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For me it's not the money, at all. Its that it was just plain more fun 3 or 4 years ago when we were just some nobodies that could slip in and out of a room undetected and write whatever the hell we wanted in some obscure forum that no one read. We've done everything we can to avoid being taken seriously. A couple of years ago it resulted in job offers from a few magazines (fuck them), and this year it was offers of "reserved time" in rooms and special treatment from vendors (which we turned down, too). But you see where it's heading, and it makes me pretty damn uncomfortable.
Have you ever been to RMAF, CAF or a similar show? Your posts tell me you are absolutely clueless about what happens in a room at RMAF. 90% of the rooms get crowded with 10 people in the room and could never fit 30. I've been to 10 straight RMAFs plus the last two CAFs and I have never experienced anything close to what you have posted. I make requests all the time and most exhibitors ask me what I would like to hear. It's not a problem.
Is this a serious response, "devils advocate " it doesnt matter if 5 or 10, or 60 over a day or 100 ......
Then how would you expect people to get a sense for what the equipment sounds like? I can only tell when I am hearing something familiar. Why is it opening a can of worms? I don't understand that part.
I repeat, clueless
Was an exhibitor for many years, never had an empty room, never took request unless private , never had a complaint about music nor selection, good music and sound is always appreciated... We always made special time for those wanting to hear their selection, not going to take 30 request from those narcissistic enuff to be offended that someone didnt and i'm not talking being rudely turned down , being rude is a no no at any event . By not taking request , no one is offended and you wont offend as many people as if you played some nutter music job and have everyone scatter then later read how horrible the sound in the room was because they happened to walk in at that time...... Yep such is the animal ...
I would never take request from show goers, it's the worst thing one can do when at a trade show, it's a can of worms and only lead to having to take more request from everyone, who by now feels entitled and offended if not. If someone is truly interested , Best to arrange to have a demo with their own selections at an appropriate time. What seems to be the real issue is the poorly selected music by most, this is where the stepping up needs to take place ......-My 2 cents
- Played out music >> I try to avoid the same old tracks that I hear every time I walk through the halls (e.g. Hotel California, Tea for the Tilleraman, Krall, Pink Floyd, etc.), but BELIEVE ME - some attendees ask for this. Really! "Can you play something by Diana Krall?" "Got anything with female voice and a guitar?" "Got any DSOTM?" Or they hand me a disc with these played out demo tracks, but we want to make the attendees happy, so we'll play it. Then I'm sure people come into the room and think "oh no, not another room playing XYZ!" If you say "we don't play that in this room" - it is snobby! So how do we make it a win-win for everyone? Here is anther thing that happens often: I'm playing jazz, and someone remarks "I'm so bored of hearing jazz in these rooms - don't you have any classical music?" So I play classical - and someone says the same thing - "All I hear at these shows is classical music, don't you have any blues?" Then when you play blues, somebody is tired of that and wants "singer/songwriter music" or "female vocals." You play female vocals and then someone complains there is not enough music with male vocals being played! You get the idea!NOTE - not everyone does this sort of thing and it doesn't happen all the time, but it happens quite a bit and I try not to LOL or take offense. It's just inevitable because people and their tastes (and how they choose to express them) are so different.
Clearly you viewed it as YOUR show. I view it as THEIR show. You come into my room, speak up and you'll get whatever you want.
There a many reviewers that bring their music during show hours to quickly evaluate systems.
Fair enough, Don, but I would still say a little communication could go a long way. If you aren't going to let me listen to the whole track, maybe let me know up front and I won't pick a track that takes a while to get to the point. Or I'll tell you to fast forward to the part I really want to hear. Or if it depends on whether I'm the only one in the room, let me know that up-front so I know if other people walk in you might switch it. To me, it's all about all parties having a common set of expectations about the experience up-front - which requires a minimal level of good respectful communication skills on the part of all parties.Some of the rooms actually did quite a lot of the above, and I appreciated it. Others just abruptly changed it on me.
Yes , i can see that, comprehension , No ! Not to worry I wont hold it against you .....
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