Mordgeld wrote:Planetguy wrote:...zeroing in on one (or "a few" if you're like me w borderline ADD) folks in the crowd.....yeah, i was lucky enough to figure that one out early in the game. and i know it likely sounds judgmental, but using that to pull off looking "sincere" when you're in "entertainment mode"....for me, that's still.....acting,...
You actually do have to connect with the audience and perform sincerely. It is not a gimmick that you use to avoid that. This technique is just a great way for someone that is maybe not naturally an extrovert to become comfortable as an entertainer to better engage the audience and fans.
“If you're going to be a ****ing rock star, go be one. People don't want to see the guy next door on stage; they want to see a being from another planet. You want to see somebody you'd never meet in ordinary life.”
― Lemmy Kilmister
if it came off that i felt it's a gimmick only to be used to appear sincere...that was not my intent.
as i said above.......i believe hooking up w one, or a few of the audience is a great way to communicate and AVOID receding into yourself. that's not me, i'm very aware at all times "who's in the room". Who's paying attention. Who isn't. Who's been drawn in. Who MIGHT be drawn if i can lead them to water, etc.
and i definitely believe that for those who are more socially uncomfortable, i agree...it IS a great way for them to be more relaxed and real in the moment. that's a good thing methinks.
as for connecting with the audience and performing sincerely.....that's what i'm clumsily trying to address. yes i agree you need to connect w an audience.....all i'm saying is that there isn't one specific "one size fits all" moves strategy.
it is SOOOOOOO dependent on many things.... the venue, type of music, volume, and of course just how much interaction w the audience is warranted. I'd even say it comes down to who i'm playing w as it pertains to age. a bunch of old guys playing Mustang Sally because someone requested it....well, i'm not as likely to think "show" and show off my moves as in the same situation but i'm playing w youngsters.
As a working musician it's not all about playing "shows" for me. Sometimes it's a house party where everyone is sitting there quietly in semi rapt attention and all conversation in the room is with or by the musicians playing.....and then there's the corp events where it ain't about us at all, with 150 doctors and their wives making the rounds. Neither of those gigs call for a lot of "moves". That's not how you connect w either audience.