The next instalment of our ‘Gig For Victory’ blog series aimed at helping new musicians improve their gigging experience is focused on ‘song choices’.
Picking a good set list for your gig is vital to successfully gaining new fans.
As always, this advice is based upon coordinating over 1.000 gigs in the North East of England, but may not apply to everyone. We’re also focussing mainly on cover songs too, so if you only do originals then please leave a comment below and we’ll steer you in the right direction.
The best piece of advice for a new musician is to look at he age range of your audience. Playing the latest George Ezra hit will go down a storm in the student union bar, but less so in a Northumbrian village pub. Also, playing your favourite band’s songs is all well and good, but if the band is for example, The Cooper Temple Clause then the likelihood is no one is going to know what you’re playing! The key thing to take from this is, playing songs people know is going to win the audience over and make your gig a great experience. Engaging the audience will make a great atmosphere, and hopefully lead to more gig bookings. Also remember that if you are looking to get paid gigs, the promoter or venue will generally only book musicians who play crowd pleasers, so be prepared to sell out if you aim to make a living from live performance! Take a look at the illustration for some of the most popular songs played by paid musicians. Notice you probably know all of them, and so will the audience in any bar. Continue reading