I once played a gig with an attendance of about 100 people. Doesn’t sound bad, but 99% of the people seemed like they didn’t care.
You see, me and my band were the musical entertainment before a non-music event. So the people weren’t there to see us.
It felt like the seats were empty because, after each song, nobody clapped. It was so weird and awkward.
Actually, I shouldn’t say nobody clapped — the soundman did.
He was the 1% that actually mattered.
And that 1% is what I should’ve been concerned about the whole time. Every concert I play should be for the 1%.
Let me explain: the 1% are the people that actually care. The people that honestly enjoy your music.
Even if it’s just one person out of a hundred, the concert will have been worth entertaining that individual.
I’ll perform through awkward silences if it means only one person enjoyed it. It’s all about connecting with one person at a time.
And it turned out that this soundman wanted me to play for some festivals that he runs. So the event ended on a high note.
You never know who’s listening, so play each show for the 1% — for that one person who cares.