Stress test

How To Per­form well Un­der Pres­sure

Rhythm - - INTERVIEW -

What psy­cho­log­i­cal ap­proach do you take when it comes to play­ing big­ger gigs?

“It’s bet­ter to play re­laxed, feel­ing like you’re just in your base­ment, that’s when you play your best, but it’s pretty hard not to get af­fected when there are 50,000 peo­ple in front of you. The best thing is don’t take your­self too se­ri­ously. If you make a mis­take, don’t worry about it. I went through a stage of telling my­self, ‘I’m go­ing to be per­fect this show, I’m go­ing to be amaz­ing,’ and it was ac­tu­ally detri­men­tal be­cause I don’t re­ally work as well when I put too much pres­sure on my­self. You’ve got to keep it light and fun and en­joy it more. You have ex­pec­ta­tions and then if you do make a hu­man mis­take, you ru­mi­nate over it and the next time you make the mis­take worse. The best way is not to take your­self too se­ri­ously and don’t beat your­self up if you make a mis­take.”

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