5 Things You Should Know About Meeting Your Fave Hmong Music Artist at J4
It’s almost that time of the year again!
Many Hmong artists will release brand new material at the annual J4 event in St. Paul, MN. Whether it’s film, music, crafts, fashion, or visuals, you’ll find new work, literally, hot off the press.
I’ve done it three times now, and have heard from fans in the past about certain issues/questions regarding Hmong music artists and their booths.
Today, I've got five things you should know about meeting your favorite Hmong music artist at J4.
They're all things my own fans have asked or said to me, but there's simply not enough time to explain. I hope this helps you as you go out to support your favorite Hmong artist(s) this summer!
1. She looks different.
Before the weekend had even started, know that she may have spent a full day prior (maybe night too) in the sweltering heat at the festival grounds to make sure everything was perfect for you. And especially to make sure you’d find her in the chaotic maze of booths. So if she looks different (tired, cuter, not as cute), know that she deeply cares about her work and meeting you. Hope you'll see that first!
2. I couldn’t find her booth.
Oh, she understands the struggle, so she might have already shared her booth location on her social media accounts. But if not, definitely reach out to her! By now (one week away), she should know her booth number and map location.
3. It’s 4 PM and she’s not at her booth.
She’s worked so hard to get to this point, so the last thing she wants to do is to leave her booth early. It’s very likely that she’s on her second show of the weekend and had to leave for a soundcheck, a first meal, and to get dressed all in an hour’s time. Thank you for your patience!
4. It’s so loud; I couldn't even hear what she said.
Yes! She hears you loud and clear, figuratively. In an ideal world, it’d be quiet and she could talk with you for hours. However, she’s sharing the space with other audio/film vendors and unfortunately may have to compete for your ears’ attention by turning up the volume. As much as you dislike it, let me assure you she does too.
5. I’ve been to her booth three times and she's never there.
Thank you for being so passionate about her and her music. Unfortunately, you came at the only times she had for a short break to down a water bottle, use the bathroom for the first time, or eat the only meal she’ll have that day. If she could physically stand all day at her booth to never have to miss a fan like you, she totally would.
So there you have it! I imagine many of my music colleagues would agree with me on all these points. We love our fans, and unfortunately know there will be challenges throughout the event.
But it’s the intention that you and your favorite Hmong music artist set in showing up at one time, one place...all for the love of music that is extra special.
Thank you so much for the love & support at every event. In 2016, I certainly felt it at my booth. FYI: I won’t have one this year at J4, but you'll find me scouting food booths and picking up Maiyia Vwj’s new album!
I'M CURIOUS! Would you rather have a set schedule of when you can meet your favorite artist at her booth? Or do you like the open schedule concept (come as you go)? As always, let me know in the comments below!
Until next time…