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Become a World Class Performer & Own The Stage Part I

Christopher Greenwood, Smartmusicbusiness.com

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15 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. My Story How I Got Started Performing On Stage

      3:17
    • 2. Don't eat too much before the show

      2:23
    • 3. Hiring Good Musicians

      5:02
    • 4. Proof: Over 1,000 Shows Rocked In 4 Continents

      4:30
    • 5. The Foundation To a Great Show Is Great Songs

      3:39
    • 6. Overcoming Stage Freight

      3:45
    • 7. Rehearsals

      5:03
    • 8. Walking Onto The Stage With Confidence

      3:54
    • 9. Vocal Warmups

      3:00
    • 10. Putting Together a Powerful Set List

      7:28
    • 11. Learning To Speak In Between Songs

      5:08
    • 12. Winning Over The Audience

      3:15
    • 13. Making Eye Contact

      2:07
    • 14. Sharing Your Story

      2:59
    • 15. How I Failed What I Wish I Did Better

      4:42

About This Class

As the artist Manafest I've sold over 300,000 albums worldwide, over 1,000,000 singles and toured over 20 different countries. 

I have put this course "Become a World Class Performer & Own The Stage" together for you - to which you have full lifetime access, including all the updates, for free.

I "take you step by step" showing you:

  • Overcome Stage freight & Perform With Confidence
  • Speak Confidently Between Songs
  • $10,000 a Month Touring Strategy

