I’m sure your dream as a musician is to play in front of as many people as possible, share your music with as many people as possible. I’m sure you have dreamed about playing at a festival in front of hundreds of people. Or maybe you even have been lucky enough to have done it few times.
But the numbers game and always aiming for the bigger does not always mean better. Playing in the biggest venue in town does not make you look great if no one turns up at the gig. There are still people out there who think if you play in the best venue in town, people will come… Well the truth is the only difference between that fancy venue and the small dive bar you have been playing in is hopefully the quality of the sound system, and the capacity. And that capacity is the key. If you can’t fill your dive bar, how do you think you can fill the bigger venue?
Work on a smaller scale first and do this until you get extremely good at it. Do this until there is a queue of people outside of that dive bar waiting to see you. This will make you look much better than playing in the best or biggest venue in town for a handful of your best friends.
Same goes with social media. Ten engaging fans are better than 200 people who don’t care what you post. It’s those ten fans who engage with you and make you look great. They share everything you post. They promote your music for you. Bigger is not always better.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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