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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Emcee-ing



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Sep 6th, 2017 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Been told I'm emcee-ing our next gig. Usual guy is NA.
Any suggestions? Do's dont's?

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Sep 7th, 2017 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

Are you talking "frontman" type emcee?

Don't talk too much. I'll guarantee you the crowd won't be listening.
I recently heard a recording of our band playing a local gig. One guy continually introduced every song we played and it got on my nerves. I don't like introducing songs. I like just playing them and the crowd will figure it out.

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Clearwaterrrrr Revival
Sep 7th, 2017 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Introduce the band after the 3d song in every set, e.g., "We're The Frogs! Thank you for coming!"

Also, gently remind the audience to take care of the wait staff at least once per set. Between the last two tunes of the set is a good spot to do so.

Once in a while, between tunes, ask the audience a simple question, like "Are you all having a good time?" or "You all Having fun?". If you acknowledge the audience, they will acknowledge the band.

Don't tell too many jokes, and don't pick on anyone, even if they're heckling you.

Be professional, but above all, be NICE.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 05:22 PM, Sep 7th, 2017)



The radio makes hideous sounds-Dylan
Sep 7th, 2017 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah front man type Emcee. Although I'm not the singer (Ld Gtr). Singer is only good for singing.

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our time in hell
Sep 7th, 2017 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

For the love of all that's holy, don't introduce anything, ever as "We just wrote/learned this, so sorry if it's rough."

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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Sep 9th, 2017 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Announce the song but not the artist.
Example: That was "Wonderful Tonight".

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Sep 9th, 2017 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

And if everyone stops to tune up, make sure you talk to the audience or tell a joke while they are doing it to keep the vibe of the show going.

As has already been said,most people wont be listening to what you say.

Good luck


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Sep 11th, 2017 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

and dont talk between every song. Some bands do that and it seems like nervous energy or allows them all to noodle and prepare for the next song.

but things like "Wow that was a lot of fun and so is this! 1..2..3..4.." and into the next song work well. As noted above acknowledge the audience, they will acknowledge the band. You're an entertainer yes but a musical entertainer not a comedian

I like to do back to back to back songs before engaging the audience. It is also good for times when the songs go into a different tempo ie- a bunch of fast songs, a little talk and then into slower songs


LA-la-land, CA

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Sep 11th, 2017 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't speak clearly on the mic. Be bold, be confident, be brief, and don't mumble!

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Sep 16th, 2017 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would prefer playing 3-4 songs without saying a word but I know that ain't gonna happen.
We play "Fightin' Side of Me" by Merle Haggard and the guy who introduces it goes on and on with a line, silence, some more talking, silence and finally we play it. Sounds like he is almost too emotional to be talking. We always do it to honor the veterans who we ask to stand. I'd rather just say, "this song is for all of you Veterans. Would you stand if you are a Veteran". Quick and to the point but again that ain't gonna happen. I don't like much stage talk.

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Methuen, MA, USA

Sep 20th, 2017 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like to say "Now we're gonna play one we know..."


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