How to Gain New Fans at a Show

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Ever since I went to a workshop on stage presence orchestrated by IndieHitmaker at A3C festival, I started paying a bit more attention to the details of an artist’s performance.

I love going to showcases, it’s a great and easy way to discover new music artists or finally see someone I’ve been a fan of perform. Now, I know what it’s like to perform in front of an audience, I’ve had my share from monologues, piano recitals, plays, and dance. It is definitely nerve wrecking but with some practice it’s sure to pay off.

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With the internet being saturated with so much new music daily, as an artist, performing at shows no matter how big or small is the most organic way to make fans. Don’t neglect them! Here’s how I’ve become a fan:

  • Don’t be afraid to call us out: If people are far from the stage, tell us to come closer. It usually works! ­čÖé
  • Engage the Crowd: ┬áStart your performance off with a personable introduction and what the song you’re about to perform means to you.┬áTry not to appear to lost in your performance, make eye contact.
  • Don’t ask us to join in too soon (“clap your hands like, when I say”): This is the awkward moment. Most people start joining in once we’ve gotten a feel of your music, by the 2nd song we’re more comfortable.
  • Be Clear: Hold the mic properly, when you cover the top of the mic where the sound waves come from, the sound is muffled. Try not to rap or sing over your music lyrics (usually if the sound is too loud); it can be painful to listen to if it’s not in tune. Demand a soundcheck prior to performing.
  • Energy: This is what usually gets me, looking like you’re having fun and have a passion for what you’re doing draws me in.

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To sum it up, don’t forget to tell us where we can follow you on social media and where we can find your music. After you perform, instead of leaving the venue, hang around a bit, someone is sure to approach you if they liked what they heard or if they came to support you! You never know who’s watching.┬á

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