Although there’s certainly something to be said for going to a concert and just seeing people playing, I’ve always enjoyed bands who do a bit more than that. You’re up there on stage to give the audience a show, and to me, that includes more than just making pleasing sounds.
Since I’m probably not the most exciting of frontmen (I haven’t stood on a stage to sing since the 90s), I’m working hard on the visual presentation right now, finding clips and creating graphic elements that will enhance the experience for everyone involved.
Since we’re not the main act – as far from that as you can be, in fact – I’ve dialed down some of my more ambitious ideas, and will stick to projected movies. Although, they will be dynamic and controlled by me during the performance. This also solves the eternal prog singer problem; what the hell to do during the long instrumental sections.
I’ll be using the VJ software Modul8, and if I can properly work out the technical aspects of it, I will be live mixing visual elements that respond to the music while I’m not handling vocal duties. Early signs look promising, though.