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PSA: The Dos And Don’ts Of Meet And Greets

Published: April 9, 2014 in Strange Music by

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Believe it or not, not everyone employs appropriate etiquette when meeting their favorite artists.

With Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2014 in full effect, we thought we would compile some tricks of the trade as far as meet and greets go.

As evidenced by Stevie Stone’s recent interview, some impressions don’t resonate in the desired manner with the artists.

Follow these guidelines to ensure that you don’t leave feeling or looking like an ass so your favorite rapper will be excited to say “what’s up” to you in the future!

DOs

Do bring gifts.
Gifts of all shapes and sizes. You know what your favorite artists like because you listen to all their songs. So bring their favorite alcohol (they don’t have time to go to the liquor store anyway), bring them the dope drawing you did of their album cover or bring them the newest comic book they haven’t been able to pick up on the road. You’ll brighten their day the same way they are brightening yours.

Booze

Do adhere to the guidelines of the meet and greet.
You know that piece of paper you got when you bought your meet and greet experience? It has some valuable information on it that you’re going to need to know. Stuff like what time to show up, what forms of ID you have to present, how many items you can have signed, and so on. Pay attention to that piece of paper so the people in charge of making the meet and greet go smoothly can do exactly that.

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Do ask to have your boobs signed.
Obviously, this only applies to the ladies so guys can just ignore this one. We all know that artists love titties and ass so if you’ve got a nice one, show some love and ask to have them autograph it. Trust me, it will be their pleasure.

Booty Signing

Do know how to work your camera/phone.
Nobody wants to be behind the guy who is fumbling around with his devices that only realizes his flash wasn’t on after he’s gotten his picture taken. So do everyone a favor and get everything figured out and set up while you’re in line. That way you get your perfect picture on the first try.

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DON’Ts

Don’t attack the artist.
The artist set up the meet and greet for a reason: to meet and to greet. When you make your way up to them, they’re not going to run away so there’s no need for you to tackle them. Also falling under this umbrella is the “deathgrip” handshake. You want them to be able to sign your shit, right? Right. So don’t treat their hand like you would your ex’s throat.

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Don’t take more than your fair share of time.
Again, “meet and greet” says it all. This is an opportunity for you to hug, shake hands, introduce yourself, say what kind of impact the artist has had on you, get something signed and take a picture. You shouldn’t be using this interaction to have them call your five best friends. Be mindful of everybody else who’s just as geeked as you are.

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Don’t rap to an artist.
We’re not trying to knock your hustle, and hey, it worked for Big Sean, but 99 times out of 100, this is just not a good idea. You look thirsty, everybody feels awkward, and if you’re whack, you force your favorite artist into that awful position of saying “That was dope!” while thinking what the fuck just happened?

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Don’t show up in a hygienic slump.
That means take the appropriate steps to smell and look acceptable. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but once again, try to be mindful of others and their noses.

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Don’t bring a raunchy item to get signed.
The first CD you bought from that artist? Great! Your faded, old concert t-shirt from your first concert of that artist? Fine! The panties you wore out your front door this morning? Not cool. There are some things that just cross the line so use some discretion when planning out your encounter. Long before the meet and greet you know you’re going to want something signed, so choose normal, clean items and have them ready-to-go day of.

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So there you have it. This may not be everything you should know before attending a meet and greet, but it encompasses some of the most common faux pas and encouraged behaviors artists encounter day in and day out while on the road.

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  • - What did you think of these tips?
  • - Would you add anything to either list?

Hit us up with a comment below!

  • Brittney Forrest

    Totally makes sense. Don’t want any stinky bitches. Can’t wait for June 28th! Traveling across the country to see Tech in KCMO

  • Shawn May Kill’Ya

    Don’t be pushy in line. Or bash others on their excitement to meet there guru. Also knowing what to say when you finally get the chance to meet them would be very helpful. Instead of just staring at them mumbling perfusly

  • Jake Nesslar

    Also When crowding an closed door to a meet an greet event give the artist some room to get in and with out hastle. I told a friend not to do this as he went to approach big scoob before a meet and greet both him and E-40 overheard me saying give him some room we will see him in just a min. that respect we gave them ended up in a longer meet and greet with those artist and a little more personal after the meet and greet and after the show. they are people too who all need there space.

  • Terry Borolov

    That was pretty good expecially for the first timers I’ve gone to every t9 show vip in Illinois since 08 and I gotta say some people just ain’t ment to meet their favorite artists case in point we were at the house of blues Chicago I want to say 2010 and there was this guy in the bar with us stevie stone and mayday were both in the bar eating and this dude is drunk and pestering them while they were eating 2 hours before the meet and greet even started sure I was tempted to go talk to stevie but realizing he was trying to enjoy a meal and a drink before the show I just gave him a nod and ordered up some drinks so in addition to to dos and don’ts leave the artists alone while they are trying to eat!!!!

  • N Cruse

    My daughter bought her boyfriend the VIP ticket for $175 as a birthday present, and he missed the meet-and-greet because he was at her ultrasound appt. (It’s a girl) Anyway, at the door they wouldn’t let him in to the show either even though they called the venue and were told he would still be able to get in. Can you give me any insight? I just feel bad for my daughter because she paid so much for the ticket and I feel bad for her boyfriend because he was so stoked about this event since this artist is his favorite. Thanks!

  • Joel Fontaine

    Can the Colorado Techn9cians bring artists that good good?

  • Clay

    I did a show with tech once in Chilliwack British Columbia. And simply said man its an honor to meet you and do a show with you. And he must have not been feeling it or herd this from every opener cause he was like cool man and kind of shrugged me off. LOl so I would suggest not saying something like that make him laugh or share a fun memory when you seen him last or when you seen him perform or whatever!!!

  • Alex Brinker

    Im saying i wanna bring a qp at least

  • jason brewer

    It’s my sons bday day after the show do you think it’s would be ok to have him say happy bday in camera for me to show my son

  • Jeff Nelson

    Of course.

  • Jeff Nelson

    That’s just fine.

  • jason brewer

    Cool I just didn’t know with all the other people in line waiting if it would be ok to ask

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