What Makes a Great Gig?

IAN WATKINS (Lostprophets):
“The thing that I try to bear in mind when playing a gig is that not all of the audience is there to see you play. Some frontmen get frustrated because people are not paying attention. I don’t care about that. I have no control over what people think of us, so I just do my job regardless of what the audience is doing. I know it sounds like a cliché, but if there’s one person in he crowd who likes us then it’s all worthwile.”

  1. SHADOWS (Avenged Sevenfold):
    “From a performer’s point of view, you’ve got to approach each gig with the right mindset, and you have to learn how to vary your show each night. Otherwise you’ll just get bored of what you’re doing, and if that happens, you’ll put on a crappy show. If you’re feeling good, then you can go out and be a little cocky. If you play with conviction and look like you’re enjoying being up there, then that’s what’s really important.”

MATT DAVES (Funeral For A Friend):
If I can feel the energy coming from the audience, then I know it will be a good gig. Also, if I can communicate onstage and be myself, then I’m really happy and I’m just there in the moment, having fun. I don’t like to distance myself from the audience. I’ve been onstage and the crowd have been singing so loudly it’s as though they’ve taken over. That makes a mutual connection and that’s amazing.”

SIMON NEIL (Biffy Clyro):
“As a performer you want things to sound good and you want to be completely lost in the moment. The best gigs are the ones where you’re not aware really of what’s happening, and it just flies by in an instant. If I’m in the crowd I don’t want to know what’s going to happen next – I want a band that musically takes me by surprise.”

FONTE: Kerrang!

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