1. GET THE CROWD INVOLVED
THIS IS IMPORTANT IN ANY LIVE PERFORMANCE. IF THE CROWD ISNT INVOLVED YOUR SHOW WILL JUST BE YOU RECITING YOUR SONGS TO THE CROWD, AND USUALLY THIS DOESNT GET YOU POINTS FROM THE CROWDS PERSPECTIVE. HOWEVER IF YOU GET THE CROWD INVOLVED, YOU CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE WHICH YOU CAN CONTROL EG WHEN YOU SAY PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR, PEOPLE WILL RESPOND. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WAYS TO GET THE CROWD INVOLVED. YOU CAN FIRST DO SONGS WHICH THEY ARE FAMILIAR WIH. ENCOURAGE THEM TO SING ALONG, DROP THE SONG ON A PUCHLINE AND HAVE THEM SAY IT. ANOTHER EXAMPLE JUMP IN THE CROWD TO MAKE IT HYPE. SHAKE HANDS WITH PEOPLE REACHING OUT IN THE FIRST ROW. SOME PEOPLE MAKE IT RAIN(NOT ADVISABLE UNLESS YOU ARE BALLING OUTRAGOUESLY). ENCOURAGE THE CROWD TO DO A DANCE OR WHATEVER. BOTTOMLINE IS YOU HAVE TO GET THE CROWD INTO THE WHOLE PERFORMANCE.

2. MAKE EYE CONTACT
TRY AND MAKE AS MUCH EYE CONTACT AS POSSIBLE WITH THE CROWD. IT’S LIKE PUBLIC SPEAKING OR JUST PERSONAL CONVERSATIONS; NOONE WILL HEAR YOUR MESSAGE IF YOU ARE NOT LOOKING AT THEM. MAKING EYE CONTACT WILL MAKE THE AUDIENCE FEEL WARMER TO YOU. WITH THAT SAID, AVOID WEARING SHADES OR COVERING YOUR EYES ETC.

3. LIMIT THE ENTOURAGE
TOO MANY PEOPLE SHOUTING IN MICROHPONES AT THE SAME TIME ISNT MUSIC,ITS WHAT I LIKE TO CALL NOISE!!! IF YOU DO HAVE A BIG ENTOURAGE PUT THEM IN THE BACKGROUND AND MAKE THE ORGANIZED E.G. HOW 50CENT HAS PEOPLE WITH BULLETPROOF VESTS AND SUCH IN THE BACK, THAT WORKS FOR HIM BECAUSE OF HIS IMAGE. IF YOU ARE DOING A SLOW SONG WHY WOULD YOU HAVE 20 PEOPLE SHOUTING IN THE MIC GOIN BACK AND FORTH. THATS DISTRACTING. AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU ARE THE ONE WHO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO REMEBER AND IF THE PERFORMANCE IS BAD, ITS BLAMED ON YOU, NOT THE ENTOURAGE, SO KEEP THAT IN MID.

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4.THE HYPE MAN
HYPE MEN HAVE BEEN A STAPLE OF HIP HOP EVER SINCE IT STARTED. THE BEST HYPE MEN E.G FLAVA FLAV(NO JOKES) HELP YOU THE ARTIST, GET THE CROWD INVOLVED. SO PICKING THE RIGHT HYPE MAN IS AS ESSENTIAL AS PICKING THE RIGHT DJ.

5. THE DJ
MOST MAJOR ARTIST KEEP THE SAME DJ ON TOURS AND PERFORMANCES ALIKE. ITS JUST LIKE THIS, IF YOU WORK WITH SOMEBODY, THE CHEMISTRY GETS BETTER AND BETTER. IF YOU DONT HAVE THAT LUXURY OF HAVING YOUR OWN DJ, MAKE SURE YOU MEET WITH THE DJ FIRST BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE TO AVOID ODD SITUATIONS THAT MAKE YOU SAY WHAT THE….

6. DONT SHOUT IN THE MIC
ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT…DONT SCREAM IN THE MIC, AND KNOW HOW TO POSITION YOUR MIC DURING PERFORMANCES.

AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU DO MUSIC TO ENTERTAIN PEOPLE. WITH THAT BEING SAID, IF YOUR SHOW SUCKS, THE LIKELIHOOD OF GETTING THOSE SAME PEOPLE TO COME BACK TO SEE IF SLIM. WORD OF MOUTH SPREADS LIKE A BUSH FIRE. SO YOU HAVE TO BE ON POINT. WITH THAT BEING SAID, IF YOUR SHOWS ARE GOOD, YOU GAIN LOYAL LIFELONG FANS.HOPE THIS HELPS.

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