The Surprising Reason Why Shawn Mendes Gets More Excited For ‘Quiet’ Shows

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Shawn Mendes may the ultimate mega-star, but you can rest assured knowing he’ll always be committed to his audience — no matter how large or small.

After performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles recently, Mendes sat down with Forbes and revealed what it’s actually like to play in front of such a massive crowd. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome.

“It was amazing. Obviously before L.A., New York and Toronto there is freaking out, but those shows always end up being the best shows because pressure is so high and I feel like when pressure is at its highest is when the magic kind of comes out of the show,” Mendes told Forbes on Wednesday.

Despite the fact that the Canadian singer enjoys the big venues and loud crowds — and has rocked many of them on his Illuminate Tour — he admitted that it’s the smaller, more quiet shows that really challenge him as an artist.

“Sometimes I get more excited for shows that I know are going to be quieter because it gets me more inspired to be more of a showman and be more of an entertainer and forces me to work harder,” said Mendes, who explained that it’s up to the artist to “work the crowd” and make sure they’re responsive.

Whether it’s at a major arena or in a small club atmosphere, it’s clear Mendes isn’t willing to let fans leave without an epic experience — and we appreciate him all the more for it!

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