1 How did I perform today?
It’s important to rate yourself say out of 10, when below 5 is bad and above is great why this is important? So that you will see where you need to improve because if you do an average performance consistently promoters will notice and see that’s they don’t get return on their investment and stop inviting you to their shows. So you need to take responsibility of your performance, don’t make excuses like I performed after so and so that’s why or that’s was a gqom fans and I do hip hop, it’s really doesn’t matter if you did your best people would’ve interacted with you. So this is the 1st point you need to tick on your list. Just to add if you can do this to almost everything you do, you will see your performance will improve and most of the things you do will have a massive payoff.
I want to emphasize this , cause music artists make this mistake never take any performance for granted or want unnecessary special treatment in other events ,instead of doing what’s you came to do ,event come to a standstill because you are about to perform ,No please be organized and try to keep the party and fun going ,Lastly when you are starting to get paid for your gigs or becoming well known be human ,don’t make face at your deejay when he makes mistakes but help him out by filling the gaps ,I repeat don’t rush to perform and take your money and leave if you going to be a celebrity get used to having your life celebrated know there will be time for pictures with people and network but more about that’s on the following points
2. What’s Valuable contact did I make today?
Let’s assume as of reading this article you are a solo artist or a band but you don’t have a manager,who will pull strings for you or maybe there are acts you will see and like to work with , a photographer maybe see if you play your cards rights you can build the whole team along the way so take numbers and use them from social media , but in real life their more effective I might have said this before but we did a huge song with Shon G , we met once after a while wishing to work with him as he is a legend in KZN and my dream became a reality and bonus was seeing the guy making this song as his number 1 song. SO don’t be scared of talking to people most of them will be nice to you, use your past hustle to make them interested but please don’t make empty promises, that’s your reputation.
3. Who killed the crowd and how?
Tick the best performers, of the day and every time you attend even yourself if you did a great job that’s day. We not say copy their moves but energy wise, microphone techniques and how they approach a stage just take note more than turning to being a fan yourself. Maybe he has a Dj that’s do amazing things and maybe you don’t have a Dj and you always use your friend or something get professional and even help the Dj you use get paid because he is part of your crew, add dancers and all or eventually people will realize you are a fraud and stop booking you, so be real and treat yourself as such. Please while taking notes realize if your style is not like of someone mainstream too much like when you on stage instead of people appreciating your craft ,they might say things like ,you like so and so .That’s normally not a great compliment because that’s artist is outshining you. I know being an artist is being creative and others go overboard and do crazy things while on stage that’s fine if its compliments the songs and all but check if you not making fool of yourself and if there’s connection in what’s you do.
4. Are you’re Lyrics and sing along catchy?
You are trying to get people to say something and it’s too complex and deep down fans are asking are you out of your mind we are not you loll , look I’m not discouraging here see Bhut Tizozo is a master of this all his verses really interact with a crowd so pay attention to people like that’s. And to have an advantage like other big artists make your song famous, don’t ask us how we have a small book out there on Amazon store check it out titled MUSIC INSIDER by ULwaz No Makhula its has all the contacts and we will update it soon because we are also planning to be heard on radio ASAP. SO back to the point, check if what’s you ask people to say is easy, and in what’s I have touched above the stage approach, if you can find a way to take fans by surprise in your performance and introduce yourself within your set without cutting off the sound and make that’s awkward moment that’s will be a big up.
5. Did I leave any impression?
This one works well when there is media, but any attention and grand act you can do to be not forgotten after that’s event is important, just leave your mark and plan it if necessary its can be anything ,but nothing too controversial . E.g. if you sing a love song try to get a lady to join you on stage, move within the crowd if the microphone unless someone do that’s 1st or just kill a crowd the usual way you do. Making an example with Malwazela he’s not famous but when you put him on stage he leaves impression and that’s why it’s easy for me to remember him ,and Merel the guy never miss a bar and always uses his language isiZulu but anyone can feel his energy in KZN he is the best performer and he doesn’t force a thing ,he prepares well his sets are always on point.
6. How do I actually look?
Dress code, very important groups have an advantage when it comes to this but you too can have a way to look and have it match your stage performance,if you perform crap dress accordingly loll just kidding but serious dress to kill man and that’s will be your 1st impression ,ULwaz No Makhula it’s the only thing that’s usually make them stand out how they present themselves. We go to guys and pay for cloths with names written what we are pushing at the moment. In Hip hop some rappers can be dirty and that’s not how it’s supposed to be as an artist you should try by all means to look apart because you at work so treat it as such. Here what’s this does for you people take you seriously for us its came to the point where people knew we are charge for our performances because we invest so much in our brand ,clothes ,photo shoots ,music videos and 10000s posts so people know this guys are working. So after every show look at yourself were you the artist you will be happy to meet and give a hug too or you were just a normal dirty person who can sing.
7. How long did I stay on stage?
Here in South Africa you not given much time on stage, in Durban particularly you don’t need much time because you can end up ruining your own performance unless it’s a one man show. Don’t over perform set a reasonable 10 to 15 minutes and do your thing , 2 tracks if there is a big lineup is enough and think for your fellow artists as well and I want to say this try to be open to other artists at least greet them ,you are a family not a competition necessarily you just happen to fight for the same bookings but features and all should be in place so ,not connecting with people is really a handicap everyone should work on in this internet age of social media and earphones, people make things happen for you so try to get along with them into a certain extent. So don’t waste other Dj time when they want to put their set ,bab uMjay from Eyadini call it umona when Deejays do this so please if you read our content please don’t disappoint us.
Well this is it for today you made a great investment and learning this things ,apart from stage fright you will be fine and this is our good byes see you tomorrow on LnM. Thank you.