I was slacking, no two ways about it. I hadn't officially busker since the Thailand islands. I'd played to a few people since at random spots but no busking so I forced myself to do it in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. It was raining so I scrambled my way down to the main shopping mall areas in ..... It was bustling with people, it was evening time (dark) and I noticed a fairly large security contingent. After over half an hour or so of walking I found a good spot in a walkway linking the shopping centre to the main road. It was perfect, totally sealed, heavy foot traffic , no external noise and a wall behind me to project my sound. Again that nervous feeling hits you as you start setting up and you can see the onlookers thinking "wouldn't mind staying to see what this punter is up to!" or " is he really gonna set up here" . I had just tuned up the guitar when a security guy came up. I told him I was professional and even tried to sing for him but he was having none of it. I was on private property and the cameras were on me, there was no bending the rules, I had to move. In fairness he wasn't an ass about it, looked more like he was just delivering the bosses words! A bit dejected I headed back to the shopping centre where another public walkway connected to this private one. It was a lot noisier with traffic but had no choice. There was a security guard not too far away either but I didn't care, I gave it another shot.
So it started and as usual it was worth it. The people coming up, taking videos and pictures, the smiles and thumbs up. I got one Nepalese guy who gave me a few tunes of his local country which attracted the security guard over too, whom was also from Nepal ( see picture). One guy left me a full bottle of 2 liter Pepsi to quench my thirst with and one guy sang Adele's "set fire to the rain" with me in full male opera voice. It's always worth it!
I got 85 Malaysian Ringgit in an hour and a half, which is enough for a nights kip and a decent evening meal. Again probably enough to survive if you were to do busking twice a day. Again though I can't stress enough the importance of location and the ability to avoid security since that can make your life very difficult if your relying on it as an income. Eitherway, good to be back at it!
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