My interview with Jacob Ball was very insightful. We discussed Catfish Disco’s performance at “Live Thursday’s” last week, and ended up with a lot more than Catfish Disco. Instead of just focusing on the group, we rather discussed the relationship between performers and audience members in a live setting.
It seemed like everything we talked about came back to the mood of the performer. Song choice, musicality, stage presence and energy all come back to the mood, which is then transferred into the audience in reciprocation. Jacob said:
“I think that the mood of the performers really sets a precedent over everything else because if the performers are willing to get lost in the music and forget about everything else that’s going on, then the audience follows suit. And I think it’s hard to say ‘oh each person has their own mood in the show’ because it’s hard to go into the show where everybody’s high energy and happy and be down on yourself because I think you would be lifted up by everyone else”.
Therefore the mood of the live music depends on the performer, as it is then transferred to the audience which is reciprocated. And there is a mob mentality that brings people to the same mood in the audience.
There is also a cyclical relationship between the audience and the performer. Jacob said ““the performer lets the audience in, which increases their mood, which feeds back to the performer, whose mood is increased by the audience being happy”. This cyclical relationship adds onto each of the components’ mood until the end. For example, this interdependent relationship fueled Catfish Disco’s courage to do an encore at the end because the mood that Catfish Disco gave the audience throughout the concert was returned to them and they fed off of it.
I think this is some of the appeal of live music.