Transcripts

1. My Story How I Got Started Performing On Stage: Hey, guys, is Chris Greenwood here, also known as Manifest in a four time Juno Award nominee, rock and hip hop artist, and just want to say thanks so much for checking out this course. I really believe in performing and touring. It's the main part of my music business, which is playing live shows, and I had to learn it really quick because I remember when I quit my job, I used to be an I T. Guy network engineer making over $70,000 a year, and but I was passionate about music. And so I quit my job. When I got signed to this record deal and I thought I was gonna be this rock rap star and I went on the road and I almost went broke really quickly, and I realized that my show was not good enough. I realized that if I put on a better show, I would sell more CDs and still more merch, and I'd connect better and have long term fans. And remember being at these festivals and watching these other artists. I was like, Oh, I was studying them and seeing how they connected with their audience, how they won them over how they didn't hide behind the Green Room. And they don't actually hung out with people at the merch table and signed autographs and just connected with the fans. And we're cool. It didn't separate themselves, and I learned the business of touring and making an incoming. I realized I needed to step up my show. I needed to learn how to engage with the crowd. I needed to learn how to speak on my toes like I'm speaking right now in this video and learn how to speak in between songs, crack jokes, make it work and win over my audience. And those are some of the things I cover in this course, learning how to sell from stage and not being sales in, but just being passionate. How to share your story, your story behind your songs, your story of the things you went through your struggle so that you can put on an engaging live show. You know, the important things that video, how to run your tracks. There's so much involved in performing and touring, and it's one of the most important things you need to know as an artist and a musician, because it's one of the largest income sources. That's why you have all these old school bands still touring because they make their majority of money off touring and so do I. Still, my main income is not song writing and just selling music online, even though I have a course of make great money on that. You could make even Mawr touring and playing live shows because the live show is what promotes everything else and everything starts from the live show in the songs. And so I encourage you to check out the course and go through all the modules and take action on them and don't quit and apply them. It doesn't happen overnight, but as you go through all these, take notes, record your show and see what you can apply. See what you can change and you watch your show go from here to there. I've played over 1000 shows in 20 different countries, from Japan to China to New Zealand, Australia, England, Germany, Holland and the list goes on and on, but and I've learned some things. I've learned what works and what doesn't and how you can make an amazing income and really see the world tour the world and get paid for. This is getting any better than that. But you gotta learn these things. And so I love artists, love helping, and I love playing live shows. And I believe in you guys. So let's go through this course and take action today and step up your show. Cheers. 2. Don't eat too much before the show: Okay. I've got two stories of why you should not eat too much before show. Once I was in Japan and in order to vote Japan, but they had the best butter chicken curry. OK, some Indian food in Japan. I know it's crazy and I'll never forget. We went to the show and we're performing, but I ate way too much of that before the show. And during the show, Man, I just felt heavy, so heavy and so like, Oh, I could kind of feel it coming up sometimes. And it was just gross. It didn't allow me to move as much. I encourage you to try. If you're gonna eat, eat an hour and 1/2 or so once you've eaten, allow an hour and 1/2 for your food to digest. I would much rather go perform on an empty stomach as long as I've got the energy. Maybe eat some fruits and light snacks. Just something maybe to keep my sugar levels up. That's cool. I do not like to do the Red Bull unless I really, really need it. Okay. Um, I also I love Earl Grey. Tea. London fogs. It's called Earl Grey. tea Lattin, but it has milk in it, and I just like them so much. But sometimes I've performed at while drinking them or just before Drinking of in the milk is not good for singing at all. I know that might sound like Duh, but I've done it and really suffered the disaster from it and didn't wreck the show or whatever, but I just made it. I could tell it made it really hard for me. And then another time, I was just I was doing speaking, performing, and I was doing like, like, school assemblies. But I hadn't eaten, and I was so hungry. And so right before I went on stage, I had eaten this like feta egg wrap thing from Starbucks and enduring my speaking and performing. I literally felt it kind of come up a little bit like pieces of food, and it was absolutely disgusting. So don't eat during the show, no matter what, and if you are drink a smoothie or something that can still give you energy, I shouldn't have eaten, you know, such physical food right before the show, because it totally threw me off. And you just don't want that. All right, So don't eat too much more. The show if you do Hour and 1/2 if you are gonna If you need something, you need some kind of sustenance. Drink a smoothie or just something light that isn't gonna like, really like bog down your body so that you can deliver the best performance is possible. 3. Hiring Good Musicians: Hey, guys, thanks so much for taking this course. I hope you found it's super valuable So far. I want to talk to you guys about hiring musicians, hiring good players and building a good team around you. Whether you're solo artists that hires people or whether you're just in a band and you're allowing certain members to come in, you don't want to just allow anybody to come in okay, that can just play good instrument. You want them to make sure that they have good attitudes. They're hard working and cant just play really well on their guitar bass. Or be a good drummer. Because when it comes to playing live shows and when it comes to tour and you're living with those people, it's almost like a marriage on the road with them sleeping in the hotel room, sleeping in the van, sleeping on the side of the road, spending hours and hours and hours with people, and then literally you're on stage for what, 30 minutes to an hour and 1/2 at most, But then you spend the majority of the time off the stage. This is something a lot of new artists don't realize until they get on the road and then they break up because they realize the people they've got out are not the right people. They don't really actually get along with them. They can for a short amount of time and be rehearsing a little bit in playing a show here, there, when it comes time to actually doing this seriously is an actual career. It doesn't work, and so that's why it's important to really screen the people that you're about to hire and have play for you. I've played with over 17 drummers I've played with. I don't know how many guitarists on and I play with numerous numbers of bass players, and I basically just had the experience of hiring and firing a lot of individuals from dudes that have found drunk in the bathtub, passed out and just attitudes and just crazy stuff. And let me just share this one thing. Good playing will open the door and get you into the gig, but it's your attitude that will keep you there. And so you want to hire guys that not only can play well but have good attitudes or positive, hardworking, have the same vision is you and really want to come behind you and support you in everything you do not heckling you about money and bothering you all the time, but are just really supportive and stoked to be there and still to play the show because you gotta understand, like it's a real privilege to be able to play music and to get paid for it. There's so many people that want that opportunity to be able to play music for a living. There's always somebody else is looking to take that job. So there's no room for this rock star attitude and just issues and people just just not being cool on the road. You should make no room for it, and I always say higher, slow and fire fast. I know things happen and sometimes you just need someone to fill in a gig. That's why it's important to get a good reference. But really check out the person really say, Hey, are you gonna be the same person that you are in this interview right now? What? We're hanging out the coffee shop hanging out because after a show with you, I'm going to know exactly how you are really, especially after two days. So are you this type of person or you this type of person? Because it's gonna show out really well. And I want to know if you're really a good fit for this band and for this place. Okay, So you really want to screen people and make sure you got the right people besides you and playing with you and and also looking the right part, right? I'll talk about this more outfits. But when you're hiring people, you want to make sure that they are cool to come behind your image in your branding and an issue one time with a