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Cover Videos Have to be Quick! – TeraBrite’s YouTube Advice

TeraBrite on stage

TeraBrite’s high energy award winning YouTube covers have been tweeted by Lady Gaga and DNCE.

Their many awards include YouTube’s Next Up contest with a cash prize of $35,000, Ryan Seacrest’s Cover Contest, and Michael Bay’s Mini-Movie Contest with a cash prize of $25,000.

Lead singer, Sabrina tells us how quick you have to be to stay ahead of the online curve.

What drew you into the world of YouTube?

It all started when Shay Carl from the SHAYTARDS said he would be using viewers covers of their intro song. All we had at the time was a Myspace and an empty YouTube channel. We decided to cover their intro theme song and just 3 hours after uploading it to our TeraBrite channel, our intro was used in the new SHAYTARDS vlog. Instantly we saw a lot of interaction on our channel and requests for more intro songs for other YouTubers. From there spiraled more theme songs and eventually covers, originals and parodies.

How have you built your fan base so quickly?
Being very quick to cover a new pop song. Some of our more successful covers were covered the day the song came out. If it’s something being searched in masses, you should be on top of it! Also, collaborations with the right people can be one of the best things to do when it comes to reaching a larger audience.

What have you learned from collaborating with other performers?
Precise communication and timeliness is key to a great collaboration. Everybody has a different flow – sometimes you must adapt to the way someone else does things.

How do you best connect to your fans?
By responding to them as often as possible through YouTube comments and all social media outlets, updating them with photos and just being active on social media in general. Sometimes we may do a live stream here and there.

Most important lesson you have learned about social media
To always be as active as you can, which will help keep a connection with viewers. It can be tough, but it’s a matter of being forgotten about.

A tip on performing in front of the camera
Look at the lens as if it were someone’s eyes, and don’t hold back!

Your videos look great – what equipment do you use?
As far as the camera goes, we use a Sony a7S II and before that a Canon 5D Mark III. Lighting is very important to us and we love lens flares. We have 2 Kino Flo Diva-Lite lights and a few colorful lights for fun videos. We use Vegas Pro to edit almost everything.

What tips would you have for people who don’t have that equipment?
I know a lot of people would probably say you don’t need high end equipment for YouTube videos but we think it’s very important to have the tools you need to accomplish your vision. If you’re doing music videos and aiming for a professional look it’s worth saving up. But, you can accomplish a professional looking video with most DSLR cameras that can shoot 1080p with a 50mm lens on it.

A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance
Not only focusing on pitch but also on character and dynamics. You can create a lot of emotion in a vocal performance simply by throwing in some rasp and having ups and downs.

What have you learned about yourself throughout your YouTube journey?
When I can’t get something in a recording up to the standards I’ve created for myself, I won’t stop until I’m satisfied. For example, in one of our covers there was a very high note that I was struggling to hit. I recorded the one line for over an hour until I thought the recording was up to par and then finished the rest of the song. Standing in one spot for too long makes your body hurt, hitting a high note strains your neck muscles, throat and jaw muscles. I wouldn’t do it any other way though!

Favourite vocal gear
For live performances I prefer my Sennheiser e935 microphone and I have a custom set of Heir Audio Heir 8.A in ear monitors. For more controlled environments, I either use a Shure SM7B or Neumann TLM 103 microphone. So far I’ve used my TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 at every live performance for live vocal FX but recently upgraded to the VoiceLive 3 Extreme.

Best advice you’ve ever heard
Sometimes you have to stop and do it tomorrow. I’ve struggled with recording a song one day then trying again the next and doing it no problem.

A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way
Screaming hurts!

If you had to wake up with someone else’s voice, whose would it be?
A cross between Hayley Williams and Demi Lovato.

TeraBrite TeraBrite are a two piece band and couple who made the intro for SHAYTARDS, the outro for CTFxC and are known for their Safe & Sound rock cover. They like to turn pop songs into rock songs and make them their own! TeraBrite also release originals, parodies, vlogs, challenges and more!

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