Queen that is why I said on this page that 2 licensed buskers were using amplification this week, which exceeded the allowable limit, which is 15 watts. I have come to the conclusion that amplification is not needed to be a good busker. I know the difference between 15 watts and 100 watts without looking at the amp. My ear tells me. A good busker does not need amplification to make money I have proved it Amplification is more quantity than quality. Let's take Dianna Krawl as an example, you put her on a designated busking spot on the waterfront (no amplification) and me on another (no amplification) who do you think will make the most money? I know, it's not what name you have or how famous you are or how rich you are that makes you money. It's the choice of material you choose in your performance, the way you perform and present yourself to the public, and also how you can get the public to react to what you are doing that makes you money. As for me Queen I will be a busker till I die. Lot's of people like accordion more than guitars. Out of all the buskers in Nanaimo 98% of them play guitar. Accordion is different Violin is different keyboards are different drums are different. If every busker played guitar along the waterfront there would be no variety. Regardless of what they did to us in the past damaging our reputation, taking unnecessary court action against us for protesting, or giving false information to the media about us we both know the truth. Eventually they will pay in one way or another for their ignorance. We now have a chance to be a part of creating a bylaw which will work for all of us and if we have complaints then we only have ourselves to blame.
you do have the advantage of being able to be heard before a guitar player.
i agree with you that choice of material is VIP
If my hundred watt amp is on two it is actually putting out about 15 watts. if we are to measure sound it must be in decibels not watts or distance.
We are on the same page just different instruments.
And as you know from past experience that i can not sing over four accordions without an a microphone. When I did we made three or four hundred dollars an hour instead of what you make now.
What about you and Piper? How many people does it take to create a music scene? Seems to me it might only take one person to do that.
Originally Posted by queen of the waterfront
I am not there anymore Th.
That last incident at the port property made me physically and mentally ill.
i have enough paying gigs for now and my CDs are selling .
I am allowed to busk at a popular resturaunt on Front street so i will get my fix there. I dont need the three licences I have and no one can hassle me or threaten to take my guitar away.
I will let you know the times and days.
I started playing when I was 8 years old I started to play in legions every Sunday for years, I watched people getting drunk and acting stupid, For the past 41 years I have played in bars, Legions, nightclubs, farmers markets, and hundreds of other events. In the past few years I have decided that I will be very choosy where I perform. I try not to do jams because my time is worth more than a group hosting a jam can offer with the exception of Queen because we are family. The best times I have ever had in those years have been busking. Busking has helped me financially to raise my family, I have 3 sons who will go way beyond what ever I achieved with my music. But for me busking is what I like doing and will continue to do for a long time. I like watching little kids dance to my music, I like meeting new people everyday from all over the world, I like getting pleasant comments from teenagers. I have no problem busking on my own and I have no problem busking with others regardless of what type of music they play. I only have a problem with unfair bylaws for busking that are not applied to all buskers who have the same license and rules that I have. It's time to change it for next year.
Thanks, Queen. But I still say, don't give up. But also don't let your anger or fear hamper anything you desire. But also, keep cool, keep a level head, and move forward slowly but surely. It's a tall order, but doable.
Originally Posted by queen of the waterfront
Positive people make positive things happen.
Today is the day .
We will be busking at The Red Martini Grill from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
We are there by invitation.
Come and enjoy lunch with two Nanaimo Songwriters.Please feel free to make requests. Our goal is to play great music for the public.
Comments and donations are appreciated. We want to show what quality busking is about
We will have CDs for sale as well as videos of our show at The Port Theatre in November of last year
Queen just be careful you don't get a ticket or arrested. That seems to be the norm for petty things in Nanaimo.