musician that was kind of doing his own thing, doing crazy makeup and all kinds of weird hair stuff, and the rest of us were completely different. There's nothing wrong with him doing makeup and and all this stuff and doing the eyeliner and the whole extra stuff, but it just didn't really fit my brain. And so we asked him to change in to switch it up. And you know what? He was really cool about it, which is great, but we had to bring it up, and it wasn't really a fun conversation, but he took it really well. And so that was the main thing, which is cool. But sometimes you have to have card conversations. You have to have some hard conversations that maybe now, after watching this video, you're like, Oh, I mean, it's talk to this guy about that and want to make sure that, you know, he understands. Or she understands what is expected to be a part of this gig, whether that is your band or your just hiring them on. Okay, So don't be scared, Teoh. Tell people what you want and to be clear about it because this is your bed. This is your brand. This is your music. This is what you're putting into the world. This is playing live. People are watching you and you want to make sure that your image and your brand is being demonstrated. And it's being properly like showed and that everybody is lining up toe what you want and what is expected. Okay, so lesson to take away from this higher, slow fire fast. Don't just have a good, talented people, but have good attitudes, have hardworking people, and they're going to really have your back when it gets tough, when things go down and things just don't always work out people that are gonna be really behind you and support you 100%. 4. Proof: Over 1,000 Shows Rocked In 4 Continents: what I want to dio What I wanted to show you guys in this video is just my spreadsheet that I keep. And it's just my tour history. And I've removed some of the columns because some of the information is private as faras when I'm getting paid and ah, the actual venue name. I want to keep that private. But what I have here is every show that I've played. I put in the spreadsheet, how much I sold in merch and the market the venue. I put a lot of details in there so that when if I get asked to play there again, if it's a festival or something like that, I can go back and look at my history and see if it was any good. Okay, so here, a lot of California stuff. Switzerland. Holland. We did that. Arizona. We're still in 2015. I was pretty busy in January. A lot of Canadian dates last year, we in December, we went to Ah, where's that? Germany? Russia. So that was awesome. The majority of my shows are in the US, but I do a lot of Canadian shows as well as um, International stuff outside of North America. So anyways, look how many shows I've got going up here like this just goes and goes and goes and goes and goes. And that's when I went to Singapore. Remember that I was amazing. But anyways, it's really cool to look back and be like, Oh, I remember that too. Remember that Date and toe have information. And Teoh, this is also great when you're approaching a manager or, ah, booking agent to say, Look, this is my tour history. This is everything I have done. If you want somebody to You know what I mean? Like Teoh. Look, it's showing my numbers here, and I don't really want you to shoot. Show my numbers here with you guys. Sorry. Um, but it's just great information to be showing people and what is available and what you've done and proof it's really valuable. So I just want to show you guys that that this goes all the way back, like I've been doing this. Like, if I scroll this down all the way, I've got dates going all the way back to 2000 and six. It looks like when I started doing this nice. I've been playing shows before Then I started performing live in 2000 so there's five years missing, but anyways, is when I start to get really serious about my career. Because I think I quit my job a couple of years after this. And so that really helped me. And so I want to show you that and just also show you some pics of me, um, to just kind of show. Hey, I actually did do this stuff, and I do actually tour. I thought I just show you this for fun. These air, some throwback pictures of me rapping when I was like a little kid. Um, this is kind of upside down, but there's me right there, performing on some flatbed truck. You got to start somewhere. Okay, guys, And then here is some shots of me and my guys and why See, this is like a really big stage. Had really nice production there. That was in Alberta. Ah, and here's when I was in Japan and being interviewed with my man Koi from Cross Faith. We're getting interviewed in Tokyo before we played a show. So this is the interview there, and so she was interviewing us at that show. Where's the Europe show? We went to Russia recently. Europe 2014. So here's some shots of us rocking out. There's me and the guys in front of What is that called, Um, getting Remember Red Square, Red Square in Russia. That was awesome in Moscow. Okay, so that was really fun. See what else I have here that I just want to kind of show you guys some some picks? Here's just some manifest live shows. Where is this? This is the arena tour we did with Skillet playing in all these crazy arenas we bought onto that tour. It was so awesome. That's why you see the black cloth here. Ah, because that's the next band that was opening. And then there's another band. So we were support on that band, and it was a lot of fun. There's just another shot. We had our banners up there as well. There's me rock into that with the mike stand. I teach you guys that in the course, but anyway, I just wanted to show you guys some picks and different things. Oh, here's the peut tour we did with, um flyleaf. This is the poster, one of the posters with all the dates that was like a dream come true. Getting on that tour and there's the tour there, I said, my logo there. I didn't get a pick. I was opening support, but hey, all good, super stoked to be on that to an honored. But anyways, that's just some stuff I want to show you guys or some of the dates that I've done and just the social proof that I know what I'm talking about here. And I'm really, really excited to go through this course with you guys and teach you everything I know about performing in the business of touring and just helping you guys take your show to the next level. So let's get into it. 5. The Foundation To a Great Show Is Great Songs: the foundation to a great show is toe have great songs. That's what you're standing upon. You could have all the lights you could have all the great sound, all the outfits, all the best gear. But when it comes down to it, you gotta have songs. You've gotta have good songs. You could be in the best entertainers players and you put on a good show. But at the end of the day, you know the songs is what really counts, what really makes. I've seen the bands that have all the production and whatnot, and they put on the show on the lights and everything. But then, if you strip that all the way, what is left your songs? That's what you're standing upon. I remember, I think, was Justin Bieber put in an acoustic album of I Think It was Believe or one of his records , and someone made the comment that, you know, the songs were all stripped down, but they still sound really good because the song writing was so good and you know what? That's a powerful statement. If you've got good songs in the song writing and their heartfelt, they connect with people no matter what the production, no matter what's going on, you're gonna touch people because the songs themselves contains so much substance and so much meaning. I look at a band like Radiates the Machine, not a ton of production, not a ton of things going on. Just a lot of raw instruments, but so much passion, so much rage in their songs. But again it hits and it hits home. And I've seen it all the time at different shows. Those with the crazy light show in the whole thing. But it's just like the songs aren't that great, not really into it. And then those with nothing and you're just captivated. Okay, so it comes down to really having great songs, and maybe you don't have a lot of songs yet. That's okay. We'll keep writing, keep right and keep performing. Find out what works you know. Taking these songs and going performing them and seeing what connects with people is a great way to find out, test your songs and then just, you know, fix it from there and then tweak and tweak and tweak and tweak and just fix it as you go along, performing live is an amazing way to find out what works and what doesn't and listening to your audience, getting the feedback and then changing it. Another opportunity or option for you is to throw some covers in there, throw a few covers in there if you're just getting started and you have to do a longer set and see you see if you there's some songs that would fit with your set list and fit with your genre of music and then just toss it in there. One thing we do for fun during my show is we do this thing called Freestyle, where I'm I get the audience to hold up something in their hand and I freestyle and make up a rhyme about whatever it is they're holding up. But my guys, they're playing a C D. C back in black, and it just kind of fits fun. And it connects with the audience and is just like a cool little moment that they remember . And that's just a really recognisable song. And so it goes, Well, maybe there's something during your show where you're doing a cover that