Keeping the Audience Engaged

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rickbass, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. Wondering what methods of keeping your audiences focused on the music and the stage between songs you all have found effective or found problems with???

    The 3 I have found effective over the years are;

    1. As soon as one song ends, someone, (usually lead vocalist), gives a quick count, i.e, "1-2-3-4", and you launch into the next song, a la Ramones.

    2. Continuity - go from one song into the next without a break, as long as the two songs have about the same beat/style. Just the signature hook or melody changes.

    3. Voiceover - lead vocalist/front person (usually) mentions the band name and introduces the band members while drummer and bass play intro/hook of next song repeatedly at lower volume.
  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    We used to make fun of each other. The singer/guitarist broke a lot of strings, so the drummer and I would launch into VERY accesible but very fun to play drum and bass things.
  3. Stingray5

    Stingray5 Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Long Island, NY
    Our frontman's a real character. If he needs to stop for a second and tune his guitar he'll announce this is the case and instruct the audience to talk amongst themselves.

    The hyperactive horn players take care of the rest. ;)
  4. Or he could announce he is going to play that old Chinese song for them - "Tu Neeng"...:rolleyes:
  5. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    This is one area we had trouble with.Ive stressed time and time again that we needed to keep the music flowing so we wouldnt lose the audience,but it seemed that we couldnt hook more than two songs together before the guitarist had to take time out to tie his shoe,or the drummer had to worry about where his next beer was coming from.To make matters worse,every singer we ever had completely lacked stage presence,and if there wasnt a song playing,they froze like a Deer caught in a cars headlights.It made me want to scream!

    Now that that band is a thing of the past,hopefully my next project wont have the same problem.
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    you could always release something dangerous into the crowd, like a poisonous snake or a rabid monkey, that would keep them busy.
  7. Mike: Have you ever videotaped one of your shows? If not, I'll bet dollars to donuts a lot of it isn't pleasant for you to watch on tape. That little pause (to the band) for tuning between songs seems like minutes to the audience.

    But you can really learn where your stage presence needs some polishing (and possibly who needs to upgrade their tuning machines!).

    Sounds like your old band just didn't care....good riddance!
  8. Oh, you guys mean you think stage presense and doing a tight show might actually be important to the audience? Don't tell that to some that posted on the "Is stage presense extremely important" thread.
    I love a drummer that takes the show by the balls and keeps it moving, helps a show tremendously i think. Drummers that look around seeing if "everyone is ready" drive me up a tree. Those few seconds of nothing are awful to me. I'm often, but not always, the "frontman" of a band, at least as far as addressing the crowd goes. If i have a drummer who does take charge, i will tell him before the set where to give me time to say a few things. I do love going from one song to the next quick for a few songs, then telling a few quick jokes, then moving on. I do alot of comedy, but usually in small doses. Sometimes i'll do something like the dyslexic fairytail "Rindercella", which takes maybe 2 minutes, but that's rare for me, i save the longer stuff for when there's some kind of a technical problem and i might have to kill time.
    I hate when bands say tired old crap like "Were up in this house" "Who's getting drunk" "Is anyone ready to party" ect. That stuff is just totally unorigional and bores the hell out of me. If the crowd is dead, sometimes i'll say "Gee, thanks for that insincere smattering of indifference". I have a ton of quick little one liners in reserve to either break the ice, keep things going, or handle a heckler/idiot if need be. I do agree that watching yourself/band on a video tape can be a painful experience indeed, but is also invaluable. I hate watching myself, but try to learn from it what works, and what dosen't. I also firmly believe in singing new songs i do into a tape recorder playing bass at the same time then listening back to see what i liked and what areas i blew chunks on. It helps me tons have more confidence on where i actually am with it when it's time to do it live. Trent
  9. :D :D Hence, why your profile mentions, "Know any drummers?"

    I agree with you totally on the call and response stuff with the audience, in that, it bugs the hell out of US! , the musicians, because we see right through it.

    But, I can't deny, a "Who the hell wants to party their pants off out here tonight?!?!" always gets a ton of response, IME. They paid - it's their party, IMO.

    But I think I know what you mean, Trent - the shout-outs can feel veeeerry lame when you're the one doing them every week.
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Rick-We have taped a few shows,and youre right,its not pleasant for me to watch.

    Ive got my fingers crossed for my next project.

  11. Hey whats that suppose to mean I started that thread??
  12. Most of the time our band would wait for the cheering to die down then launch into the next song. Occasionally we would wait for quiet if we were doing something soft/slow. Right after the first song Megs would intro everyone, while we were playing this kinda quiet fill. Then we would jump back into it.

    If we had tech problems, we would resort to phyical humor, cause you don't need a mic for that. I would fake getting mad and go over and kick the lead guitarist or something, then we would get into this really fake fight. The audience loved it.

    I miss my band.:(

    Rock on