We just got back from a very classic, typical Billy Momo trip. Two days and four gigs in Värmland and. Närke, Sweden.
Deje was first up. A very small town in Värmland. The venue was an old power station, turned into a gallery/bar/live music venue. Super cool place, would have fit perfectly in some up-and-coming London suburb or super trendy NYC area. This is typical for Billy Momo gigs. Small towns in rural Sweden often has one really cool venue. Not two, one. There may be several bars, but only one place to go for the real art and music lovers. And those are often quite unique.
We made a lot of new friends in Deje. Only drawback was, when the one place to go in town closes, the town goes to sleep. We are not used to going to sleep at a reasonable hour when on tour. There were invitations to various after parties, but for some reason we hesitated to follow strangers into the woods, so we ended up wandering the streets (or street, rather) and then staring at the ceiling at the hotel. Gramps, with his post-gig blues, crying himself to sleep.
Next day we started in the garden outside the power station, rehearsing our first-ever busking. We were signed up for a street music competition at a city festival in Askersund. Hotlips had made tin cones to use as unamplified megaphones and we had brought Gramps Gig Pig, a perfect weapon for small venues or accoustic sets. It’s a drum kit-in-a-box.
The festival was a beautiful event. 50 something bands playing every corner. Musicians in every bar, instruments being dragged over cobblestone all over. There were fellow musicians everywhere. The whole town was out, exploring.
This is the beauty of small-town city festivals. Everyone is there. This one attracts alot of people from other areas as well. We did our busking set and two more sets later the same day. A bit out of breath after the last one, I’ll admit. But luckily for me, I don’t have a drivers license, so I didn’t have to drive all the way back. We went the same night. Billy Momo won’t waste time on sleeping.
This was a typical, ideal weekend for Billy. Perfect venues, lots of new friends and fans and strictly good vibes.
Oh! And we won that competition too!
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Let Gramps know I’d like a break-down or blog of that little kit he’s playing. Sounds great!
Well, see, the Gigpig is a one-piece/five-piece compact drum kit. As homemade as it looks, it’s actually built by a company, and while they are quite unusual, you can probably find clips of one of the greatest drummers in the world, Morgan Ågren, playing one, he’s been using his a lot. It even comes with the cymbals. In all honesty, the Gigpig is actually my brother’s, but I’m the one who plays it (to perform his tunes, so I guess that’s fair, right?), and we used it a lot in the earlier days of the band when the stages were often too small to accommodate a seven-piece band with a regular drum kit. These days we don’t use it much, but for this particular unplugged setting, we thought it might be appropriate. If you use it in a more regular live setting, it has built in mics with all of the cables coming out in one place, so you can easily plug it into a stage box, and it sounds amazing, very much like a regular drum kit. It’s a great piece of gear, and I recommend you google it to find out more about it. Hope this is useful to you, my friend.
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Yes, very useful, thanks! It looks like a cool thing to have for those appropriate times. Thank you for the response and info.