8 Things You SHOULD NOT Do While Performing At A Gig!
Do you want to have a housefull gig?? You might have come across various guides for becoming a great on-stage artist but you should also know, “Things you should not do on-stage” that can bring you a long embarrassing Face after your performance.
Here is a list of ‘Don'ts’ for an artist to avoid the biggest faux pas:
1. DO NOT Tune Your Guitar On-Stage
If you have tuned in your guitar on stage as the show began, don’t repeat that EVER again. It might seem cool to you but Trust Me! It is not cool to the audience. On the other hand, it shows how unprepared you came for the gig and will give unprofessional look to your music career.
2. DO NOT Make It Obvious When You Make A Mistake
Mistakes happen! There have been times when the greatest of the great musicians made a lyrical mistake. What should you do when it happens? Simply carry on the Show unless it’s something major like “a part of the stage fell”.
Carry on the show, hardly anybody notices minor mistakes. Chill!
3. Do The Talking But DO NOT Crack Silly Jokes
This point every musician must keep in mind. Talk, interact with the mob but don’t crack silly jokes even after finding a dead response over your humor. Talk about your music more, recent album launch, interesting things that happened around the making of the album but DO NOT crack jokes until you’re very sure of your humor.
It’s not a comedy-show anyway!
4. Over-excitement Can Get The Crowd Out-of-excitement!
It generally happens at times when crowd is enjoying your Music; the musician tends to become Over-Excited and doesn’t pay much attention to the volume which eventually becomes an unbearable situation for the crowd. Try not to shout into the microphone from a close range even if your Excitement is at its peak.
5. Never Boast Your Act On-Stage
You know you have been awesome! Don’t start telling the crowd. Keep your ego in check. As a crowd member it’s so laughable to see band hype about them, it degrades their music experience. Let your music be your language!
6. Drinking Could Be Fun But Coming DRUNK For A Gig...arghh!!
If you have utmost confidence in your ability to handle yourself after drinking even then you should avoid performing Drunk! Your Career might be at its peak but becoming a liability for the organizers on the day of the gig is not the best idea. Your honest approach to your music is spoilt and somebody might take your place from the next time!
7. Disparage Other Musicians
Your music is one just way for people to choose you over rest of the musicians of your genre but criticizing and mocking other artists could dampen your fans respect for you!
There have been so many ‘scenes’ out there currently that are known for bands who just bash each other for no good reason. Chill out and enjoy the music!!
8. Argue With The Venue Staff
This could be the last thing you would want to do! Try not to mess with the venue staff, you’re at their space. Your act could be moved out of the list of events immediately and all your preparations and career dreams could fall apart, you surely don’t want that.
The list could have a few more points for ex- Keeping Your Logistical Issues In Line but if that happens you should probably head home, you are not ready for the gig yet!
Check out the work of awesome musicians who have had the best ‘on-stage’ presence here:
YESTERDRIVE- "Fake Schemes"
PEEPAL TREE- "Nayi Khushi"