Eline Vera has just become a winner of VoiceCouncil’s first Singing Competition. We asked her to reveal how she is beginning to share her music.
Eline Vera started her YouTube channel, House of Halo, one year ago. Now she’s had 8 million views.
We were impressed by the quality of Eline’s presentation and have asked her to share some of the ins and outs of sharing on YouTube and creating great vocals.
Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people.
I’ve never been a stage performer, so making a YouTube video was definitely the safest way to start showing myself to a larger audience. Still, I was afraid of the comments I might get, because the internet can be very brutal! The feedback I got from making just this one cover of ‘Chandelier’ was amazing and I already feel a lot more comfortable being in the spotlight.
#withoutmusic video series
Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience.
YouTube! What an amazing platform for your music to be heard! The channel I have is not only for my music, it’s all about sound in general, but always with an entertaining twist. The #withoutmusic series is something I’m pretty proud of, because it reaches a large audience.
A performance FAIL.
I don’t really perform much, I’m more of a studio vocalist. I do remember singing at my grandfather’s funeral a few years ago with a really bad flu. I kept on coughing right up until the performance, I was so nervous my voice was going to crack because of my flu and the emotions. It all turned out ok, but the last note – which was supposed to be subtle and long, fading out at the end – ended up being a really short one, because I felt a cough coming up. Oh well…
A memorable performance – and why.
That same performance. Although cheering at the end of a performance was not allowed in the church I was singing in, my family didn’t care and did it anyway. I loved that.
Favorite vocal gear.
The most essential tools I use to make a voice sound good, depending on the kind of production I’m making, are Waves plugins. I love those. Especially the Waves CLA Vocal plugin. It’s great for compression and to get that thick, polished sound.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
Being in the moment. I can sometimes get caught up in achieving a perfectly in tune, neat vocal, but in the end, it’s the performance that matters. If you are performing from the heart, nobody’s going to hear the imperfections.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media?
It might feel like you are talking to a wall sometimes, but being consistent in talking to your audience will make such a big difference. I also really try to listen to what the audience wants to try and build more of a community.
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
It might sound really obvious, but warming up your voice before you perform, whether it is on stage or in a studio setting, is so important. It makes you way more comfortable with the material you’re going to sing. Also: practice makes perfect!
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you.
I love Beyoncé. In my opinion she’s the best female singer out there right now. She combines the voice, the moves and the looks. As for YouTube, I’m in love with Pentatonix! They are my biggest inspiration and the reason I started making my own a cappella covers.
My Reaction to This Week's Singing Competition Entry
Eline Vera - House of Cards (Cover)
Eline, your rendition of Chandelier is faultless – it’s no surprise that you’re a professional singer-composer. Some nice original touches, love that all of the sounds are woman-made. Good luck in the competition!
Why I chose Eline Vera as a Finalist
Eline was our wildcard for this competition. She gave a technically very impressive performance that simply could not be overlooked.
Eline Vera is from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She owns a company called House of Halo which focuses on making music and sound design for commercials. In March 2014, they also started a YouTube channel to have a little fun with their passion for music and sound. Since the beginning of this year, they started making videos every week Wednesday and right now, the channel has over 8 million views.