fits well and you do a different slant on it. Um, and it just connects with the audience. Another powerful way, but again comes down to this song is a good song, writing some artists. I'll just be honest. I'm not big on this, but they do it and I totally get it. It's totally cool if you do it as well to is, sometimes they buy songs. They buy songs that were written from really great songwriters that are produced really, really well. And they perform those. I met a guy in an awards show, Amazing Singer, Amazing songs like Man. I went to talk to this guy and found it that he buys all his songs from different songwriters in Nashville, and I was like, Oh, cool man, I thought you thought you might have wrote them. He's like, No, no, I just focused on performing and touring him live and recording them And he just really has decided not to be a songwriter and focus on his strength, which is obviously singing and performing. That's OK, too. No right or wrong way. The only right thing to do is is to make your show is best is you can connect with people, change lives with your 6. Overcoming Stage Freight: overcoming stage fright for me didn't happen overnight. I used to be so scared. I used to be so nervous. I used to run back and forth to the bathroom like a 1,000,000 times and just be like, kind of scared waiting to go on stage and waiting for them to call my name. And I would be nervous and I gotta be honest. There's a few things the way I look at this, being nervous is a good thing because it means you appreciate the stage you honor this stage. You, you honor the people that you are performing in front of. And the way I overcame that fear of stage fright is by getting in front of those people again, getting in front of them again and again and again and again. Not like cowering in a little corner, being all scared by just going after it and going for rocking it on stage and just looking people in the eye and and just just just stepping out there and taking action. That's the only way you're gonna overcome it is by throwing yourself because the less you perform, the less experience you have and because what do you scared of right? You're scared of people judging you are making fun of you or maybe sound going wrong or people not liking the music. But the more you perform, you realize those things really don't matter. You realize, actually, people are just loving to see you perform, and they just wish they could be you and perform on stage. That's what they're looking at, it fact that you have the guts to go step out on stage and sing or rap and play the guitar or whatever it is you're performing up there. They're just like, Wow, that's what they they say that they call them idols because they're idolizing you saying Hey, man, I would love to do that, you know, they just would love to be in your position. So think about it that way. And another key that really changed for me and how I overcame some of my fear of performing live was I stopped thinking about what it is I'm getting and what Ungh, evicting. I'm going there to share a message. I'm going there to share my music, share my heart to impact, lives to entertain. I'm not going to get something I'm going to give something When you change that in your mind and and what you're focusing on that fear just is gone. It's just gone. So it's a really great key toe overcoming stage fright. But again, the best way is just by getting up on that stage again and getting up on that stage again and realizing you got nothing to be faith, afraid of stuff is going to go wrong. Things were gonna fall apart. You know, I'm working on this lecture right now. Something would go wrong. Someone could speak. Someone could make fun of this lecture. Someone could, You know sound could go wrong. But I'm just gonna get up. I'm gonna do it again, and you got to save yourself. Look, I'm committed to this and whether I fail and people don't really like it or don't fully connect. I'm going to get up there again and just make that commitment to say, Hey, I'm going to stick with this until I overcome it. I still get nervous sometimes performing, but I've done it so many times now that it's flushed the fear out. And so that will happen as you get up there and good Over there. You have more experience under your belt. It's just like going to a job for the first time. Of course, the first time is a little scary, but you go to your job again. Second day. It's not so scary. The third time. Oh, it's not so bad after a week. You're like, OK, I got it after a couple weeks of doing it and being at your new job, you're comfortable. Your urine, your skin will. The same thing is with performing. It just takes time to develop it. But still, sometimes I still get a little nervous. That's OK. Normally, it's just get get to that first saw. Get through that first song in the first lyric it up there. I kind of feel that you know that sound is good and everything's okay. And you know what? Even if sound goes wrong and I'll talk about that more in a different lecture. But if it does go wrong or you're worried about it, Okay, who cares? Fix it. It's not your fault. Fix the sound. Just something tweak. Whatever. Just got a tweak. Fix the mic of theirs. Feedback a salmon and check the mike and just make sure everything is okay again. Get on with the show. Who cares? All right. So I hope that encourages you with overcoming stage fright. 7. Rehearsals: band rehearsals. Practicing. Getting your songs ready for this show is so important, especially you as the singer. I want to stress and focus on that, first of all, by you practicing the songs to the point that it is just muscle memory, that you could be doing something else. Something else goes wrong. But you know the songs so well. You're not fazed by anything, and this sometimes takes time. Their songs. I've been performing for years. This is one song, Impossible. I could do it with, like, you know, so much going on I could be so distracted. But I've done it so many times. It is just ingrained in me. It just comes out. That's what you really want when it comes to performing on stage. Just want to be able to be so free so that you can engage more with the crowd. You can engage more with your musicians so you can just have fun and not be thinking, Oh, what's the next lyric? What's the next Larry? What's the next melody? Oh, what am I saying next? Where do I gotta move? No, it just comes naturally to you because you've practiced it so many times. It is not fun performing new songs that you don't know very well. It's not. It's a stressful Personally, I it just freaks me out, and I just don't have as much fun as I do the songs that I know so well. Yeah, sure, it is fun to perform a new songs. You haven't performed it in a while, but as far as like in the back of your mind, like when you're when you're singing and doing your thing, you're just thinking like I want. I want to do it right and the other thing is to You have been built up the muscle memory either. And so your your vocal cords and you're breathing. You haven't practiced the breathing, and this is something a lot of I haven't heard. A lot of people talk about her teach about is that there's certain breathing patterns that your body gets used to, and this is part of the muscle memory that so you know where to take your breasts. On a brand new song like sure you recorded in the studio, that's fine. But then, to perform it live, your body is not used to the breathing and also not used to like. You know, it's one thing to perform here, like I practice songs in my studio here, but then when I go on performing live, it's a bit of a different thing, man. There's different things going on. It could be different altitude, different rooms of oxygen. You know, you're you got energy from the other songs, just things going on. It's not exactly the same. So that's why it's so important to go over it as many times and in different scenarios and just practice the junk out of that thing. So you are prepared. You know what it or did I hear says Good preparation releases. The pressure takes the pressure off the MAWR. You prepare for something and it's so true, Man, it's so true. The more you prepared, the more or less pressure. And, you know, good preparation equals good. No good preparation equals good performance or good presentation, as they say, Okay, And that's the same thing with you working with your band, you know, and practicing with the band, making sure they know all the parts. The drummer knows all these parts and a drummer should come prepared and I just did a show in Germany and in Holland, and I flew Teoh or was it a flew to England and we did a rehearsal there at the studio. Just wanted a rehearsal studio that was like 100 bucks jammed out with these guys. Got to know them before we played, which is really cool, because it's not always fun showing up at a place and never even met the person before. But I hire Oh my guys out. So I've played with so many different musicians. And so I played with two guys and even know before a drummer, a guitarist. We hung out. It was in England, actually. And where was at Bristol? And we went to this rehearsal studio, jammed out the songs a couple times a destroyed, jammed out the set with me, and I felt like they were good. And then I went and chilled, did some work to some song writing, Actually, while they rehearsed the songs even again, and it was it went really great. And what a difference that makes just to go over there certain parts and so I can point out Hey, no, I want you