29 Mar Give them what they want!
I have always been the kind of entertainer who will chop and change a set to suit my audience, and never had an ego to say “well this is what I do, so If you don’t like it then tough!” Im of the opinion that for the time that I spend performing on stage, I want it to be a good experience for both of us, entertainer and audience. This has become a lot easier since I’ve started the Tom Jones trib because of course, I do all TJ hits and lets be honest, If you come to see me then you already have a pre conceived idea of what I’m going to sing! That said, when I do a dance set its very different. originally I just did a mixed set that at the time I thought would get people up dancing but on occasion, no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen, so a few years back I decided to put 2 new sets together that I could use as a back up if the dance set was becoming a struggle. I put a 50 minute Soul and Motown set together which is the main one that I use now, 70’s classics as well as a few newer ones, its such a safe set that appeals to the demographic that come to see me. I also do a classic rock set, Journey, Free, John Farnham etc, and its funny that this seems to appeal to the younger audience, maybe it’s because its a bit edgy, and sometimes I will mix all 3 together just to get through the set. As I’ve said in a previous post, most singers over here in Dublin use Karaoke, and openly read the words off a lap top, I can’t get my head around this, but to be fare to them they do a solo set first and then get people up to sing, but as an old school entertainer who had a ‘act’ and there’s not many of them anymore, its just lazy in my opinion as I have heard singers getting through a song that they have never learnt with no feeling whatsoever as they are just reading the words off a screen.