Six Simple Ways to Be Courteous at Shows
|Photo by Eric Christian/Courtesy of Nine Minutes|
Bands benefit from fans who enjoy what they do, says Nine Minutes' Farabough, and are willing to prove it by offering their own artistic talents and connections to help grow the following.
"When you are on the bottom rung and need help, it's great when someone likes your band and offers to help you get your merch table built up or can put you in touch with a good promoter who can get the ball rolling," he says. "Musicians rarely have money, so almost nobody starts off with a bunch of cool stuff to sell their fans...or fans, for that matter."
Nine Minutes has worked hard and tapped into those relationships, too. As a result, they're in the finals of a citywide battle of the bands sponsored by The Arbiter Agency and will open for The Dialectic, Thy Devourer and Senses Fail on shows this fall.
Farabough thinks these relationships are fun because they're mutually beneficial.
"It's also good to help build up cool things around the scene to make it better," he offers. "Someone who can record or take good pictures can get a good start to making a business of it that will be available for others later. One hand washes the other."
6. HAVE FUN, DAMMIT!
If all this sounds like a lot of damn work, Solis says to never forget any fan's main duty: Enjoy the show.
"An interactive crowd is the apex of connection," he says. "It's as if the band starts putting out a wavelength, and if it's just right, the crowd picks up on it, and everyone's riding the same wave. So the band has to make a badass wave, and the crowd has to be looking for it, and when it all matches up -- boom! Once everyone's hooked up, the sky's the limit."
"A great show is everyone's responsibility. Fans can't just show up, sit back and ask to be entertained," he continues. "You still have to hold the performers to a high standard, but if it's good, get into it. It's a shared experience."
Solis signs off with one more crucial bit of advice.
"If you aren't willing to dance and cheer if the band is great, or if you just want people to pay attention to the stupid shit you scream between songs," he says, "or if you wanna heckle, keep your ass at home and let everyone else enjoy the show!"
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