It's important to communicate with the venue your performing at. Knowing exactly what will happen the night you perform will prepare you mentally for what to expect. It also helps you know what to bring and how long you need to perform.
Questions to ask
Will I have access to an outlet, if so how many?
How long should my set be?
Will their be another performer before me?
How early can I arrive?
Make Sure You Have Enough Music
Definitely make sure you know how long you are going to be singing then estimate about how many songs you think you'll need. Then add three more songs, you'll need these if you are asked for an encore or end up not having enough songs to fill your set. If you have a long set like 2-4 hours then you'll probably get away with singing your set list through multiple times.
Arrive 30 Minutes in Advance
You'll need this time to set up all of your equipment. If you want to eat before you go up arrive about 1-1:30 earlier depending on we're you singing.
Always Bring An Extra Battery
If you own a guitar and plan on playing it make sure to bring an extra battery. It would be horrible to get on stage and not be able to hear your guitar because the battery ran out.
Talk As Much As You Are Comfortable With
If you don't feel like you have enough songs to get you through your time, talk, it's a great filler.
Have Fun and Get Your Audience Involved
The most important thing to remember when performing is that you love doing what you do. If you show that your having fun everyone will see that and act the same. They also love to be involved and hear something that they can relate to. The more energetic you are the more energetic the crowd will be.
Emily Rhodes is a fifteen year old girl in High School. She enjoys running track and field and hanging out with her friends. She started this blog to share her journey through the music industry so that other musicians can learn from her mistakes and take her advice.