Category: Band Advice

David Darwin plays the bass, but that’s not his main gig.   He bills himself as the “One Man Sideshow” and performs an impressive array of circus tricks in a variety of show formats.   His skills have landed him a busy itinerary of private, corporate, and festival gigs around the country — and even helped him earn him a spot in the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent.

Watching one of Darwin’s shows, it’s obvious that the man knows how to own an audience, from restless five-year-olds to tired grandparents.   He captures the attention of everyone in eyesight and draws a crowd to him; only half-an-hour later, after a juggling and unicycle finale, does he release audience members, leaving them with big smiles and fond memories.

So what does this have to do with indie music artists?  While bands may have great songs and finely-honed chops, engaging an audience from the moment you walk on stage until the moment your last note fades is another skill entirely.  Here are tips that Darwin offered for indie artists on what to do before, between, and even during songs in order to make your entire performance as powerful as your individual songs might already be…

Read Darwin’s 7 tips HERE


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