Playing live is one of my most favorite parts of being a musician.
It’s almost addictive, standing onstage and performing for an audience that’s there to listen to you.
Of course, not every gig is great and you don’t always have a good time. But it usually beats sitting at home watching TV!
While we were on tour this year we came up with a check list of the 3 things that could make a gig worth it.
- People were listening
- We made money
- We enjoyed ourselves onstage
If we got at least two of the three it would usually be a good gig.
If people were there and we had a good time onstage it wouldn’t be the end of the world if we didn’t make money because at least we had a great time and people were into us.
Other times we might make money from the venue paying us but nobody was there. It still wasn’t a terrible gig because we enjoyed ourselves onstage and had fun playing random slow blues songs to nobody in particular.
Of course, when we hit all three it was usually a great night! Playing to a receptive audience while sounding good, having fun and getting paid?
That’s the type of experience I want you all to have, which is why I’ve been working hard on a new eBook called GigReady: The Essential Guide to Booking, Performing and Making Money From Your Gigs.
It’s about halfway done so let me know soon if there’s anything you’d like me to discuss and I’ll add it to one of the chapters. I’ve already heard from a few of you but I’d love to know more about what’s stopping you from having the time of your life onstage.
Tomorrow I’m going to talk about the 3 qualities your band needs to have in order to be booked back to a venue.
Keep an eye out for it tomorrow!