to do this Phil here or I like this is where I'd like you to be on the stage during this part, just solo, that that's that's your spot right there and just there's a certain style or something, just a little off. And then the count ins are so important. And if your drummer is triggering the tracks and just knowing when to come in, how long to wait? Thes things were important, and it makes a big difference on the flow of the show. Like you want to have all these things ironed out before you get to the show. And it's like, Okay, what's happening? What song is next? And that's why it's important to have a leader, you need a leader and I'm the leader in my band. And so, you know, if I for playing the show and it's time for the next smiles turn to the drummer like it was like Cool hits it on able tenor. We used to use an iPod back in the day as well to and trigger the tracks and just flow with it. But that's why you iron all these things and everybody has their set lists, and everything's double checked and they know what's going on, especially if you need to cut something or something needs to change during the show. Because sometimes I'll be like, No, we're skipping a song and they need to be prepared for that. And that's where I explain that in the rehearsals I'll be like, Hey, this is the set list. But this song we might skip or this song we might skip and they'll be like, OK, they're prepared for it and it makes a huge difference on the flow of the show. Okay, so don't just slap together your set list right before with your band. Practice it out. Rather, sit out, especially new songs, so that you can give and focus on the best performance you can and engage and entertain the crowd. 8. Walking Onto The Stage With Confidence: walking onto the stage with confidence like you own it. Sometimes when I go onto a stage, sometimes I'll have the Michael my hunch like, Come on, you guys pretty the party or I'll just like walk on us. We like pointing at the people like Come on, come on, like, you know, just walking on like you own it, not walking on like, Hey, guys, how's it going? You guys ready to have a good time tonight? It's like, I know you guys have a good top tonight. Let's do this boom! That's going to the song. You know, sometimes it is a smaller crowd, even like, hey, basketball, come up to the front. Let's have a good top tonight. Let's Brock this, you know, having your intro song for you to walk out, to adjust, being something that you're comfortable with, something that excites you that pumps you up on some. Sometimes that's what you need to have, like an intro beat or something. T kind of intro you onto the stage so you can walk on there and just own it. You know, I love walking on stage, just like like sometimes I don't even say anything I'm just like I just look at them. It's like, Come on, you already have a good time. Just like it's like you're taking control of the state. It is. It is yours. It's your space, You know what I mean? And it is just so powerful and awesome when you walk on that stage confidently, people will watch the sale. They've got it together because if you look off word and you feel awkward, they're gonna feel awkward. So when you're standing and you're doing your different poses and you're different things and walking onto that stage for the first thing like like you're ready like maybe the microphone is all the microphone is already there and and you're just walking towards it, you know, and you walk up to it and you just stand there and and then you just play your thing like the first words out of your mouth. They can be just the first song, or they can be Hey, how you guys doing tonight? You already have a good time and just like, pump it up, put your feelers out there and and the first thing when I'm walking onto that stage, I can kind of tell what's going on and immediately I'm feeling out the crowd, especially after you say the very first thing. And I prefer to say something to kind of see what's going on. See what the temperature is of the room before I just jam into my son because I wanna I wanna engage, don't touch people, you know what I mean? And I don't want to just go into my first song to be like, Okay with us, you know, unless you've got that huge fan base in the very first riff of that guitar is the very first thing, and people are just like, Oh, and I've seen it differently Where a band that I opened with, I saw them open up with a brand new song that not many people have heard. And then I heard them open up with the hit. What a difference! When they opened up with the hit, I texted the tour manager writer. I was like, That's how you open a show because it engaged them. It grabbed them right away. And maybe you're not there all right yet, but you can always use a really cool intro beat or something like that. You just play something really upbeat to engage them and obviously depends on your style of music. But the first thing when you walk onto that stage, man, you want to own it. You wanna owner like you are taking control of that room and you are ready to rock your in your skin. You are comfortable. You are born to be there and be in front. And you are supposed to be on that stage and own it. So I encourage you that first thing when you walk on you, you walk on like you're ready. You know, sometimes things some dudes like run onto the stage just like, just, like tear onto the States like like we are here to put it on. And obviously, I don't know what type of music you place. You want to do it to your style. But however it is, you just own it. Use walk on. That state's constantly like, you know, like you ripping up prideful but but just like, yeah, coffin. Like I got this, I'm ready to rock. All right, Hope that pumps you guys up. I love that part of the state that part of the show because it's just like that energy, and you're just ready to go on just like, oh, I'm performing this weekend and it should be a few 1000 people. And so another production is gonna be really good to So again, uh, make sure that you are pumped up and ready to rock and own every single time. 100% 120% you got to give it. 9. Vocal Warmups: vocal warm ups for me. I am a tea drinker. So I like to have some tea before a show to go along with my vocal warm ups Every time I do vocal warm ups, I find I'm gonna have a sip of this Actually, every time I do. Ah, vocal warm ups. I always find I sing better. The trick is to not overdo it, not to sing too much and not to talk too much before show either. Because you want to save your voice. This is actually for before and after the show, Really, especially if you're on a tour. You don't wanna be talking too much after a show is Well, because you can burn out your voice that way. And you remember this is your tool. This is your This is your money right here, OK? It's it's really important that you take care of it. And for me personally, I could probably take care of it a lot more, cause I don't warm up as much as I should. And I know that impacts my singing because I don't want to lose my voice. I don't want all of a sudden not be able to hit notes that I need to hit. And so I like to sing some of my songs before show, especially ones that I know are a little bit more harder range for me. I just like to sing my songs that I know him with the same to kind of Get me into the groove and get me into it. Drinking tea obviously helps. I'll talk about what foods not to eat in a different lecture, but sometimes I go over the scales, whether it's like Door Amy. Fine. So long, Tina. I'll do difference. Different scales as they call it, and I just find it helps get me in the group. Get me singing at me. Ready? Get me focused. I like to be alone. I don't like to have people around me. Um, and again, a lot of different artists use certain things to get them in the mode and get their voice ready. And you gotta find what works for you. And really, what's gonna help you deliver your songs? The best? Because you got remember, Everyone's got a different range. Everyone singing different songs, different styles, This song Some people are screaming, other people are Maybe it maybe a deeper, deeper told it and and and lower on the scale there, as opposed to someone that's like belt in it. So you want to just make sure that you do warm up, uh, and not just go up there raw, because that's a great way, because that's like like not stretching a muscle like all stood. And then you're doing all these weights just like you would stretch before you go on, do sports. You want to stretch your vocal cords before you go and sink, so they're not all of a sudden Just like, Whoa! What you doing me, man? I'm not I'm not ready. I'm not warmed up yet, you know? So you gotta make sure you're you warmed up your vocals so that they're ready to do what they're supposed to do. And they'll thank you for that. And you know what the audience will think because you'll be sharper and you'll be, well, not sharper. But you just be more on point, more clear and more ready. Okay. So I hope that helps you guys out as faras vocal warm ups take the time. Even if it's like 5 to 10 minutes of it, I think is great. I wouldn't do any more than that personally, because I think then you're just singing for the sake of singing. And you should save your vocal cord energy and the endurance of your vocal cords for the show. Okay, Hope that helps you out. 10. Putting Together a Powerful Set List: What you guys see on my screen right now is a set list. And I made some notes here, and I want to go through this