I ask this, because I have been listening to several local musicians debate live performance around the area. There have been a few discussions about this in this forum, but all I am seeking is opinions…not arguments.
In my area of the world, live music means everything, vocals and instruments are all performed live. Through the past few years, it has changed. There are now singers, performing 4 hr gigs with Karaoke tracks, no live instrumentation, and obtaining the same pay as a live band ( I would never get away with it).
So the debate in my area also carried on with partial backing tracks, then looping, and then arpeggiator usage. And then the arguments begin, which is my que to walk away. It was even brought up that using VST’s and sound modules, and keyboard workstations are not “live” because they are samples or emulations of the real thing. Ok, not a real Hammond on stage, my back is forever grateful.
I know that many musicians, and good friends here use backing tracks, and loopers, and arpeggiators, etc. IMHO, it’s your gig, whatever gets you through the night and keeps you working. I perform with musicians as I always have since 1967…we play every note with our hands, feet, and mouth. It is what I like, and improvisation opens up many paths, but I still occasionally do time restricted gigs where I must conform.
I am so far finding many degrees of purism on the subject, and I realize that most musicians hold their opinion until Thunderdome is enacted (much like a Les Paul or Stratocaster debate). I would like to hear what others have to say…but please be nice.