I think these type of performances are close to what music and songs are designed for. Storytelling, singalongs etc in a small group where you can feel the energy 

 

What would you change if you did it again?

I'd have someone set up and set down the sound gear for me.   It's the last thing you want to do when you're energy is spent!


Any other comments/feedback about Parlour?

I think you could develop a national touring circuit of house parties. Australian House Party tour. I'd do it in a flash!

A Q&A with Fraser A. Gorman!

Fraser A. Gorman has just wrapped up his first Parlour Tour and we've had one of the best responses from hosts and guests yet! So we thought we'd ask him a few questions about his experience; here are his answers.

What's the biggest difference between playing a Parlour Gig and playing a venue show?

I'd say the biggest difference is the space and the intimacy that comes with it. Obviously playing in people's houses/backyards is usually a smaller, more intimate affair so the literal connection between you and the audience is up more close and personal. I say that in a nice way, it's a lovely environment to play tunes to a really receptive audience.

What was the best thing about your Parlour Tour?
The best thing about the parlour tour was the lovely reception from the guests/punters, the very adequate and efficient payment system and the super fun shows I got to play and music I got to share with heaps of really nice people from across the country. Also at pretty much all of the shows, I got fed a meal (or some kind of food, that was lovely, thanks hosts!).

What was the most difficult thing about the shows?
To be honest, nothing was really difficult about them at all. 
I had to set up and pack up my own PA at the gigs, but that's no big deal. As a musician, I'm used to bumping in and bumping out of venues so doing more or less the same thing in houses and backyards was just as easy. I had no crew so I had to do sound too, but my PA is very simple and I know how to make it sound great.....
So nothing was difficult about the shows at all.

Is it weird to play at stranger's houses?
This question comes up a lot from many different people... and the answer is, not at all!!
I'd played a few house concerts in the past, and they were always wonderful experiences. It's basically the purest exchange of music you can have with someone, so I really like it.....
And as far as "weird" goes..... try doing a regular extensive tour of Australia in regional venues.... then you'll really know what "weird" is... haha
Playing original music outside of the capital cities of Australia can be quite difficult sometimes, for a variety of reasons.

Would you do it again? Why?
Absolutely, I honestly had a really fun time doing the tour and found it to be a really positive experience. I want to try and figure out a way to do one with a band one day...

What would you change if you did it again?
THIS IS KEY (for musicians considering doing a parlour tour)
You can get an iPhone attachment from Officeworks called "square" I think, it's an EFTPOS machine for your phone.
It allows you to sell merch after your gigs to people who don't carry cash (AKA everybody in the world these days).....
I only had this EFTPOS attachment at my last 2 shows of the tour and it made a big difference....
Every working musician in the world should get this app/attachment thingy.....

Seriously.

Any other comments/feedback about Parlour?
I think the concept is great and especially important for being a touring artist living in Australia where there are very limited cities and venues to play music in nationwide.....
I would strongly suggest to any musician that I know considering doing a parlour show or shows to get out there and do it. The Parlour staff are total legends too and are very helpful and easy to work with, for the musician and for the gig host.

Top Parlour Gigs of 2016

As we come to the end of yet another exciting year of live music, let's go back down the lane of memories that was 2016 and revisit some of our favourite Parlour Gigs from the year.

Big Smoke at Em's place "Big Smoke are undeniably one of the best bands kicking around the traps of the Melbourne music scene. The lyrics, the harmonies, the on-stage banter, they’ve got it all and they’ve got it in spades. They stripped down their usual folk-country-rock setup, to a much more ‘uncooked rice in a bottle’ type vibe. And they even do that brilliantly."

Big Smoke at Em's place
"Big Smoke are undeniably one of the best bands kicking around the traps of the Melbourne music scene. The lyrics, the harmonies, the on-stage banter, they’ve got it all and they’ve got it in spades. They stripped down their usual folk-country-rock setup, to a much more ‘uncooked rice in a bottle’ type vibe. And they even do that brilliantly."

Oh Pep! at Kat's place "While the dark beauty of their music kept us quiet and eager for more, there were many moments where the duo’s dry sense of humour broke the ice, and the night became an entertaining and sentimental experience for everyone present."

Oh Pep! at Kat's place
"While the dark beauty of their music kept us quiet and eager for more, there were many moments where the duo’s dry sense of humour broke the ice, and the night became an entertaining and sentimental experience for everyone present."

Eastward at Wild'n'Free HQ "Eastward’s lose-yourself instrumental tunes got WildnFree‘s guests deep in the dreamy vibe, sitting close together getting their minds blown by all the beauty."

Eastward at Wild'n'Free HQ
"Eastward’s lose-yourself instrumental tunes got WildnFree‘s guests deep in the dreamy vibe, sitting close together getting their minds blown by all the beauty."

Tinpan Orange at Steph's place (and the first Parlour Tour) "Enter Tinpan Orange. A band that has been on the scene and on the touring circuit for the best part of a decade. An unbelievably talented trio; every one of their live performances I’ve witnessed has been as incredible if not more than the last. And this gig was no exception."

Tinpan Orange at Steph's place (and the first Parlour Tour)
"Enter Tinpan Orange. A band that has been on the scene and on the touring circuit for the best part of a decade. An unbelievably talented trio; every one of their live performances I’ve witnessed has been as incredible if not more than the last. And this gig was no exception."

Jordie Lane & Clare Reynolds at Kath's place "Jordie and Clare Reynolds stopped the whole room in their tracks. Such powerfully talented musicians, songwriters and storytellers, Jordie and Clare took us through a journey of old and new tunes, including songs from the latest album, Glasshellland"

Jordie Lane & Clare Reynolds at Kath's place
"Jordie and Clare Reynolds stopped the whole room in their tracks.
Such powerfully talented musicians, songwriters and storytellers, Jordie and Clare took us through a journey of old and new tunes, including songs from the latest album, Glasshellland"


This is just a small selection of the hundreds of unbelievable gigs we had a hand in throughout 2016. We can't wait to see what gigs 2017 has in store and we hope to see you there!

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