Normally you would expect backing tracks to be used instead of a band, but that’s not always the case.
As the line up in bands tends to change from time to time, many groups I deal with tell me that they just don’t bother replacing band members who leave – they simply replace the instrument/parts they played with a backing track.
When you think about it, it’s a logical progression. As times change and the live music scene evolves, more and more venues can’t afford to pay, say a 4 or 5 piece band, so many bands are splitting up and re-forming as duos or trios (and using backing tracks to play the parts of the now absent band members).
It’s not difficult or expensive to have these types of backing tracks produced. All that is required is you order custom backing tracks and request that we remove the instrument parts that you are going to play live. Even your band splits in to, say a duo, which comprises of a drummer and a guitar player, you can still sound like a full band – all you need to do is order the backing tracks with the drums and guitar taken out and a click-track placed on one side so that the drummer can keep time with the backing track.
Any combination of instruments can be removed to suit your exact requirements.