#1
so in a couple weeks, my band is playing a show at a big casino place called Fubar. Its gonna be our first big show (the guy said there should be around 1000 people) and its a battle of the bands which we NEED to win.

the prizes were competing for are:
-500 cash
-20 hours in a studio
-25,000 record deal
-25 city tour
-music sent to labels such as warner

so yeah from this list of prizes, you can tell it would be kick-ass if we won.

SO HERES MY QUESTION:

since they judge the winning band based on crowd response, what are some things we can do to make the crowd go ****ing crazy?

thanks,
-Adam
#3
Do what my mates band did and take a coach full of your friends, that's pretty much what every other band is going to be doing
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Gift cards. Throw them out.
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Just play the best you can, enjoy yourselves on stage and hope it shows for the audience.
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#6
fireworks indoor no just play good and dont look at your instruments the entire time interact with the crowd if possible
#8
eye contact works.while your playing make sure to make eye contact with a good number of audience members,it tells the audience that your here for them along with the prizes instead of just for the the prizes, makes sense right?
#9
yea if ur on stage naked people will respond maybe not in a good way but they will respond
#10
Generally something shocking as you go out would work, likr RATM with the guantanamo bay uniforms. Try to think of something that will make you stand out, and is witty.
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#11
I'd look at any small print before thinking of winning- firstly, you may have to pay that 25k record deal back, and what gets paid for on that 25 date tour?

EDIT: And no offence to your age, but I really wouldn't get into a binding contract worth 25k at 15.
#12
From experience, as soon as you get there get chummy with the sound/light engineers. Give them an idea of you're looking for and they'll try their best to do it. Give the lighting engineer some cues for strobe/dry ice etc if they have it. It'll make you look and sound really professional - they love all that. And like faultyy said, a rent-a-mob is always good.
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#13
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Do what my mates band did and take a coach full of your friends, that's pretty much what every other band is going to be doing

the cost is worth it, and i'm sure they'd want to pay too if they're your fans.
i think that's a great idea, just get every damn person you know.
#14
No matter what kind of music you play, everybody likes humor... I'd say try to be funny without making yourself look like an absolute tool *cough*BillieJoeArmstrong*cough*

slide in some one liners, but no farting into the mic or mooning the audience or flipping them off.

You're there to give the crowd a good time, not melt off their faces with hardcore extremeness.
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interact with the corwad and give them a show!
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I'd look at any small print before thinking of winning- firstly, you may have to pay that 25k record deal back, and what gets paid for on that 25 date tour?

Exactly what I was thinking.

It definitely sounds a bit too good to be true, especially for the music business. What is the background of your band? Do you have extensive experience and a large fan-base? I can't see the people running this thing having any incentive to provide such ridiculous rewards on the basis of a single performance.


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#17
you have a robot guitar so i just say to the crowd 'look my guitar can tune itself' and then they will be in awe
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#20
were called Pinkleef. the reason their giving away a shitload of awesome prize is cuz theres like a fairly new indie label that has only 1 artist, so their looking for more.
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were called Pinkleef. the reason their giving away a shitload of awesome prize is cuz theres like a fairly new indie label that has only 1 artist, so their looking for more.

Go naked, but with pink fig-leaves preserving your modesty. You could also make a ton of them, and give them out at the show.
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were called Pinkleef. the reason their giving away a shitload of awesome prize is cuz theres like a fairly new indie label that has only 1 artist, so their looking for more.

The label can afford this?
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The label can afford this?

Well, if they're new, they likely borrowed a fair sum of money as a startup fund, to be spent on things like this to raise their profile.
#25
its not like their going to hear 8 bands and sign one of them. its like a huge competition and theres 2 rounds. it starts off with 200 bands and 1 winner is chosen from each of like 20 shows and then those guys compete etc.
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its not like their going to hear 8 bands and sign one of them. its like a huge competition and theres 2 rounds. it starts off with 200 bands and 1 winner is chosen from each of like 20 shows and then those guys compete etc.

Oooooh. If it's 200, you're gonna need to find stagedivers...

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#27
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Do what my mates band did and take a coach full of your friends, that's pretty much what every other band is going to be doing


seconded.

how many songs are you playing? because it's great to throw in a cover of a song that EVERYONE knows but wouldn't be mad at you for playing.....


like....I would walk five thousand miles and I would walk five hundred more, to be that man who walked five thousand miles to fall down at your door, LA DA DA DA!!
#28
ur 15 and have a gibson robot les paul i can tell u right now u dont "need" this. and ur probaly not gonna win it because theres definatly gonna be groups with alot better material then u because they've been at it longer.
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#29
were playing for like half an hour, probably all origionals. its coming up pretty soon, idk if we have time to learn a cover
#30
Scream "Furbar!" or whatever it's called a lot. They'll be so happy you know the name of the place. Talking to the light dude before hand is a good idea, and you need stagedivers and strippers. NEED them. And really get into you music. Go into parts where you can sorta talk to the audience.
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Scream "Furbar!" or whatever it's called a lot. They'll be so happy you know the name of the place. Talking to the light dude before hand is a good idea, and you need stagedivers and strippers. NEED them. And really get into you music. Go into parts where you can sorta talk to the audience.

Yeah, the drummer can't do too much to show off, although headbang if he has long hair. The bass guitarist and guitarist have to be all over the stage when not restricted to a mic stand, and if you have a singer using a handheld mic, he's really gotta get the crowd into it, because he'll be the least restricted, meaning he can do alot more than anyone else can.
#32
My advice is don't think.

Act. Make a tool of yourself. All of you. Live music is not about playing perfectly, it's about entertainment.

Obviously don't play terribly, the songs need to be recognisable, but if you have the ability to play guitar and shove a banana in your bumbum, then I say go for it.
#33
Halfway through the first song, smash your robot guitar.
Breaking anything worth over $2,000 will get people's attention.

Realistically though, I wouldn't even be competing in this. Seeing as there are 200 bands, 20 of which (at least) are probably at a professional level of musicianship, and you guys, 15 year olds, really just out there for the hell of it, you don't stand much of a chance.

Furthermore, you really don't need this shit. There are gonna be bands there who deserve this like 10 times more than you, and from what i can see (your guitar/ the fact you have studio recorded songs) you aren't really in need of outside help.

I would recommend you going out there and listening to the bands, but sitting out the competition for a year or two. Don't rush things, especially in a situation such as yours.
#34
Dude, hate to break it to you, but they're probably not gonna sign you if your 15 unless you wanna sell out and play music like the Jonas Brothers and suck some ****.
#35
Do it for the experience, but honestly, don't expect to win anything. There will probably be bands who are much more experienced than you and you're only 15, even if you were to win you probably couldn't realisticaly do half of those things. I think what you want to do with this contest is to get your name out there and build up a fanbase.
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