Have you ever been to a gig to watch a rapper perform, but they didn’t really know what to say between songs? Perhaps, as an artist starting out, you might be discovering the unique stage fright that can sometimes take hold of people when they step on stage for a show. People in your audience want to feel connected to you – the best way to do that is to make them feel something towards you. Building a stage presence is one of the many ways you can truly connect with your fans. Here are some other tips to help you build a loyal fan base.
Make Eye Contact
When artists are up front and center during a performance, there can be a tendency to view “the crowd” instead of the individuals within it. One of the best ways to connect with your audience is by giving each individual a one-on-one moment with you. Look each person square in the eye. Touch their shoulders and bounce with them. A fan who has a moment with you will be transfixed by this and become an active participant in your performance, waiting to see what will happen next.
If you don’t have much to say, don’t make stuff up or else it will seem forced. However, be yourself and let your genuine nature be a connection point with your fans. If you’re angry about something on a truly personal level and can tie it to one of your songs, share it with your audience. Keep your focus, however, on things that make everyone feel loved and accepted. Your audience will react positively and you will personally connect with them.
What you do off-stage says just as much about you as what you perform on it. Make yourself available before and after a show. Strike up good conversations with the members of your audience. You’ll connect with them in a way that big name rappers can’t, and you might even find little nuggets of inspiration for your next big hit!
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