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September 7, 2008 / alunatunes

Rule 6-Music Fans vs Partiers


*There’s a difference between music fans and people who just want to party and have fun. You’ll encounter both at shows. Learn to deal with each group in effective ways. Knowing the difference between partiers and fans works wonders for your attitude. 

As performers, we seek validation through our art.  Accept that different performance situations will yield different sorts of audiences and, very often, a mixture of fans, family, friends and partiers. There will be those who come to actually listen to the band, buy cds and think of your performance as an actual event. There will also be those at shows who are there at the behest of a girlfriend, boyfriend or friend and you, my dear musician, will be background music. This scenario becomes particularly difficult if the band is a listening ensemble. Girls giggling and guys yelling over drinks as you’re pouring your heart out on stage can be hard to overlook. This situation can become very contentios  (as I’ve been unlucky enough to witness as a performer and a fan) as the band and the listening crowd compete with the gigglers and yellers for airwaves.  

It’s best to keep the mood light and positive in response to this situation. Invite your listeners and fans a little closer. Encourage them to stand at the stage if they wish. Create an intimate environment between you and your true fans. Often partiers are discouraged at this sort of dynamic and choose to leave for another, louder place to hang out. I’ve also seen these same people develop a sixth sense for the band – often coming up at set break to say how much they’re enjoying the music. 

Maintain a controlled response when dealing with fans and those who are simply in the venue to hang out, meet friends, and have dinner and drinks. Recognize fans can be cultivated in every performance situation.

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