#1
Hey everyone,

I didn't know where to put this thread so I'll just post it here.

In a few days I'll have my first gig as a singer (my main instrument is guitar, but in my current band I only sing), which makes me the frontman, so I need some cool/funny/nice things to say to interact with the audience.

When I'm going to concerts or just watching live videos of songs, I'm not sure if those frontmen prepare for all they are going to say or if they're just improvising.
Sure I can say the introducing stuff and the standard "are you having a good time" things, but is it enough? Do you have some tips or advice for me, maybe?

Thanks
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#3
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#4
hold the mic out to people in the audience as if they know the words to your songs even though it's probably the first time anyone has seen your band.

actually saw a guy do that once. p funny. kept bugging these girls so they kept moving. they tried hiding behind some other people and the dude just craned his arm over top of them.

real advice: say as little as possible. no one wants to hear the singer talk for more than 5 seconds because you're just wasting everyone's time. just play the next song.
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#6
Just show them your frontman tip.

Works every time.
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standard "are you having a good time"



Don't know about anyone else but for me this is the worst and cringiest thing you could ever say.
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Don't know about anyone else but for me this is the worst and cringiest thing you could ever say.

it seems like something that would be easy to say if you don't have much else to say but it always comes off like an annoying friend
#9
Silverstein has this song about how Billy always buys the best groceries and how they always eat them even though they know it's his.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8amDFG49YI

They played that a few times because they "messed up" and it was pretty funny.
Also interesting because they all switched instruments.
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#11
"hey you!" *points to random in audience* "you need a new amp"

"this song is a massive **** you to ____"

At end of set: "if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have sex with my girlfriend now"

EDIT: don't say "how is everyone?" a guitarist I knew threatened to walk off stage if the singer said that again. She walked off about three songs into the next gig.
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real advice: say as little as possible. no one wants to hear the singer talk for more than 5 seconds because you're just wasting everyone's time. just play the next song.

Yeah, this. Unless you're particularly funny or clever or whatever I'd keep the chatter to a minimum. Something you should say, though, is the name of your band. Introduce yourselves at or near the start of your set. I've been to shows where a lesser known band will play their set without any sort of introduction. Afterwards everyone will be like "hey that band was rad, but which one were they?"
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Wow I had to read the comments to find out that venom weren't actually a mock band and were serious.
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Yeah, this. Unless you're particularly funny or clever or whatever I'd keep the chatter to a minimum. Something you should say, though, is the name of your band. Introduce yourselves at or near the start of your set. I've been to shows where a lesser known band will play their set without any sort of introduction. Afterwards everyone will be like "hey that band was rad, but which one were they?"

I agree and disagree.
Of course it's important to let them know the name of the band, but I'd argue it's more effective to say it at the END of your set.
That way it's fresh in their minds when you walk off

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Wow I had to read the comments to find out that venom weren't actually a mock band and were serious.

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say as little as possible. no one wants to hear the singer talk for more than 5 seconds because you're just wasting everyone's time. just play the next song.




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#22
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I agree and disagree.
Of course it's important to let them know the name of the band, but I'd argue it's more effective to say it at the END of your set.
That way it's fresh in their minds when you walk off

For sure, I can agree with that. End of the set might also be better since not everyone shows up right when the set starts.
#23
Be yourself and say as little as possible. You don't have to say something inbetween every song.

Don't say:
"Are you ready to have a good time"
"Are you ready to rock"
"Hello St. Louis!" (and your in Springfield)
"Is everyone having a good time?"
and if you're a new band don't talk about your next song. No one will care until they've heard and/or liked it.


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and if you're a new band don't talk about your next song. No one will care until they've heard and/or liked it.

this is good advice
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if you're a new band don't talk about your next song. No one will care until they've heard and/or liked it.

you might get away with it if it's a cover of a song that everyone knows, like Louie Louie or something.
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#26
Whatever you do say, be concise and to the point. You don't want to be umming and uuuhhhing and forgetting stuff you're trying to say. Know what you wanna say, get to the mic, say it, and get away. You want to seem professional, not like some guy in some band at some bar saying some stuff.
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#27
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"what's the deal with airplane food?!?"

guaranteed hit

Yes, some good jokes will do the trick.

"What's the deal with play-doh? Do you want me to eat it or not? Why else would you let me make "food" out of it? Am I right?"

Oh, always end your jokes with 'Am I right?'. That way the audience can tell that it was a good joke
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you might get away with it if it's a cover of a song that everyone knows, like Louie Louie or something.

True dat
#29
Take a leaf out of the late great GG Allin's stage presence....

Getting naked, assaulting your audience members and shitting all over the stage are perfectly acceptable.

In reality though, keep what you have to say short and sweet. No one cares about the backstory of any song you have. I used to play with a singer who did that crap, so I used to just play random riffs over the top of him until he got the hint.

And definitely make sure to introduce your band and don't forget to say the band name at the end of the set.
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Yeah, this. Unless you're particularly funny or clever or whatever I'd keep the chatter to a minimum. Something you should say, though, is the name of your band. Introduce yourselves at or near the start of your set. I've been to shows where a lesser known band will play their set without any sort of introduction. Afterwards everyone will be like "hey that band was rad, but which one were they?"


Right, I have an idea of what to do now

And thank you all for stopping me from saying lame things.
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#31
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I immediately thought of that when I saw this thread, good find.

Seriously though, I'd also recommend showing some chemistry with your bandmates. Include them in the "discussion" when you're talking and what not between songs. It shows that you're all a band, not just a singer and some guys playing music behind him.
#32
Don't show us. Srs it's 2015 it's all about instrumental bands with no annoying frontman.
#33
^ yeah frank is right.
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#34
Make sure you let everyone know your not singing as well as normal because of the acoustics in the room.