Every band looks for ways to improve their shows on stage for your gigs, large and small. Stage presence is critical to your performance, since the visual experience makes a critical difference in the overall quality of the show and the music.
Here are four great ways to improve your band’s stage presence:
1. Get A Band Backdrop Or Stage Scrims
Custom band backdrops (or stage backdrops) and custom stage scrims are super ways to instantly amp up your shows. Custom band scrims and band backdrops are inexpensive, so any size band – even a brand new, up-and-coming band – can improve their stage presence with an affordable stage backdrop or a set of stage scrims. We know – we are biased. But it’s true, a backdrop or scrims can do amazing things for any band.
For sizes, we recommend 6’x6’ for the stage scrims, and for the stage backdrop you can consider 8’x10’, 10’x15’, 20’x25’ or any size in between or above. Give us a shout – Mendy would love to talk with you to find the right size for your band.
2. Practice Your Moves
At Northcoast Banners, we believe that great performance on stage at your shows is 90 percent preparation and 10 percent execution. Practicing your movements on stage and the specific synchronicity of your moves and your music is absolutely critical – BEFORE your shows.
We have worked with hundreds of bands on their stage backdrops and band scrims, and we’ve watched their shows with their band backdrops or stage scrims in action. We have learned a key lesson: regardless of how well designed the stage backdrop is or how awesome the music sounds, the movements on stage and general vibe from the band members bodies can make the show fly or die. So practice, practice, practice.
3. Design A Stunning Band Backdrop Or Band Scrims
Having seen hundreds of designs from hundreds of bands across the US and Canada, we have gained a lot of insight into what good design looks like – specifically for bands. We have learned:
• Bright colors that contrast sharply against each other create a sharp, vibrant design that will be noticed by everyone in your audience – even in low light venues
• Pastel colors – soft colors like pink, grey, green and purple – blend in with each other and do NOT pop on stage, especially in low-light venues
• Simplicity is best, and less is more. Keep it really simple and minimal, because the less that is on the stage backdrop or stage scrims, the more your actual logo will POP in your fan’s eyeballs.
4. Practice Your Music
This one sounds pretty obvious, but unfortunately many bands miss this foundational point entirely. Music is about practicing – performing is about executing. Your band needs to view the performance on stage – and the stage presence – as the act of execution. If you take this approach, your band will focus a lot more on practicing as a goal in and of itself. Then, the rest (playing on stage) is cakewalk.
Want more tips or information about buying a custom band backdrop or stage scrims for your band? Let us know – we’ll be happy to talk with your band.
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It’s really easy to order a set of scrims with us – and very affordable. We’ve got some great prices for scrims for your band, so email me today and get your scrims so you can legit at every single show!
Bowling For Soup just debuted their newest song, “Normal Chicks.”
We think it’s amazing. It contains a lot of meaning.
Today, external looks are way out of sync with our true, inner selves. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall prey to the false beauty portrayed on magazine covers with Photoshopped women and the glamour of celebrities.
But you can’t be beautiful on the outside AND on the inside unless you work on your character. Unless you give to others and be compassionate to other people who may have less than you.
Then, if you achieve that, you’re beautiful on the inside and on the outside. We promise.Hey, we also did Bowling For Soup’s banners a while back, check it out!
Why choose Northcoast Banners for your band’s Stage Backdrops and Band Scrims? Learn what our customers say about our stage banners.
Ryan Maloney, Chemicals of Democracy:
“You and your team did a GREAT job with the C.O.D. banner. From the first phone call with one of your representatives to receiving the banner in exactly the way we expected it… it was a great experience!”
Scott Trudeau, Tribute, a celebration of Allman Brothers:
“Everyone in the band and all our family, friends and fans were blown away with how good our backdrop looked. So, from all of us, THANK YOU! We are so happy with the banners you made for us several months ago. We’ve been using those and have received plenty of compliments on them!”
Jon-Paul LeClair, Bad Habitz:
“The banner looked great – as always! We’re so proud to have it and will fly it with pride every time. Mendy and the crew at Northcoast are driven to absolute customer commitment. Northcoast has been THE BEST throughout the entire process of obtaining our backdrop.”
Jon King, 3 Pill Morning:
“We love em. Thanks again!”
Here’s our first video in a new series of videos how to buy band backdrops and stage scrims for your band, check it out, leave a comment and subscribe!
6’x6′ stage scrims are an absolute need for a new band. Stage scrims help your band look professional and exciting at your shows. Here are our 4 top reasons why your band needs a set of 6’x6′ band scrims.
1. Brand Your Group
Your music group is no doubt a high-octane, star studded cast of talented young rock stars. But without a set of band scrims, your musical talent won’t be as awesome as it could be. It is critical to brand yourself with 6’x6′ stage scrims. These band scrims can make a huge difference in your branding by providing a visual aid to all your shows.
2. Inexpensive And Huge Impact
We believe that 6’x6′ band scrims are the most inexpensive part of your marketing efforts. You’ll pay a lot of money elsewhere to market your shows, but 6’x6′ stage scrims are a one time, low cost solution to make a HUGE impact on stage.
In fact, our bands often use 6’x6′ band scrims at big outdoor events – and their stage scrims can be seen from miles away. And in small clubs and bars specifically, band scrims look bright, beautiful and can push your brand into stardom.
3. Improve Your Stage Presence
We’re passionate about the 50/50 rule – 50 percent of your show is the music, and the other 50 percent is the entertainment, stage presence and show. You may have the best music in the world, but if your show is not entertaining, the audience won’t have a great time. With a set of 6’x6′ band scrims, you can easily make your stage look amazing and covert your show into an instant HIT featuring YOU as the best band out there. 6’x6′ stage scrims set the stage with your distinct brand, your flavor and your music.
To learn more about buying 6’x6′ band scrims, give us a shout! Mendy would love to talk directly with your band about your specific needs.
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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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