[This article was written by guest contributor James Wasem from Gigee.me.]
Whether you’re playing to a packed stadium, an intimate theater, an open mic night crowd, or streaming through your computer to a worldwide audience online, you need to deliver something compelling to your fans. There are plenty of creative ways to be more captivating on stage: banter with band mates and the audience, costumes/attire, props, mood lighting, video affects, and anything else you can dream up.
And still, perhaps one of the best ways to deliver a quality concert experience is to properly construct a set list that complements your show, your style, and the venue where you’re performing. This is a crucial element whether you’re playing the Super Bowl halftime show or the open mic in a pub down the street. A well-crafted set list can make or break the vibe of your gig. Chaining too many songs together in the same key, dynamics, rhythm, or timing starts to sound monotonous. Changing things too abruptly can feel disjointed and jarring. And of course, the way you introduce a song, or not introducing a song at all, can have an impact on how it is received.
As musicians, we might feel more in tune with some of the variables I just mentioned. As an average audience member, I might not know how to articulate why a performance makes me feel the way it does, but I can probably tell you how it makes me feel. And I might not even notice that unless something feels “off.” Read more »