One EskimO at the Triple Door ~ Connecting to the Audience

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One Eskimo

I listen to One EskimO on my favorite Canadian radio station The Peak almost every day. Luckily, I live close enough to the border that it clearly comes through as I drive my car around, as I am less than impressed with the Seattle stations.  A few weeks ago in my concert update emails I was ecstatic to see One EskimO playing at The Triple Door for $15 dollars a ticket! So naturally I was anticipating my night out seeing them live.

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After the two-hour drive we arrived at our hotel just blocks away from The Triple Door. With our stomachs grumbling we headed down the street a few blocks trying to dodge the drizzling rain under the awnings for Happy Hour at the Musicquarium. Entering the dimly lit lounge we took a seat at the bar and admired the long aquarium with a polka-dotted skate. After ordering a brew and few items off the $3 menu a gentlemen named John sat next to us and we started a conversation. At some point the conversation turned to writing. We talked about books and stories. He asked about what I was writing and so I talked about my characters and their adventures. It was nice to talk about the story and not boil it down to a few sentences of a pitch. Very liberating.

The Triple Door

I do not like large stadium concerts and therefore have not gone to many. I could count the number of concerts I’ve been to on both my hands. I prefer small venues where you get more of a connection to the musicians and the music. When they look out and the crowd is only a few feet away you are no longer this obscure fan, but a real person sitting right in front of them. Seattle has a few such venues that are perfect for this. The Triple Door was beyond my expectations. Every seat has a fantastic, unimpeded view with its own table. The furthest anyone is away from the stage is 35 feet. We were about 25 feet from the stage, a perfect mid-point view of everything. Each row had a waiter who brought you cocktails and food from Wild Ginger. Overall, the whole Triple Door experience was really great. I plan to keep updated on what shows they have.

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Connection & Audience

As I said before I like small venues because of the connection the audience receives from the musicians. I was so excited to see One EskimO and not only hear their music live, but get a sense of who they were as their music is very intimate and reflective. At large stadiums, unless you have killer seats, the band feels so far away. Small venues take away the one-sidedness and add a much-needed dimension.

Every song One EskimO played sounded great. Just as good or better than their album. It was obvious their sound, their voice, their music was genuine. The only problem I had was lack of connection. I could count the times on one hand the lead singer looked at the audience or talked to the audience. He seemed much more interested in dragging his mike stand around the stage then he was in the people there to hear the music. My husband politely reminded me that maybe that was how the lead singer got in his own grove to sing and that I should focus on the music as that is what brought me there in the first place.

Maybe that’s true, maybe that was how he got into the groove and I am being overly picky. I can only imagine the pressure of carrying a presence on stage for over an hour. It was just odd that I had not experienced that lack of connection with a live band before. I haven’t gone to tons of concerts, but the ones I have been to did not make me feel awkward as if I was an onlooker instead of a participant.

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Connecting to the Audience

This whole experience got me thinking about what it means to connect to your audience and how important it is whether you’re a singer, musician, actor/actress, writer, playwriter, author, etc. If people feel a connection to what you have to say, sing or write their natural response would be to want to continue being a part of that somehow, no matter how minute.

That song they love may feel as if it was written about their own heartache. That passage in a book my reflect their own feeling or thoughts. That scene in a play may feel as if it came right out of their own life. Connection to your audience is crucial. When it comes down to it I’ll buy One EskimO’s next album as I love their music, but in reality I’m not to hip on seeing them live again.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. All in all it still sounded like a good night. Seattle is like the other end of the world to me. Being a NYC native and living with the best radio, music, plays, food and all around everything all my life, I am spoiled.

    I have always wondered what people who come from One Main Street, USA do all weekend.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Ingrid says:

    I have been privileged to see these guys live, on four occasions… Each time, my experience was the exact opposite of yours! I have never connected more with any other group in my life. Each time the ‘lead singer’ managed to find my eyes with a quick, piercing, pained look; could bring me to my knees. What I love & find so real about him, is that he Does melt into his music … I would hate for him to try to make a point of looking out at each person, pretending some fake connection.

    They are there to play their music live, for those that care to listen. They have a visual album to accompany their CD … Its not about putting their faces out there. They are the most genuine band I’ve seen/met.

    Everyone has a unique experience … and you shared yours …

    But OneeskimO, definitely, do Not need a lesson in connecting to the audience. Both their music & they themselves already do that in their own unique way.

    They are hugely talented each, and are the most wonderful, natural, friendly, open people you could ever hope to meet. 🙂

    Maybe you used this event as a jump off to write … maybe you felt disappointed … but not every audience member can be their queen of course … It might be wise to take your husbands advice.

    I hope you continue to listen to their awesome music …
    Personally, I am so looking forward to their new CD … the songs are increasingly amazing!
    And Obviously, I am SO “hip on seeing them live again,” and catching up after. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,
    Just my 2 cents … 🙂

    1. laradunning says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. My comment was not meant as anything personal against them or their talent. I obviously like their music or I would not have bought tickets to their concert. I was reflecting on my live expereince and how audience plays a part in that whole experience. I still think their music rocks, I was just disapointed in the lack of connection I felt. Like I said I was 25 feet away from the stage and could count on one hand how many times the lead looked out into the audience, which seems to be completely opposite to what you have experienced. Maybe it was just an off night or my expectations. At the venue we were at there were not a whole lot of visuals to go with the music. Just for a few songs, happyily some of my favorites. When you have gone were there visuals for every song?

  3. Ingrid says:

    … Each concert/venue was a unique experience … 🙂

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