MilitiA Vox is well known as an unparalleled talent with mesmerizing presence, a four-octave range and serious vocal power.
MilitiA Vox has backed Cyndi Lauper, Taylor Dayne and Nancy Sinatra and been the Frontwoman for all-female heavy metal sensation Judas Priestess- “The World’s Only All Girl Tribute to the Metal Gods, Judas Priest”
She has held a residency at Times Scare in Times Square and is a solo artist who has sung with Dee Snider and Living Colour.
We asked her to share about her voice, her career and what it takes for a singer to prevail against the odds.
Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people.
It’s difficult to get people to listen to original music. Most of the time they only remember the cover songs- which is why I made an album of covers BAIT first – it’s my way to entice my listeners and get their attention before releasing my original album THE VILLAINESS – due out in 2015.
A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
Being a backing singer can do your brain in. It can keep you small and make you do things out of character because you think that’s what’s expected of you. If you want the experience and the paycheck, cool.
What is your advice to young artists on this issue?
If you are an artist and you have your own vision and style, DO THAT and don’t be afraid. It can only come out wrong if you’re dishonest with yourself. Stay true, and you’ll get that brass ring ON YOUR OWN TERMS.
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you.
Tina Turner. She’s the first singer that I ever saw live that I truly identified with. She was uniquely powerful and sexy without even trying, and a BEAST of a vocalist and live performer. A true icon.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media.
You’ve gotta talk about things other than music sometimes! It can’t be all “Come to my show” or “check out my new song” …start a conversation and have some real talk with your friends and supporters. People want and expect this now.
A performance FAIL.
In my early 20s, I not only had a lust to sing, but a lust to party after the show. One performance I was so burned out from the slew of nights raging till the a.m. (and sometimes later!) that when I opened my mouth to sing a high note, nothing came out. I was horrified. MORAL OF THE STORY: Take it easy on the road, every night ain’t New Year’s Eve. Then throwdown for serious when the tour is over, you’ll have earned it by then.
A performance SUCCESS – and why…
I can’t think of one specific instance but my favorite “successful” moments onstage are when I’ve got ‘em- I can look out into the audience and they’re with me- everyone’s locked in at that moment. It’s exhilarating.
A vocal-singing lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
I’ve learned that I’m one of those crazy types who enjoys screaming. It feels good to me. HOWEVER, a lot of people don’t want to be yelled at for 45-90 mins. I learned to bring it down a stitch or two and offer depth, color and variety in my sound. The crowd and my chords are much happier now.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
Every second in the performance space is part of the package.
What, exactly, do you mean?
Everything from what you are wearing, your entrance music, how you enter, your first notes and words, where you look, what words are emphasized in the song(s), how to make each song different, how you choose to connect with your crowd, how you physicalize the music and add a dash of unpredictability- take risks- make it so ANYTHING could happen, in real time, different from any other show before. Keep it fresh for yourself and the crowd- leave ‘em feeling satisfied… but wanting more!
Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
S T A Y H Y D R A T E D. It’ll quell a lot of problems.
A question you wished we asked you – and your answer
Can I touch your hair? No. No you may not. ; )
NYC’s reigning “Queen of Metal”, Militia Vox is well known as an unparalleled talent with mesmerizing presence, a four-octave range and serious vocal power. She currently holds a residency at Times Scare in Times Square and has Self-released her debut album BAIT on Halloween 2014.