We always think of musicians as being band members but there are other band members we often overlook, the fans.
In my early 20’s, I was very lucky to work with two great performers, Primo Kim in Seattle and Jimmy Borges in Hawaii. Both of these performers were outstanding vocalists and communicators. On breaks between sets of music, they would be out talking to audience members and each person they talked to would feel at that moment, like he or she was the most important person in the World.
Primo and Jimmy could connect through music and conversation in a way that made people fans for life. These same fans came to see them perform week after week. Their fans really became a part of the band and spread the word about upcoming shows.I always watched in amazement as Primo and Jimmy would talk to the audience. They didn’t talk to fans because they had to, they did it because they loved to!
When I perform a show, I almost always take time to talk to audience members, learn about them and thank them for coming. I think this human connection is very important and makes the concert experience so much more enjoyable for the audience. After all, we wouldn’t have a show if it wasn’t for our awesome fans who come to hear us and support our artistic pursuits!
Akemi and Shinichiro Seki with me
To my fans, I thank you from my heart and appreciate you being a part of my band. I will continue to work hard to make you feel energized at all of my shows. I am grateful we are on this journey together.
Last night was another wonderful Von Baron Band show at Cafe Make in Osaka! I am so grateful for my amazing musicians, enthusiastic audience and supportive live house! The music was powerful, energetic and fun! Read more…
昨夜は大阪カフェメイクで、またも素晴らしいVon Baron Band ショーになりました！私の最高のバンドメンバー、熱烈な観客の皆さん、そして協力的なライブハウスにとても感謝しています！音楽はパワフルでエネルギーに満ちあふれ、楽しかった！会場に足を運んでくれた皆さんが歌って踊って楽しい時間を過ごしました。 私は2ndセットでサンタ衣装を着てみんなを驚かせ、「サンタが街にやってくる」を歌いました。 そして私の友達、もりうらまさこさんもステージに上がり歌ってくれました！彼女の歌声はいつも素晴らしいです！もう1人のファンであり友達のふじむらゆかりさんもステージに上がり、私の新曲「I Love Japan」のダンスをみんなに教えるのを手伝ってくれました。 とてもスペシャルな夜で、皆さんが素敵な時間を過ごして私は本当にハッピーです！日本で演奏できることがありがたく、いつもとてもラッキーに感じます！I love Japan! 私たちの次のショー、3/2(土)19:30にカフェメイクであなたにお会いできるのを楽しみにしています！