on how you can put together a powerful set list how you can plan ahead and really put on an amazing show. And for starters, here, this first line here light intro. That's our video slash song intro that we use for our show. And we are not on stage while this is playing. Our drummer triggers this with a built in live and it's a video of a song called Light. I'm gonna go right here light video, see if I can find it and show you guys kind of what it is right here. It's a lyric video. There comes a point you have to and it just kind of this like, really vibe e intro. And at the very end, it puts it says, you know, just like and it goes to our name. Where is it? Here It just says should go to manifest on the actual video. And then what happens after that is is we go into a powerful energy thumpin song. My drummers already on stage before this video ends. My guitarist is already on stage, and if my bass player is there, then yes, he will be there, too. And they start cranking it out, rocking out. And then I'll run onto stage and just start party rocking this set to be like, What's up with something I normally do some kind of thing. If you already know, Brock say yeah, say, Oh, yeah, I'll just do something to kind of hyper mop or like put your hands up or something just to kind of you guys ready to have a good time tonight or I'll just kind of showed something Adam And then the next song. What I'll do is we'll get them clapping my guitar still be up front of the beginning for this song, kind of switch it up a little bit. He does a little kind of solo intro, and then the next song We won't like is after This song will go right into this song. Okay, no talking, because there's a bit of an intro with my guitarist playing so I can talk over that. But then the next song, the won't be any music and I'll do a crowd participation song where I teach them the course . Okay, And what I'm trying to do here is I'm kind of switching it up. Okay? I'm not keeping it the same thing. I'm getting them involved now. Then the next song go right into it. This is one of our thumpers as well, too. It's called Fighter, and she's kind of like one of those anthems songs. And then the next song, we go right into it again. But this one has a long intro. So I'll say something to the crowd and I'll connect with them and I will engage the audience. The next song is one of our big radio single. So a lot of people know this one. We'll go right into this one. I might share a little quick little story before we go into that one as well. But the lyric comes in really quickly, so I'm gonna make sure I'm ready. The next song again. Crowd participation. This is one of the ones where we used those masks and wear those masks on stage again. I'm trying to engage the crowd, teach them the course. Also, during this song I have my skateboard where I do a skateboarding trick during the guitar solo, which is during the bridge of the song again, I'm switching it up. I'm taking them on a journey. I'm not doing the same thing over and over again. This next song bounced. Actually teach them the course again. This is a good time cause we're about semi halfway through the set, depending on how long this show is. I talk about merchandise. Good place to talk about merch. Halfway through, you've connected with the crowd. You've had some fun, great place to talk about merch. I teach them the course on this one. And then again, we switch it up with this one. This is where are kind of cover song. I call this a freestyle, because what it is is I, uh, get them all the holdup objects in their hand, and I say, Well, the band plays you guys hold up objects and I'm gonna make up a rhyme and sing about whatever it is you're holding up. Can you say crazy? Memorable. This is a great moment of the show. We also play to the A C. D. C. Song, um, back in black, which is super memorable. to a lot of people. It's very relatable. People know it, especially if they don't know any of my other songs because remember people at your show, even if there's tons of fans, there's people that sometimes have never heard of you. But there's a good chance if you do a little cool thing with the cover. It's something they can relate to really important. This next song we go right into it because it's one of my biggest songs. People are always screaming, shouting this one. So we go right into that and we have music videos as well, playing to some of these songs. A lot of my songs I've actually shot music videos for so we normally have videos if they have screens there, which also adds to the show after that song. That's a big rocker. I do, ah, speaking part where I share my story and I share a powerful story and I get really personal . I talk about losing my dad to suicide and different things that I've gone through, and I really, you know, inspire the audience. I try and say something inspiring and encouraging, and that's just you know what I like to do. That's just what I'm about. So I do that and that leads perfectly into a song called Prey, which is a ballad song. Um, I just have a different song. They're called every time you run, but this is kind of my new ballot, and this, just speaking, really sets it up for this song to really slow it down. We also have the lights kind of dimmed a bit, and then after that, we do. Our biggest hit are closer, which is avalanche. It's got along in true as well, so I slap some hands. I talk about merchandise during that again, and then right when this song is done, it's supposed to go black, and then we exit the stage. Everybody exits the stage and we wait for what? We wait for our own core if we get one, Of course. And sometimes honestly, we don't. Sometimes people don't want on court. If sometimes I do more songs, there's bands opening, so it's been a longer night and also depends how long I speak. Sometimes. Sometimes I like to get into a little bit, and, um, we do normal anywhere from 45 to an hour depending on this show, depending who's opening. And then we do a couple on course songs. And when we go on to do the encore song, sometimes you want to change your outfit here, you know, And during, you know, the when I'm speaking, I normally like to get my guys, too. They have the opportunity to change their outfits if they want her towel down. One thing I want to say if you are the lead singer and you are speaking of sharing and it's a longer part, tell your guys to not make any noise to not be tuning their guitars or slamming on their drums, tuning things messing around cause it can distract you. I've personally had that happen and make sure that if they are backstage that are listening and they know when to come back on stage for the next song, that's really important, too. But it's really good to plan your show out to write it out. Have this printed. Put it on, um, your pedal board. Put it on the ground in front of you or on the drum riser so you can see it, or you can just write it out during each show. But you want to remember that. You know, the more you prepare and have these things prepared, it helps you to put on a great show. Like I know all these cause I've done them so many times some of the songs that air newer We're still working that into but some of these songs I've performed for years, and so I I know what's going on and it just flows. If you don't have it memorized to a T, it's good. Teoh put this down is almost like a checklist. Not just a set list, but a checklist so you can follow it and remember to do these crazy things so that it engages the audience and you put on a bang and show. I really hope that helps you out. Go with your team, put together a great set list and see how you can take your fans on a journey. See what songs you wanna have images for or video for. If you don't have videos, you can use images or get a lyric video made for pretty cheap and so people can sing the lyrics and just have something else going on or where you're gonna bring your stage props on stage like a skateboard, like I like to do. Okay, so those are some thoughts. Lose some ideas. Go Rocket. Go post something in the discussion afterwards and let us know what it is you do during your show. 11. Learning To Speak In Between Songs: learning to speak in between songs. This is one of my pet peeves, when almost frustrating things with other artists and why they don't take the time toe learn it because it takes you show from here to here. It helps you to excuse me, engage with the crowd more. It helps so much with that, because in between songs, it's just silent, just quiet. It's just like Okay, sure, maybe you have a beat. Maybe you guys air tune or whatnot, but here's your opportunity to share something. Hey, are you guys doing tonight? That song was inspired by this. If you know what town you're in, see something cool about the town. Maybe say, Hey, we ate at this certain restaurant or are big up to that team of that ball team or football team, or just something that is relatable to that town. That's your opportunity, man. Things times in between songs those your opportunities to speak to the crowd and to connect and and make it more personal and bring them in. I've watched where I have shared certain things and just watch them like Okay, he's one of us. She's one of us. They know what's going on in our town that opens the door to so much When you do that toe, learn to speak. Okay. So just think about stuff. Maybe you have your certain things. There's certain things that I say in between songs all the time I have this song called No Plan B. I'm like, Hey, that's