In this Preshow Rituals segment, the singer-songwriter, Connor Leimer, shares what he does before taking the stage. You can check out his rituals and stream his newest single, “Brooklyn”, after the break.
I don’t like to think too much before performing. I don’t get nervous or think about what people expect from a live show. I remain true to the songs. I want to hit the stage with a feeling of spontaneity. I want to surprise myself and the listener. To me, that’s the only way to keep the show interesting and engaging for both parties. Like a jazz musician, each performance should vary slightly. Remaining curious as a performer is perhaps the most vital ritual I have to read the room and deliver a promising show.
I do have a few rituals specifically I can discuss:
1. Brushing my teeth. I like to sing with a clean mouth. There’s just something about it. Mark Hoppus (from Blink-182) used to do this on their old tour DVD’s that I watched growing up. The ritual remains true to this day.
2. New guitar strings. I want to perform with an instrument at its height of performance and tone. Ensures optimal sound and feel.
3. “The show must go on” – Keeping the mindset that everyone is there for enjoyment. Keeping it light. I try to think of some dialogue to say between songs that are unique to the city. I always appreciate when artists recognize the city they’re performing in. I want to connect with as many people as possible and this ritual helps me accomplish that task.