My band is an awesome group, and we’re quickly growing and getting bigger shows – but we don’t have a stage backdrop or scrims. This problem resonates with us deeply, because we hear this problem from bands every day. Rock n’ roll bands always make a scene on stage – but what about your stage backdrop? Stage backdrops are a key factor in your stage presence, so it’s absolutely essential that you consider this inexpensive addition to your band at your shows. Here’s a solution to this problem.
Design Your Stage Backdrop The Right Way
Rock n’ roll bands often play in dark, dimly lit clubs and bars. The lighting on stage may or may not be adequate for your fans to make the small logo on your drum covers or bass heads, let alone a stage backdrop. Mendy, the band backdrops and stage scrims specialist has the following recommendations to make sure your stage backdrop makes a difference:
- Bright colors vs. Pastel Colors
- Size And Design Of Logo
With over a decade printing stage backdrops for bands and band scrims, we have seen a lot of artwork from bands across the spectrum of the music industry in the US and Canada. The number one no-no is pastel colors, in our view: pastel colors like pink, grey and green are colors that blend in with each other. A stage backdrop that is designed with soft colors will NOT make an impact in your audience’s eyes, since all your artwork will blend in their eyes.
Always make sure your stage backdrop contains bright colors that contrast sharply with each other. This will ensure that your logo POPS in any venue.
The logo size is another super-critical aspect in your stage backdrop. If the logo is too small and is surrounded by busy artwork, it will get lost in your audience’s eyes. We’ve seen too many pieces of artwork that look fantastic in theory, but unfortunately do not make a mark in your fan’s eyeballs.
The logo or the name of the band should therefore always be front and center, and the design should be minimal so your design PUSHES the logo into your fan’s eyeballs.
Get the right material. There are various materials that we can print on, but for the most part, we recommend 70/30-vinyl mesh. This is a fantastic material in that it both holds colors really well, it is very rugged and it’s light for easy travel on tours. For 90 percent of the bands we have worked with in the last decade, they have found this material to be the ideal choice for stage backdrops. It will print beautifully with your artwork and provide your band with the best bang for your buck.
We also offer a beautiful 13 oz. Solid vinyl, which is heavier than the vinyl mesh but it is a solid material. In terms of fabric materials, we can print band backdrops on dye sublimated poly poplin. This is a stunning fabric that prints artwork with excellent color reproduction. There are other materials and plenty of finishings too to make it easy to set up your stage backrop.
To learn more about designing and buying a stage backdrop or stage scrims from please email Mendy. I’ll be happy to work with you.
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Buying a stage scrim is a great first step to building your band’s identity. Now, you can easily set up your stage backdrop or scrim by following NorthcoastBanners simple video. For about $15 in PVC piping, you’ll have your stage banners and band scrims set up in minutes.
6’x6′ Stage Stand
- Sharpie Marker
Materials for the Stage Stand**:
- 4 – 1″ x 10′ PVC Pipe
- 2 – 1″ 90 Degree Elbow Joints
- 4 – 1″ Tee Joints
**For two stands just double the quantity of the materials.
Costs for Stage Stand Materials
Costs for everything is around $15 from your local hardware store
Cut PVC Pipe to the Following Lengths:
- 2 – 6’2″ (74″) * Top and Bottom
- 2 – 5’7.5″ (67.5″) * Sides
- 2 – 7″
- 4 – 12″
**For different size banners, add 2″ to your banner’s width for the top and bottom poles, and subtract 4.5″ from the banner’s height for the vertical poles; this is to accommodate for elbow and tee joints. These dimensions may be slightly different for you depending on your materials.
Assembly Process for the Stage Stand:
- Assemble feet first, followed by attaching the side poles (67.5″ Lengths) to the feet.
- Slide the top and bottom poles (74″ Lengths) through the pole pockets on your stage scrim and then attach to the sides.
Stage Stands Outdoors:
For outdoor uses, we recommend placing sand bags or some sort of weight at the bottom of the feet for added stability.
For more information on stage banners, stage scrims, stage mesh, or stage stands please feel free to call us at 973-234-2201 or request a quote.
Stage scrims look great indoors in small clubs and bars. In fact, a well-designed band scrim can make for a great stage backdrop or scrim even in a large outdoor venue. Here’s some tips for buying stage and band scrims.
1. Consider your budget
For new and up and coming bands, it’s important to consider your budget before you make any investment. It can be tough starting out, so that’s why we created a Touring Band Special on our band scrims – click here to learn more about the specials. 6’x6′ is our most popular size for stage scrims, and they look great on stage.
2. Prepare your design before you buy a stage banner
Take the time work with a good graphic designer on our band scrim design. Make sure your logo or artwork for your stage backdrop contrasts sharply so that your colors POP. We have some great tips for designing a banner.
3. Buy the right size stage backdrop or scrim
It’s critical to consider how you will use your stage backdrops or band scrims. Do you play indoors mostly, at bars and nightclubs? Or does your band get a lot of outdoor shows at festivals? Think about how much space you’ll have on the stage to set up your stage backdrop, and how you will hang the stage banner.
Here’s some great photos of stage scrims being used indoors and outdoors.
Every band needs a stage backdrop, and every brands needs a backdrop too. In a industry where bands are a dime a dozen, it is absolutely critical that your band stands out.
How can you make sure your band doesn’t disappear into the crowds? What will a stage backdrop do for your band? At Northcoast Banners, we have a simple rule that holds true for every band: Stay Remembered.
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A stage backdrop is the most inexpensive and effective way for your band to be remembered long after your show. At every nightclub or bar, there’s a lot more going on in addition to your music. The lights are often skimpy, the crowd noise is can be deafening, and crush of people makes everything hard to notice. But a well designed band backdrop POPS in your audience’s eyes at any place in the venue – especially a tall or wide stage backdrop.
To learn more about how to design a stage backdrop that pops, please click here to email Mendy. I will be more than happy to help.