I found a small section of a street that was pedestrian only, just off the Sairee beach area. 8:30 pm start with a solid regular flow of foot traffic, it took a good 20 min scout to find it. I wasn't one song in when a guy comes to me and tells me to move. I was instantly disheartened thinking he was kicking me off but then realised that he had 20 baht in his hand and he was asking me to move up the street where a few of his friends where sitting outside their stall shop drinking whiskey with ice. They were delighted with the private show and kept me topped up with whiskey as I played.
It was slow to get money within the first half hour, foot traffic came in pockets, the street long and narrow forcing most to walk by uncomfortably staring rather than just "lingering" a little. On a few occasions I had a drive of wild hooligans who were on a pub crawl, unless I was Pavarotti there wasn't a chance my little pop voice was gonna cut through that mix. Towards the end of the session, which lasted over an hour and a half I got quite a few people who stayed about. A few girls kept watch up above on the dorm balconies, restaurant goers kept a constant onlook from there tables whenever they came up for air and the Thai message ladies gave the odd smile through their large shop front windows. 2 small girls were constantly beside me, one cradling a kitten and the other often breaking into some energetic dance moves to suit my uptempo tracks. I made about 330 baht in that time frame which again is enough to get 2 good Thai meals or a nights stay at a dorm ( a shout out to Mollie too for helping me sing with a few numbers!).
Another lesson learned, and although it may seem quite obvious, is to well.... errr ....don't force your singing when there ain't potential customers around! Another thought too is that I can't help think a harmonica would help seal the deal too when busking, more for aesthetic purposes than melodic.
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