by Gina G
First of all, please repeat the mantra ”I am not a groupie..I am not a groupie”. Because I’m sure you’re not. After all, readers of RepHERtoire would never fall into this horrid category of women that want more than just the music. How cheap can you get? I’m not dismissing anyone who feels that a good gig should be topped off with shagging the bass player but I’d rather be Lester Bangs than Penny Lane. We’re a serious music blog, dontcha know!
So this is about getting to chat to your favourite musicians after the show, maybe sharing a beer with them and a little chinwag. No fawning, its about being ‘mates in music’ not worshipper/God.
Having been a ligger for a number for years now, I can pass on a five golden tips.
1. If its a small venue then there’s chance they might head for the bar post gig and post haste. Order yourself a beer and be ready to buy one for artist. Don’t look desperate, you must feign nonchalance. Once you have their interest, amaze them with your knowledge of their favourite musicians (because you’ve done your research), bring the conversation slowly round to their music.
2. Don’t pester security. They are your worst enemy, heartless bastards paid to keep you away even if the band aren’t that bothered.
3. Try and get in on the guest list before hand and see if you can be prearranged to lig backstage. Always easier than trying to do it last minute.
4. Contact their manager and offer to run their YouTube account for them. Back in the day it was running a ‘zine and then later training myself in HTML and doing their website.
5. Don’t come rushing at them waving stuff for them to sign. They will sign and run.
Got anymore to add? Please go ahead.