Do you also wonder why it seems like there's a decline in the value of live music shows/concerts/festivals/drug-fests? – whatever the hell you want to call it.
These music festival headliners just feel like filler these days. It’s rare to be at a concert where the energy is off-the-roof. The difference is that anywhere from 50% to 80% of the crowd doesn't give a shit about a music festival headliner. But at a Joji concert, you're there because you're a fan. You want to be a PART of creating a collective consciousness that exchanges serotonin and dopamine with Joji. I becomes We. You becomes me. When the crowd is one because everyone is a die-hard fan (or close to it), and all that is left is a visceral connection between the performer and the One (audience). It's like magic – Joji has it. None of these other clown acts have the aliveness and energy of the audience feeding double the energy back to the performer. Anyone who's been on stage knows that it is a feedback loop.
Ever notice some bands that are pretty famous but look pretty MEH on stage? Like they don't seem super alive or happy in the moment? Maybe they are getting sick of touring, but it's good money. Or something else. It's odd to see them – because no matter how many screaming fans they have, it doesn't appear as though the band is responding. You could argue that an experienced performer gets so used to screaming fans that they kind of get filtered out of perception. But that's silly – if you're at all into the music you're performing – you would play your part in a visceral connection. The extrinsic reward that comes from being on stage dies down over years of performing. So after becoming famous, if a performer looks like he’s not responding to the crowd's energy, it’s because he doesn’t feel intrinsically rewarded. He isn’t making music for himself and presenting an authentic voice that his fan base happens to adore him for. So the appreciation the fans give to him, it’s meaningless to him. Empty. Appreciation of a persona that isn’t the real him. This is why artists who have done it for a long time sometimes lose their spark on stage. They just adjust to the experience of performing on a stage - sure you're less vividly excited like jumping all around stage after years of doing it - but because it's about the money at that point and they aren’t open to receiving the energy of the crowd that appreciates their music.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. If you want to sell out, hell, all the power to you – I think that's an exciting way to approach a music career (if you're actually any good). I'm giving my perspective on why certain live shows just don't seem to be cutting it these days. Also, the DJ behind the table on an elevated stage – comon people, that's so 2018, we can start something better.