It's Sunday night and I'm getting off a raucous weekend involving Digisaurus' first shows of 2016...and what better place to have started than in two cities in the state most familiar to me. Cincinnati and Columbus really turned out for us this weekend and I couldn't be more appreciative. Out of the other 38 cities and towns I'm visiting this Spring, I've only been to about a quarter of them. Digisaurus has played in one. Before I got this tour started, it was important for me to preview the show to many of the faces I know and love in Ohio. And to top it off, I was lucky enough to have been joined by a killer rhythm section in Eric Groseclose (bass) and Jeff Martin (drums).
The show that's going on the road this Spring will be just me. But it's important to point out that I'm not going to be doing things acoustic, stripped down, or any of the other connotations that come with a "Solo Tour" tag. I'll be accompanied by an electronic drummer and bassist who no one can see on stage. Or as some people would like to call them, "backing tracks." The idea of backing tracks is something I've gone back and forth on while putting this Spring tour together. But at the end of the day, I'm going to be introducing this music to a lot of new faces. It's important to me that everyone hears the songs the way they're meant to sound.
I will be the first to admit it's not necessarily ideal. After this weekend, I certainly appreciate how much energy Jeff and Eric brought to the stage. The same goes for anyone who's played live as part of Digisaurus over the past year. However, the truth is the economics of a new independent band going on the road pretty much dictated this decision to do it solo. I've never gone on the road before and and I have no idea what to expect. It’s not fair for me to ask or expect people I care about to jump into that abyss with me. But I do know Digisaurus has to go on the road and play shows for it to survive. Outside of musicianship, the key to a great live performance is energy. I know the solo show has great energy, so I want to bring that performance to people.
The exciting thing is that Digisaurus is actually GETTING out on the road and GETTING this figured out. One day, many of these new audiences will see Digisaurus for a second, third, or hopefully even hundredth time. Each time will be a bigger, better, and more bad ass show than the last. But you can’t get to the hundredth time through a city until you’ve done the first. As much as my life seems to be culminating in this point right now, I’m getting a great feeling knowing that this is just the beginning of something great.