#2
Don't talk! If you guys kick ass you can, saw Tool this summer and the singer just said "hi" after two songs and then said "peace.............out" before the last song and I did not give a shit because they rocked. Just introduce your songs, is everybody having a good time, same old shit nobody cares, they came to hear music right?
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#5
Introduce songs, don't ask them direct questions or make jokes or anything that would need a response ( laughing or ceering or anything ) cause if it backfires and you get silence, you're gonna feel just great eh?
#6
Start your show with "You wanted the best? You got the best! The Greatest band in the land [your bands name]!"
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#7
I always had a few token lines to use. The best response I ever got was yelling "Who likes the Arctic Monkeys? (very brief pause) Well then you might as well go home because you aint gonna be hearing that sh*t tonight!" *riff*. Good times It was a small gig full of people who knew me though, which is why I got away with it...
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#8
Yeah, if you don't feel like talking or whatever, it's not like you have to. Especially if you're a new not so well known band, nobody -wants- to listen you talk much anyway, most likely. Just play your set well, introduce your best songs - DO NOT introduce all of them, only name the ones you like the most, you get a better chance people will remember them that way :p
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#9
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Yeah, if you don't feel like talking or whatever, it's not like you have to. Especially if you're a new not so well known band, nobody -wants- to listen you talk much anyway, most likely. Just play your set well, introduce your best songs - DO NOT introduce all of them, only name the ones you like the most, you get a better chance people will remember them that way :p


Yeah, my last band did the "introduce every song" thing. It's annoying. My band now wanted me to do that, I just said hell no.
#10
Try to add some humor to it, unless you're playing at a venue that would not appreciate your joke about pirates. Crowd interaction changes your set from music to an actual show. This will allow you to get some fame as being a band to see to have a good time. You could look at some other bands to get some ideas but stealing directly would be a bad idea. If nothing else you can introduce yourself as another band play, the beggining of one of their songs then go into one of your's, has worked for me before. Shouting 'Who wants to hear Under The Sea" is a good way to get people relaxed, especially if you play ska and can actually play it.
#11
no need to speak unless you have a specific thing to say, play your ass off, have energy and have fun
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#12
i don't personally like to talk a whole lot during shows. But introduce a few songs, but never the first one, come on playing.
#13
i always loved this quote from john mayer:

"this song is called gravity, or gravity.mp3 depending on how you listen to me, its ok"
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#14
If you are no good at talking to the audience, just get a talkbox and make the guitar talk to them :P
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#15
i once say a ska band at a local place and one of the guitarists actually put his guitar down, went into the crowd and started skanking with them

it was actually a lot cooler than it sounds
#16
Get some hand clapping... even the smallest subtle change of your behavior on stage during a song can get the crowd into it. Try to get most of the band talking and don't be afraid to poke fun at each other. I recommend having one or 2 jokes planned out, otherwise just improvise.
#17
Go watch old Jethro Tull concerts
Ian Anderson was a master of crowd banter
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#18
If its a sing along kind of song, try to get the crowd involved and make them feel like they're part of it, its what Buddy Guy does.
#19
^ I endorse the mke fun of other band members idea. I saw it once when a local band was performing, the music wasn't that great but the jokes were quite nice.
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#20
One word of advise:

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#21
Talk to your band members like blink-182, I think they are the kings of controlling a crowd and getting a crowd interested. That\\\\\\\'s what my bands lead guitarest and I(bass) do. Tell some corny jokes that the crowd knows your obviously not being serious about, it usually goes over well, and if it doesn\\\\\\\'t oh well! Have the time of your life your on stage doing what you love to do! If the crowd doesn\\\\\\\'t appreciate that as is then to hell with them!

*But it\\\'s good to get the crowd involved when playing, just get them laughing, or introduce your next song in such an outrageous way that they will have to stay to watch it!*
#22
let loose, have fun. people pick up on that crap. don't be too stiff and serious, or the crowd will be. if you are light hearted and having a good time, the crowd will be too.

but more than anything, its about confidence. in yourself, your bandmates, and your music. ex: (borrowed from my hockey coach): marty broduer. that man has got to be the worst goalie i have ever seen. he is always just flopping around and shit. but for some reason he thinks he is good as shit, and he acts like it.
so even if your music may not be platinum material, and you may not be the best showman, or you may even be the worst, you just need to believe you are the best; that you are great.

and on a side note, the crowd, as soon as you step on stage, is 99% of the time on your side. why else would they pay to come listen to your music? its about confidence, and having fun.
#23
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and on a side note, the crowd, as soon as you step on stage, is 99% of the time on your side. why else would they pay to come listen to your music? its about confidence, and having fun.


Unless of course, you are the support for a huge band with crazy fans

Or about to play a huge festival

#24
if its a big enough stage, tell people to jump up on stage with you.
Make sure you have some friends in the crowd who will do it first though because i went to a concert and one of the bands there tried to do it. Everyone just sat there and looked at them. I was thinking dayamm rejected.
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#25
I hate when stupid little local bands run their mouth off, telling me "I wanna see you mother****ers up here! Yeah, get the **** up here or else! I want you in my FACE!"


Don't do that.
#26
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I hate when stupid little local bands run their mouth off, telling me "I wanna see you mother****ers up here! Yeah, get the **** up here or else! I want you in my FACE!"


Don't do that.

That ruins a performance for me

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#27
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I hate when stupid little local bands run their mouth off, telling me "I wanna see you mother****ers up here! Yeah, get the **** up here or else! I want you in my FACE!"


Don't do that.


yeah im not saying do crap like that. get some friends up on stage and just have a good time. dont try and pull that crap.
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