2. Interact With The Audience
Again, I feel like this should be obvious but I see musicians disregard it all the time. Interaction is easy, you just need to be yourself and show the audience that you are human just like them. There are some notorious interactions like “How’s everyone doing tonight?” or “Everyone bring your lighters out!” (I know phone lights replace this more than often, but let’s reminisce). A personal favorite of mine is when I used to perform at different colleges, I would learn their chants and slogans beforehand to get the crowd hyped. Now, you must tread carefully when talking down about their rivals, we’ll get into that in the next section.
The best thing is to keep your interaction simple as possible. As a stranger in the crowd, I am unlikely to follow your every command, but if you keep it simple and find an easy way for me to get involved, I am more inclined to do so. You would think it is more difficult to interact with the crowd when there is a smaller turnout, or performing in front of a lackluster audience, but I see musicians overcome this frequently. They will hop off the stage and literally perform in front of a person they see is hesitant to show interest. Trust me, if your crowd is small, find someone in the crowd and dedicate a song to them (not literally). Jump off the stage, put your arm around them and perform your song. Doesn’t necessarily need to be one person, you can go from one person to the next. Sounds cheesy right? Well, I can guarantee anyone you directly interact with will remember that performance for the rest of their life. Even if they don’t enjoy your music, you just made them a part of the show, and that is something no one forgets.