Who picks the music they play at concerts when the band isn't playing?
July 18, 2008 7:59 AM Subscribe
Who picks the music played at a concert when a band is not on stage and why do they pick the songs they do?
posted by cptspalding to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've always wondered who picks the music played at concerts when a band is not on stage, such as the period between opening act(s) and headliners and while people are filing in/out.
Are the choices made by the headliner (or someone associated with the headlining band/performer), the record label, the house, or the person running the soundboard? Is there any rhyme or reason behind the selections such as a label wanting to promote a certain artist, or the band trying to give exposure to artists they like, respect, etc.? For those who have gotten to do this, are there any "rules" you've followed to help manage the crowd's energy level, enthusiasm, etc. ?
I've been to some shows where it seems that a lot of care has been given to the music played during these interstitial periods and it really enhances the experience by either acting as a "pallet cleanser" between acts or continuing to build a certain energy level or vibe.
While at some shows it seems like someone just plugged in an iPod, set it to shuffle and walked away.