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How to Blow People’s Minds at Your Gigs

June 13, 2012 by Seamus Anthony
Article Series: Mewzo vs Monkey

Seamus Anthony's blog is about how the Musician (aka Mewzo) must first win "the battle" in the mind. Old Zen geezers call the problematic aspects of the mind "The Monkey". If you can tame the Monkey by getting your thinking right then happiness and success as a musician, on your own terms, are within your grasp. It's Mewzo Vs Monkey - let the battle begin!

How to Blow People’s Minds at Your Gigs

You can turn the innate human desire for love, appreciation and acceptance around and use it to blow minds at your gigs. How? By realising that when you play gigs, you are servicing this need for Love in your audience.

If you look out at the crowd and ask yourself “Why are they here?” you will come to realise that underlying all their conscious, superficial motivations, lies the same desire to be loved. So by giving them what they want you can draw the audience in to truly listen and pay attention to you and your music by … loving them.

OK that sounds wishy-washy right? But in fact it’s not.

Consider this: How do you actively show someone that you love them?

Respect Them

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Loving someone has a lot to do with respecting them. People crave this, so give it to them. Respect your audience.

If they just want to talk, let them. If they yell something out, respond in positive way. If you are having a shitty time on stage, respect the audience by resisting the urge to pout and sook. If they paid to get in – thank them in advance and then play your heart out for them – give them their money’s worth.

Serve Them

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want” – Zig Ziglar

Love is, in essence, all about service. The best way to satiate the audience’s desire to be loved is to serve them with all your might. Entertain them as best you can. Ease their stress by making them laugh. Sing or play so passionately that you move them to tears, helping them to cope with the pressures of their lives.

Play some songs they know. Play any requests. If they just need backing music tonight while they chat amongst themselves, then service that need without letting your ego get in the way (not always easy, I confess).

Remember: the way to get what you want is to give people what they want.

Set Them Free

“If you love somebody, set them free” – Sting

Love serves people by giving them what they need and people have a fundamental need to be free.

Try to cage a lover in, to posses them by manipulating them – you will probably lose them. Same goes for audiences.

If your audience can tell that you are trying to manipulate them, which is surely not an act of love, they will reject you. Be authentic; don’t just say things because you read about how to work a crowd. The crowd is not stupid, it has many brains, each one highly tuned to detect bullshit a mile away.

If you try to squeeze them for adulation, attention and respect, they will be repelled and refuse to give it you. It’s just like a relationship: if you’re desperate and demanding, you tend to turn your lovers away, if you just let them love you however they see fit, you attract love like a magnet.

Lead Them

People crave authentic leadership, leadership that is love-based in that it has the best interests of everyone concerned at heart. If you have enough self-belief and self-respect, you will innately believe in and respect every person in the audience, and this confident, liberated energy will attract people like flies to honey.

People are attracted to those who vibrate with enlightened energy. They are attracted to this energy because they need it for themselves, and because this energy, which is wholly composed of love, freely gives of itself – and that’s what people want, remember? Love!

So lead with love and your audiences will willingly eat from your hand. Word.

Listen to and/or download Seamus Anthony’s brand new single at www.SeamusAnthony.com and come see him “blow minds” at the all-new Melting Pot “Songwriters In The Round”, July 1, 2pm, Wesley Anne, Northcote.


The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

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Seamus Anthony

Seamus Anthony makes music in the Bar Romantic genre. His sound is similar to Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash – but more Australian. Enjoy with a twist of black funny.

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