As fans of music, one of the most exciting ways to experience our favorite songs is live shows. Concerts are a major part of bridging the gap between the artist and the fan. Especially in Hip Hop, one of the most energetic and popular genres of music today, it’s important for every artist at every level of their career to remember these six elements for a successful live show.
Start on Time
If the time on the tickets says 8 p.m., then you and your crew should do everything in your power to get the party started at 8 p.m. A late start time is usually one of the biggest complaints that fans have about attending live shows. Whether you have an opening act or you’re going solo, be ready to touch the stage at the advertised time. In addition, many venues have to abide by regulations that require concerts to end at a certain time. You wouldn’t want to get fined for breaking curfew.
Play Your Biggest Hits
Your fans are your fans because of the impact that your music has had on their lives. Every hip hop fan can recall a song that helped them connect to the genre. As much as you want to and should debut your new material and current vibe, don’t forget the hits that put you on the map. That song that went viral on the internet will definitely be a crowd pleaser at every level of your career.
Studies show that performers are actively burning plenty of calories on stage. Between walking back and forth across the stage and the heat of the lights, the physical aspects of performing can be exhausting by the end of the show. Staying hydrated will help you maintain your endurance throughout the show.
This is a frame of mind that all hip-hop artists should adopt. Don’t forget to thank your fans for spending their time and money to come to your show. They aren’t just enjoying some of their favorite music, they’re also supporting your career and adding to your credibility and popularity as an artist.
Shout Out the Greats
All hip-hop artists started out as fans. Taking a moment to mention some of the artists that have had an impact on your life and career is another way to connect with your fans. The way you feel about your favorite hip hop acts could be how the fans in your audience feel about you. Mentioning the name of legends or even covering your favorite verse at the show will add some nostalgia and enhance the atmosphere of your show.
This Week’s Featured Artist: Geter HD
Part of the HD music group, Geter HD is originally from South Baltimore. Geter HD is well-known for his work with artists PNB Rock, Jada Kiss, and Styles P. With his fellow HD artist Lor Choc HD, he has made several hits with his unique ability to compose music and lyrics in real time. If you want to know more, follow Geter HD and other En La Calle artists on Instagram.
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