How to play your best in front of an unresponsive crowd

Most musicians have been in this awkward and terrifying situation at least once during their careers. Many artists believe that they agree to an unwritten contract when they perform. If they play well, the audience will appreciate it by giving them their attention and enthusiastic response. Every performance is different, just like many other types of music. No matter how much time and effort you spend making sure that your performances are always the best they can be, unfortunately, no preparation can guarantee that your audience will also be on top form.

You might dream of entertaining vast stadiums packed with roaring fans, but it’s inevitable that at some point in your career, you’ll be confronted with an awkward crowd. These tips help you perform your best in front of a hostile crowd.

Please do not play it like you are taking it personally.

Most musicians can’t take it personally while playing in front of people who don’t care about their music. It’s not easy to take criticism from a crowd that doesn’t respect your art or sacrifices after you’ve worked hard and invested a lot of money. It’s better not to let it affect you. Instead, you can play as best despite the crowd’s low energy. Playing angrily, poorly, or insecurely only proves to the crowd how right you are about them. Give everyone your best, even if they don’t deserve it. Music is incredibly subjective: people have different tastes and preferences, so it’s impossible to expect everyone to love your work. Just because some people don’t appreciate your style doesn’t make you a poor musician.

Do not assume that your audience is the only one.

Although it can be easy to conclude your audience based on a few songs being played, this could lead to you making mistakes. Although you may think you know how to judge a crowd by its reaction to your songs and energy, you don’t. It can be awkward for listeners to admit that they enjoy the performance because it makes them feel vulnerable. People like this tend to save their enthusiasm for the after-show merch stand. It’s possible that your intuition was right, but the crowd didn’t like your band. Instead of trying to figure it out on stage, please do your best and let the cards fall as they may. After you are done, assess.

Keep the positives and the negatives for later.

Performers must make the most of the positive energy they are giving while also deflecting negative vibes. This can be very difficult but essential. It is an art. You need to understand and interpret your audience’s energy until it becomes detrimental to your performance. It is crucial to tell when a crowd is not interested in your performance. However, you will need to learn to ignore it until you are done. If a crowd is not giving you anything back, you need to double down to make the difference. It’s not easy, but music is.

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