Creating the best live performance for your fans has to do with a combination of:
Now I can't teach you to come up with your own ideas, that's your own responsibility, but I can teach you #1 and #3.
Refining your experiments (#3) is simple though, so I'll cover that here right now.
When experimenting with a new show idea, if it works, then write that down and save it.
Over the years, you will have so many of these successful ideas that you could create a show out them entirely. Simple, right?
You can even do this with improvised ideas. For example, if you decide you want to be a band that randomly does fire breathing in your shows, then you refine it by making sure you have fire-breathing equipment at every show to use if you so please.
The improv part of it, is that you don't have to do it every show. Just do it when you like.
We will cover #1 now.
Going to a show by a band that you love helps you gain ideas for your own shows. You can decide which elements you like, and which ones you really dislike.
Remember: nailing your own live performance is vital to your success as a musician.
Many artists make most of their money off of live performance because it can be so profitable IF they have a reputation for a great show. Your insight into what makes a show great could make a big impact on how fast the word spreads about your music.
As you go to more shows, eventually you learn enough to say "This is a good experience, and this is why". You should be able to make this statement about most elements of your show with some degree of awareness and certainty.
Some elements that I recommend taking note of:
And last but not least, lets remember that…
…concerts are fun! If you have a love for music, you probably already love going to shows anyways.
On top of these easily tangible elements, it's also important to consider how valuable it is to be part of this community surrounding your music.
Going to shows that are in your arena (or genre) of music can help you see what the community likes, and what their attitudes towards music are.
It can take a perceptive mind to make sense of this, so instead of teaching you that intuition (which is likely impossible), I'm going to recommend that you just submerge yourself in the culture. If you become a part of it, the culture will most certainly become a part of you as well, and your music in that area will flourish.
The connections you make in these communities will get you gigs, contracts, and maybe even TV ad placements (where all the royalties go to you); these things are a consequence of genuine human contact.
Another reason that I really love going to shows is that it inspires you to work harder on your own music. This motivation might come in the form of guilt (making you work harder because you know you aren't living up to your potential), or it might be a more positive, hopeful inspiration from knowing what you could achieve in the future.
Both reactions are still useful though, because they make you think about writing your own music, and motivate you to do so.
One last thing I will say about analyzing performances, is that too much analyzing can make your concert experience less enjoyable. Heck, even taking pictures/video's of the concert really takes you out of the experience, but you have to weight out the pro's and cons of doing so.
If you're analyzing or taking pictures, you might be less "in the moment" while you're at the show, but your memory of the show becomes saved forever because you now have a permanent memento of the show; your long-term experience becomes stronger, but your short-term experience is diluted. Be aware of the trade-off you are making.
Below are some of the lessons I've learned from the concerts I've attended, so wander through to see examples of elements you should pay attention to at concerts.
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