OPEN MIC NIGHTS FOR SINGERS
How to utilise Open Mic nights as a singer!
Open Mic nights for singers. They may not be quite on a par with an actual gig, but playing at an Open Mic night will have its benefits for you. Your best bet would be to scout out which venues in your local area host the events, then try and attend maybe one or two every week. It may come at some cost, for example petrol expenses, but if you are serious about a career in the music industry then it is something that must be done. Here are some common gripes with Open Mic nights and why these aren’t necessarily a bad thing!
- You don’t get paid – this is true, however to actually start making money from playing shows you need to build up a solid fan base and play at larger venues. This doesn’t happen overnight and local Open Mic nights are the first place you should be hitting to build up your presence in the local area.
- There won’t be many people there – again, this can be true. You could use this to your advantage. It gives more opportunity to interact with the people there and get used to being watched by a crowd if you haven’t done any proper gigs yet. It’s all practice as you develop your ability to perform your songs live without the opportunity to stop and start like in a rehearsal.
- People at open mic nights don’t tend to be avid fans of any particular style. So don’t worry about people not liking your style of music. Quite often there will be a variety of musical styles on show.
- Quite often, a chunk of your audience may be fellow musicians. This is a double-edged sword. Sometimes, supporting each other with compliments can lead to building a rapport and potential gig partners in the future. On the other hand, musicians can be the hardest people to please at times. They will spout negativity to make themselves better if they see someone technically superior to themselves. If you come across people like this, just ignore any negativity and avoid giving any stick back. Show yourself to be the bigger person.
- You have the opportunity to showcase new material and see how it is received. This way after your performance you could ask for any feedback and make any additional changes to the song to give it more appeal. You could use it as a chance to write a proper set list so you keep the best received songs in and remove any that didn’t get much of a reaction.
SINGING AT OPEN MIC NIGHTS
- Use this not only for your music, but also for your performance skills. Interact with the crowd between songs to avoid any silent patches. This doesn’t mean jump around like a loony running amongst the crowd, just the simple things. For example, not putting your hands in your pockets during vocal breaks.
- Practice being confidant and combating any nerves. Avoid having any kind of arrogance, as you don’t want to potentially annoy fellow musicians who could end up being good contacts for you to have on the gig circuit.
- The most important thing is to network. Try different Open Mic nights all over your area don’t just stick to the same ones. Speaking to other singers and acts will hopefully open up more performance opportunities, shared gigs, promoter details and other gig opportunities.
- At the end of the day all practice is one step to being tighter when performing live!
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