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Vocal Coach in Residence January – Shlomo

Vocal Coach in Residence January – Shlomo
He started the world’s first Beatbox choir and is a Guiness world record holder.

Shlomo is a rising star, known for his riveting beatbox performances, television and festival appearances and for being the first World Loopstation Champion.

He’s held the record twice for the World’s Largest Beatbox Ensemble and is the current holder for directing a group of 2,081 Google employees.

He’s also active as an educator and has become Artist in Residence at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall.

We’ve given Shlomo just one sentence or less to answer our questions!

Shlomo in action

Shlomo in action

Quickest way to hurt your voice?
Get to the club too early and try to shout over the music.

Best way to a healthy voice?
Lots and lots and LOTS of water.

An unforgettable vocal performance you witnessed?
Stevie Wonder at Glastonbury.

What made it so?
Every single note that comes out of his mouth – delivered with so much love.

Best advice you’ve heard on dealing with nerves?
Treat the adrenaline as fight rather than flight: it will actually improve your performance.

Is “X-factor” a bad word?
Not if you keep the TV off!

Best coaching experience in the past year?
Vocal coaching sessions with Juliet Russell: she sorted out my throat tension.

Is there anything all vocal coaches agree upon?
Master your diaphragm!

Best advice about tech you ever received?
If it goes wrong, make it part of the show.

What should a vocalist know about tech beyond their mic?
Learn about EQ… it’s invaluable.

Did you have a career setback that turned out not to be a setback?
When I became a dad I started turning down work for the first time; I ended up making more money as the people who really wanted to work with me made me offers I couldn’t refuse.

Bad thing to say to your backing band/group?
“Well done” when everyone knows they had a terrible show… it’s better to be honest.

Good thing to say to your backing band/group?
“I’ve brought you all some cake.”

Selfie at a gig

Selfie at a gig

Most important thing to know about singing in the studio?
Once you’ve “nailed” it, try singing it another couple of times, but in totally different ways – you’ll find once you already have a good take, you get even better as you relax.

One way a singer can find their unique voice?
Try singing in your “speaking” voice.

Quote that inspires you?

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.
Stevie Wonder

If you’re signed up to VoiceCouncil’s Peer-Review, you’ll be receiving unique coaching feedback from Shlomo for the next 4 weeks. You can sign up now.

Vocal Coach in Residence January – ShlomoShlomo gave up astrophysics to perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. It was a good move. Since then he has won global acclaim and worked with some of the biggest names in music; he’s also won the World Loopstation Championships in LA.