Live shows are where all the magic happens! Nothing promotes your band better than a live show. It is the perfect place to network with fans, industry people and other musicians. There are a lot of great things you can do to get the most out of your live shows, but the most important thing is to play the best set you can possible play. Your time on the stage is your best chance to show everyone exactly what you are about. Don’t just aim to play a great show, aim to BLOW THEM AWAY! Nothing will get you new fans faster than wowing a crowd of people with your live show.
Here is what I do to get the most out of my shows…
Get to know the other bands/sound guy/promoter before the show. Meet everyone and introduce yourself. Get a feel for the place and just get comfortable with your surroundings. Meet the other bands and get their details. Meet the sound guy and let him know if there is anything particular you are going to need from him during your set. Meet the promoter and thank them for putting on the show.
Hand out your business cards to everyone and take any cards they have in return. KEEP THEM! They might be extremely valuable to you in the future. Create a contact (black) book of all your acquired contacts so you can easily access them when desired. If you want your band to go anywhere then keeping in contact with your important “contacts” is a must.
Getting to know everybody prior to your set will help getting people attention at the beginning of your set. After that it is up to you to keep them interested.
Once you start playing, you must remember one thing. Stage presence is key! Playing tight and being a good musician are a must, but no matter how good you are standing in one spot trying to bob your head a bit isn’t going to do it. If you want the crowd to get into your stuff and have a good experience then, you are going to have to enjoy the show yourself. Why would anybody dance and grove to a song that the band doesn’t seem to enjoy? You need to move around, enjoy yourself and create an energy that the whole crowd can feel. You are supposed to be the center of attention while playing so do what it takes to keep the crowd watching and waiting for more. If you can’t play and move or jump around at the same time without looking awkward then, you are going to have to practice until you can run laps around the stage without missing a beat. Head banging helps too.
What tips do you recommend for musicians playing a live show? Let me know in the comments section below.