so no Plan B. We shot a music video for in Tokyo, Japan So konnichi wa I got there goes that mosque Let's rock it, put your hands up and get him to start clapping You know, it's kind of my thing that I say in between songs or sometimes I'll say we just got off the road, man. We just flew through the night and, man, my buddy over here, he almost like, threw up last night because he was this dirty burrito or something like that. But anyways, you ready to rock? Okay. And you know what to say. Something funny can say a joke. Anything to kind of just cut the uncomfortableness. And there shouldn't be any uncomfortableness in the first place, But I get it. Sometimes you feel like you can't talk. We'll practice. You gotta practice, man. I didn't get good, not speaking in between songs overnight, and I was on the road with this artist. He's just like, Yeah, I just I just not get it speaking in between songs and I was like, Come on, man, you're so good at it, Personal with me. How can you not be good on stage is the same thing. And then I watched him and he was actually was absolutely terrible. He put no effort. He just didn't care. He just didn't think it was important. And you know what? The connection with the crowd was not the same. I seen bands that are so good at connecting in between songs, telling jokes and just having fun with the audience bringing them for. I've seen some dudes go on stage. We're in a jersey or something like that of the team. Or are they take off their sweater and they're wearing the jersey of of that team with that sit, either. And it's just like, Ah, and people love it. You know our name in one of their cool local restaurants and say that you ate there and just sharing your story, sharing your story about what inspired you why you're doing music. How you got into it. You know what got you started. You know a struggle. People love a little short little struggle and you don't want to go on and on and on. You gotta keep it quick. But if it's if it's riel, then people are gonna love I've heard so many people say to me, Chris, I loved it When you when you share I love your show and I'll say, Well, what part did you like about the show? They're like, Oh, I love that when you share your story I was like, Really? Well, that's cool, man. And it was just like, Wow, you know, you don't know this. And so when people come up to you after the show and they do say, Hey, I love your show, ask him, What did you like about what was your favorite part and try and get more than just all of it. I loved all of its They know what was one of the parts you really like that you like about the show and find out and I just guarantee you this being able to speak in between songs were not only engage more with the audience and just build a fan base. But with building a fan base, they'll buy more merch at the end of the night, guaranteed, you'll sell more merchants, sell more CDs and you'll turn. Not just like you, no Spectators or what do you call it? You turn someone from a fan to a raving fan to like a riel lifetime supporter. Okay, so take the time to practice and right out. And this is the other thing I want to say to It's OK to say something very similar every single night, every single night. There's nothing wrong with that. You say you sing the same songs at almost every single night. Why can't you have a really good practice script? Like, You know, you're like your jokes and stuff like that you can deliver, um, awesome, and they just boom. You know what you think of? Comedian does what you think public speakers do. They practise their one liners. So you wanna have you for your jokes and your different things ready so that people like That's awesome. You know what I mean? One thing I say in between sizes share one of mine I'll say, Hey, the party levels here. Can we take it there? Can we take it there? Or sometimes I'll just say, I need your help singing with this next song. Can you guys sing with me, you know, and bring some crowd participation into It's a really powerful way in a tool toe win over your audience and just to be able to speak in between songs, hope that helps you get guys out your freaking awesome. Thanks so much for taking this course, and I encourage you take action, apply and let me know if it works by leaving a comment or a question in the discussion. 12. Winning Over The Audience: winning over the audience. This congee done. Even if you're already halfway through the show or 1/4 of the show, you can turn it around. You just have to be willing to switch it up, change the songs, cut a song, do something drastic and be prepared. I want to share a story. When I was out of doing a show in a club in a bar again, just had my iPod with me at this show. I didn't have my band or anything like that. And I remember I was starting to do more rock stuff and this was at a club. And remember, I had done some of the rock stuff at this show, and these people were not getting engaged. It was not working. In fact, I had cleared the stage or I cleared the dance for it was embarrassing. I couldn't even believe it, and that was my first said. It was a short 30 minutes set, and I was just like, Wow, this is so frustrating. I'm not doing it right. And so what I did was is I and I was like just hanging out with my wife and I remember the club owner came up to me like a Are you ready for your next set? And I was taking myself. You want to perform again? Really? And I'm like, OK, what can I do to make this show better? And what what can I do to engage these people? And so I just for front loaded my show instead of doing rock stuff. I did hip hop stuff. I did like high party track stuff. Just vibe that with the crowd. And you know what? I freaking killed it. I owned it. And I even got on on core, even got an encore after that. And so I just want to share that You can turn it around. You just got to be willing to be humble. And if you know, you need to switch it up, you need to move songs around. So you know what? We can't follow the set list just because the set list you have it doesn't mean it's set in stone. Yes, you want to follow its A songs. You practice the one you know, the ones you know, but that's why it's good to have an arsenal of songs so that you can switch to be like, You know what I need to do this song. This is the song I should have done, and sometimes you don't know until you're in that situation on. Obviously, the more you perform, the more you get out there. The more you get into different situations, you'll be more comfortable than your skinny. I'll just be a veteran and you'll know like, OK, I know what to do here And that took a while for me to develop into practice and to know how to switch it up on the fly. And it's It's helped so much, and I'll never forget from my band. Guys being like Oh, man, Chris is good. You skip that song. That was a good column. It was good call and because they can feel a tooth, the band guys, Noah's well, too. Sometimes my Germany like okay, yeah, flip it up. Let's switch it up and have fun with it. You know, this is a shell is his entertainment. This isn't about being robotic. This is about, you know, music and but at the same time you are entertaining and you want your audience toe have foot. It's just like a deejay at a wedding or something like that. He wants to play tunes that people are gonna dance to and have fun. People came there, have fun, not just praise you and say, Oh, you're amazing. Like sure, they'll say you're amazing and everything, but you gotta win him over. And winning over the audience is being able to say, You know what I got to connect with These guys are gonna connect with these girls and just and do whatever it is you can tow, Win him over with what you've got and this takes time. And the more you play shows, the more you'll learn this and the more you'll develop, put a comment or question the discussion. Let me know this has helped you out and what ideas you haven't what's maybe worked for a show where you switched it up and change it up on the fly and were able to turn it around 13. Making Eye Contact: making eye contact. Oh, my goodness is an awesome one. And I'll just share a story quickly. Before I started rapping or just at the very beginning, when I started doing music, I went to a show and I saw this band called E P M. D. Their hip hop group. And I remember the one of the emcees, the rappers in the group, because there's a duo. One of them looked at me from stage, and I was just like, Oh, my gosh, I looked at my friend was like, Dude, he just looked at me. Can you believe that? Uses, like I know do That's so awesome. Like, That is amazing. Why don't we do that more? Why don't artists do that? Maura and engaged? You know what? I'm performing and I'm singing. I'll grab hands and I won't just, like, slapped the hands. But I'll hold it now sometimes. Just like look at him like, yeah, Or if I see someone in the crowd were in a manifest share, I was like, Yeah, that's what's up, man. I just feel like yeah, you know, I mean, like, let him know, like like like you're with, um, You know and give him some eye contact, you know? Do they like the care bear stare thing where you're just like, making them feel really weird, you know, especially if it's like a ah pretty girl or something like that or a pretty guy. And you're just like your just like, you know, giving them the weird outlook down. So they're like, they feel uncomfortable. You don't know what you're looking at him for a little bit and singing this song especially like if