I Believe I have an old thread on this subject (or I have at least commented on other threads regarding the subject) but I'm rethinking this subject again. There was a post in a recent thread concerning adding a keyboard player to a lineup and one person mentioned there is "no way you're going to get to the next level (ie. Wedding, corporate, better club gigs) without a keyboard player". My bass player has actually mentioned that he feels "everyone" has gone to using backing tracks as well (and he plays in a six person band that doesn't normally use tracks). I have the track creation process down at this point. We are all comfortable using IEM's exclusively, I have the PA gear, and I have my process pretty much ready to go. The only thing holding me back is the freedom and the onstage energy while playing live. We definitely call audibles during sets and we try keeping our time between songs to an absolute minimum (very often one song right into the next song or at the most five seconds with some banter). I feel like we have a very solid energy live even though we are basically a three-piece with female lead singer and each performance is getting tighter and better than the last. We have tested playing a few songs to tracks at a recent show and it was pretty cool, but the record BPM was a little slower than what we would want to use live which I can easily tweak in a few keystrokes. We played uptown funk on Friday night and it actually went over really well and had good energy. I've also seen a number of bands use tracks with the horns and to me they sound pretty lame. In all honesty Etc could be the band themselves being tied to the clinic and not having a enough experience. I just don't know... If we start to incorporate tracks will be bringing a little bit more gear and will be playing the same rooms to start, that's for sure. Has anyone seen a significant ROI by bringing in tracks to their lineup? I am extremely anal and I believe the tracks and the mix would be very well done. Better then most of the bands I have seen as of late that use tracks regularly. But again, right now we are getting it done without having to use any of that stuff. Eventually, we're going to want to take it up a notch and I'm wondering if this is the easiest way to do it?