when people PAY MONEY to see you play you better not be lazy ! THEY are paying your rent ! Maybe they should only pay half the ticket price if thats all they feel like paying. A small stage is a different situation.
4 piece bop kit, two rides, a crash and hi-hat. Does all I need it to do and fits anywhere I am likely to play with a trio. For duo gigs, I will leave the toms and and use one ride only ...keeping snare and hi-hat.
My kit keeps shrinking/growing/shrinking/growing. I had the big 9 pc double bass kit in high school which then became the typical 90's 3 up/ 2 down (8/10/12/14/16) on a three sided rack. Dabbled with the double kicks again for a brief period of time in my last original band, then landed in cover band world about 14 years ago and it went down to 12/16/24 for a few years when I was in a top 40 country band. That kit evolved into 13/16/18/24 until I joined a classic rock cover band, then I swapped the 13 for a 10 & 12. Now it depends on which kit I want to take with me, only one of them has the option of multiple floor toms so I sometimes end up with 10/12/16 and when I'm feeling really lazy I'll leave the 10 at home and get creative as to how to play Rush on a 4pc kit. =)
Sure! Some years ago, my band was booked into a club, and it snowed heavily that day. I called the club and they were going to be open, so we had to get there. I knew I wasnt going to mess with a full drum set in car services, etc in the snow, so I packed up a snare, hi hat, crash ride and throne, into two small cases and headed out. It worked just fine. I concentrated on providing a strong beat with minimal fills. Everyone was happy.
My preferred setup is a 4 piece with two crashes, ride, and hats, so that's what I bring to gigs. Add in a few extra minutes for setting up my mixer and mics and everything is set up in 20 minutes from the car to the first beat.
Depends on which band I’m playing with. Most of the time its a 4piece kit with 2 crashes, hats and ride. One band I use a hybrid kit with electronic pads and another may have an xtra snare with x-hats. My country gig was kick and snare with hats,crash and ride. Maybe a floor tom if I wanted to get crazy