they're singing this song with you and they know it, you know, get get with them, get with them Sometimes I like, put my hand on their shoulders and just, like, sing a little bit and just make sure I'm engaging. Or if the mic is on the stand, I'll make sure that I'm going across the crowd looking as I'm singing and what not And just make sure I'm just like connecting with people because it's a big stage, right? It's so looking at people again brings the men don't just constantly sing out to the crowd all the time doing your thing. You know, you want to make sure you're you're engaging people and it's and it's, ah lot of work. And it takes practice, obviously per song and move for certain songs. You look at certain places and you start to find your groove. I'm not saying you have to, like, do like a scan looking at people. But while you're performing and when it makes sense looking people look up in the eye and just have some fun like your singing You're rockin, you're moving right So making eye contact is a huge thing. In a great way again toe pull people in to your show. 14. Sharing Your Story: sharing your story. This is a great one. And I mentioned this in one of the other earlier lectures. But I'll never forget playing a show in downtown Toronto. And it was at this club and I remember this manager came to see me, and I had shared my story that night. And I shared about how I lost my dad to suicide. I got into music and how kind of fear had a kind of controlled my life. And I shared a little bit about my faith in Jesus. And I'm very, you know, when I'm playing in clubs and bars, I'd like to be very tasteful with how I share my faith in Jesus because I'm very passionate about it, but I'm never trying to polarise the audience or make anybody feel uncomfortable. But I have to stay true to me, and you have to stay true to you. Okay, no matter what your story is, and remember talking this manager afterwards because I wasn't sure if he was Ah, if he believed in the same things as me and I was like, What did you think when I shared my story that night and he was like Chris. When you shared your story, I watched the crowd kind of like inch forward a little bit. It's like they were engaging with you mawr. And that's what your story does. Whatever your story is of pain of struggle, victory sharing a personal story during your set before you may be going to a slow song or making a certain moment. It's such an awesome way to connect with your audience, so they feel like they know you well. I shared one time about how I used to struggle with my weight because I was overweight at one time. All of a sudden I got dudes coming up to me and girls coming up to me, saying, Thank you for sharing that with me. I'm just like, Wow, I didn't know. You realize all of a sudden you're not alone and that's what we're supposed to I think be is Artist is supposed to be transparent. I'm just sharing our art through our songs. But just share vocally and verbally and share short story. You know that suicide story about my dad, man. Holy smokes. I didn't realize how many people had lost their dads. They're just lost someone and so many people came up to me and was like Do thank you for sharing that I lost my dad too. And it's just like I really related to that. People relate to Struggle Mawr than they relate to success. Okay? Because when you just share success, she's like, OK, guys, great. That guy's successful. Look at it. Whatever. No, But when they relate to the struggle, the three when you share the stock struggle, they relate to the struggle because they're like they can identify with that because, like, hey, I'm not the only one. You're not the only one going through this. So think about yours. Your struggle, what it is you've gone through and what you can share and maybe what you've sung about. Or maybe you haven't even written a song about it. I mean, that's a song idea for you, but to share your story of struggle during your set, powerful, powerful again that will impact, you know, your fan base will impact merch that will impact this show in the room and the vibe, and it will separate you from a lot of other artists that aren't willing to do that, aren't willing to share themselves and you watch. You have a stronger connection. And your brand as a band is an artist. Grow even more. Okay. Really powerful Hope that helped you out. Share your story. 15. How I Failed What I Wish I Did Better: Hey, guys, in this video, I wanted to share one of my mistakes that I wish I did better when engaging the crowd. I got booked for this show to open up for Tim Tebow. OK, he was one of the speakers, and I think it was Walmart that was putting on this event. And it was for a whole bunch of football players. They had played football all day and they were hanging out and Tim Tebow was going to the speaker and they had to opening acts before Tim Tebow. They had this one guy who was just a guitarist, and that's it. He was just He sang and played guitar. And then there was me with a full band and let me share you something. Uh, I failed completely. Um, I had the full band, and yet this guy with the guitar and just singing owned it. Why did he own it? Because he connected with the crowd way better than I did. He was cracking jokes. He was engaging them, asking them questions, doing stuff, and he just obviously better prepared himself where us We just went in that day, just like, oh, we're just gonna rock him out. They're gonna be into rock music. They weren't really into rock music is much is not that they weren't into rock music is just that they were really there to see Tim Tebow. And so we kind of just went through the songs and I didn't engage him for some reason. I got nervous that night and I didn't prepare and like, did some of the things that I share in this video. And now, looking back at it, I'm just like like even during the show, I was just like, What am I doing? I am not owning this right now and I should be saying things that connect with them sharing , maybe a story of struggle. Maybe I'm not into football. I don't play football, but I can say something that relates to them in a different way. But I didn't do it. I didn't have a jersey. I didn't shout out like whatever their football team was or what not. It is just like it was kind of like I couldn't break the ice and I wish I had better prepared for that show. And so what I want to encourage you guys is know what you're going into. Ask the promoter. Who are you playing in front of? Who is this audience you're playing If it's not just a a show at a club or a barber, you didn't getting brought into an event. You want to know what that is about because you wanna win in every single circumstance, and I should have better prepared myself. I just assumed I just assumed we could do what we regularly do. Perform our songs, say what I normally say and it'll work. But you know what? It didn't and I didn't switch it up enough. And some reason I got nervous or what we had great production, great sound. But yet this show wasn't where it was. And I've been there on the other side, where it was just me in my iPod performing by myself, and I went on before another band and I owned it and I killed it, and I sold more merch, and I and I did better than the in the band that had, like, drums, guitar, bass and me just with my little iPod playing my music. That proves because I was on the other side that other night, even selling merchandise. I could tell people were connecting more with this other guy than they were me. And I was like, Ting, Man, I really screwed this up. And so I was just like, Okay, we'll learn from it, learn from it and be like, OK, Chris, prepare MAWR. Be more bouncy on your feet to switch it up. Say something that's gonna engage with the crowd. Just don't go okay into the next saw and hide behind your songs. Don't just hide behind your songs. You've got to learn to be able to speak and engaged the crowd. And so what are some of the things I would have done differently? I would have shared a story that was more relatable. I would have done that. Maybe the Jersey thing had a jersey prepared and really just gone all out. I would have cost me someone here, asked the promoter. Hey, do you guys get a local jersey or what? Not for your team here and just kind of winning over. Find out what the local restaurant is in town. Share a story about that any you guys ever eat there and kind of relate to them be like, Oh, he's one of us. He's one of us know, just a performer that thinks he's just, like, thinks he's with shades. You know what I mean? No, it's not about that. It's about breaking the walls down, performing and then speaking into these people's lives and impacting them. OK, maybe I should have looked up Tim Tebow and and said all I may be shared a story and looked up Tim and related to him. And then maybe I could have said something while what I love about Tim is this And are you guys excited to see him? Yeah, well, this next song actually connects about that and inspired me in the same way. Another connection point thes air. Things I'm talking about in hindsight now, and I just I'm going to do for the next show. So I'm not just going in there, assuming whatever, You know, I have this show coming up in Alberta in a little bit, and I need to prepare and say Okay, what am I gonna do? What? Research, homework. And I do so that I can really engage these people and be stoked. Okay, so, anyways, hope that helps you a lot of gold in this lesson. Take it and apply it to your next performance.