When you perform, look for the people that are really listening.
You’ve put in the work and are showing up to perform, and they’re showing up ready to listen. These are the people that are going to be giving you real feedback, and it’s usually positive. People who aren’t listening aren’t giving you much to work with so they’re blank expressions shouldn’t mean much to you.
Of course we want to captivate the entire audience, but it’s no small feat to overcome any one person’s apathy.
The people that are listening are who your music is for, and if you serve them well enough they’ll tell their friends that they should be listening too.