Make your performance move from good to excellent with some purpose and planning to your “between-song” communication –says Toke Wulf of Basix
When you listen to one of your favorite performers at a concert the most important thing is obviously the music: do they sing/play well and is the audio well balanced?
But there’s another level to a performance: what are they saying between their songs?
Are they funny, present, silent, informative —or just really boring because they haven’t got a clue what to say except: “the next song is called…”
When you hear a performer with a plan and a purpose for their communication with the audience, things can move from good to excellent.
There are, of course, thousands of ways to prepare yourself for the introductions at a concert depending on who you are…. but my top tips would be:
Silence is OK. Don’t say something just for the purpose of saying something. Make it important as to why should people listen to this next song. Otherwise it’s better not to say anything at all.
Plan. Have a plan with your introduction – know what the punch line is before you start – otherwise you might end up going in circles.
Improvise. It’s ok to improvise but, in case you suddenly go blank, have a back up plan for every song you introduce.
Be Present. Remember where you are (what city) and mention it a couple of times. Usually the audience loves this, because it shows that you’re not just doing one out of a thousand concerts. Being present also means that you’re able to point out a situation from this particular concert and use it in an introduction.
Deputize. If you hate introducing or if you have an off-day, then don’t…. let someone else in the group do it.
Time. Don’t make your song introductions too long – unless they’re really, REALLY good or funny. People have come to listen to your music/singing voice, not a two-hour presentation.
Be Heard. Keep up your vocal energy. Sometimes performers speak intimately without realizing that the back row can’t hear a thing.
Fresh Humor. If you tell a joke you’ve told 500 times before, remember it’s the first time for this audience…and if you’re singing/playing at the same venue again in front of almost the same audience, maybe it’s time to skip the joke or find a new one.
Communication with the audience is always important!
Anders’ Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids
Jessica White – “Butterfly” (Cover)
The sound of your voice suits the song perfectly. There is a thin line between presenting the song and chit chatting, but you managed to stay on the right side. Make sure that you know the lyrics well enough to not have to read. Also – don’t look at the recording device. When I listen to the song I look a lot at your eyes – and they sometimes gaze at the ceiling, the window, the lyrics and many other directions. It will make a huge difference for you to practice staying focused and “direct” in your communication.
Joey Maloney – “No Surrender” (Cover)
Joey – thank you for a very strong vocal performance. You manage to deliver the message and energy from the lyrics into the song. It’s very “no nonsense!” and I really like that. You can easily improve your delivery with some attention to the video – by placing your computer higher – this also goes for the all the other videos you have uploaded. When you record yourself looking down, it’s easy for you to appear angry and disconnected – I’m pretty sure that’s not your intention. A different camera angle will make a huge difference.
Veronica “ValchiRea” Bordacchini – “If I Were a Boy” (Cover)
Veronica. Wow. You’ve really got a nice voice. Love the way you are able to keep up the “steam” throughout the song. It’s very long and there is not much help to get from the track. There’s something about your vibrato that I’d like to comment on (and maybe you have heard it before) – this a matter of taste and opinion rather than absolute truth. Most of the time I feel that you use vibrato to enhance your expression or make the sound bigger – and I like that. But sometimes it comes across as an “auto-pilot”. Consider using vibrato only when you have a musical purpose.
With a grand total of 7 international CARA awards, including “Best European Album” and “Best Holiday Album” the Danish vocal pop group Basix have proven themselves to be among the very best of a cappella groups worldwide.
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