The last two years or so I have seen something change in the music scene. Ego’s have been on the rise by 200% and it is quite pathetic. When I first started playing with the band back in late 2008, everybody who went to a show was your friend, because everyone was able to relate through the same thing; music. Now the scene has changed to where no one even wants to take the time to meet someone new.
As a musician, meeting new people is one of my favorite things to do other than getting on stage and playing a great show. Taking the time to get to know another band or even just someone who really enjoyed your music means so much more to the ones who do love music. Both of these things will make connections that may help you later down the road.
When it comes to talking to fans or new listeners let them do the talking. By nature, we as humans love to talk. So simply take ten minutes to let them just say what’s on their mind and acknowledge that you are listening. Without people like them, you’d be playing for no one and personally I love meeting new fans. Hearing their stories helps me build memories and hearing they have a passion as strong as you do for music simply puts a smile on my face.
Talking to other bands or musicians comes with a little more dedication. This dedication has to come in the sense that we are all in the same musical boat trying to get our names out there. SO TAKE THE TIME TO MEET NEW BANDS. Sometimes you will run into plain out assholes who simply don’t care about you, because they have the ego the size of the statue of liberty. You need to be able to at least try and meet them even if they forget about you. One thing I’ve learned is never burn bridges with anyone. When it comes to bands who enjoy meeting other bands, it makes playing with them again that much more fun. I personally love playing shows with other bands that I’ve taken the time to get to know and have a personal friendship with them.
Basically what I’m trying to get at is if you are a musician or an artist of any sort, networking and making connections with others is so important. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. So if you are an artist of any sort post a comment and I’ll check you out. If you’re in the hardcore/metal scene and post a comment with your band I’d love to get to know you and play a show with you!