Am I genuinely buzzing for every single gig?
Of course not. I’m human. And every now and again, I’m tired / sick / in a bad mood / etc.
But I guarantee you, if you watched me at one of these shows, you would find it impossible to tell the difference from the nights when I’m loving every moment.
Because my feelings don’t matter. Whether there are 100 people or 10,000 my job is to play the best set possible for the crowd. To make people forget about the shit in their lives. To give my all, in appreciation of the fact that every person there has spent a lot of money to come.
Now, there’s one school of thought that says we should always be honest about our feelings. If we’re not happy we should be able to tell people. If we don’t want to perform, we just back out.
Me? I say: you turn up and do your fucking job whether you want to or not.
Can you imagine a heart surgeon stopping, half way through a procedure? “Sorry, but I’ve decided this isn’t for me.”
Or a soldier, at the point of a critical operation, changing his mind and backing out?
I’m not doing anything on the level of a heart surgeon or soldier... but I approach every single set like I am.
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