While back stage on a UK tour, Jake Bugg gives us some important tips on playing live. He’s been a performing artist since the age of 15, and his experience provides some great insight for those new to the industry.
1. Develop your craft
Your ability to play larger shows is based on experience gained from the smaller gigs. Playing in front of an audience that has no idea of who you are is one of the best ways to gain experience and develop your craft.
2. Money is in the live shows
Record sales are definitely not what they were 15 years ago. There is still money to be made playing live, with no decline in people wanting to see their favorite artists perform in front of them. It’s important to focus on providing a high quality show.
3. Not every show will be great
Sometimes a bad show may feel like a bit of a knock, especially if it’s been going well. Instead of dwelling on a bad performance, look ahead and focus on the next gig.
4. Get on with people
It’s important that you get along with the people that you’re working with. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with them, especially if you’re on tour together.
5. Be prepared
You only get 1 chance when you’re playing live. In Jake’s case, he uses this aspect to his advantage and focuses on nailing the perfect show.