Sometimes the best healing is free of charge – says Christoffer Brodersen of Basix
Though I am a professional vocalist, I also have to say that singing is a kind of therapy.
In fact, ‘getting something out of your system’ is important for one’s inner balance.
Think about this: we hear so many things every day, we have so many inputs from people we talk to, music, commercials, etc.!
So, it’s very important that we have some kind of “output” – to match the input so to speak.
I suspect that the reason some drunk people sing loudly is that they have so much “sound” in them that is not allowed to come out in their everyday life.
Maybe if parents did not “hush” their children all the time (thus teaching them that “it’s wrong to be loud”), there would be a lot more singers in this world – what do you think?
Without the constant “hushing up” we might have a lot more people feeling confident about using their voice and maybe even getting their message across.
Vocal Therapy on the Road
One of my missions to keep up my love for singing – even with a heavy schedule.
To do this I simply sing lots of different material and try out new genres to constantly challenge myself.
When I have to sing songs I’ve sung hundreds of times before (for example “Angels” by Robbie Williams), I strive to have a fresh take instead of going on “auto-pilot”.
The situation, the venue and especially the audience always changes; I try to let the surroundings and the atmosphere in the room inspire me.
Not only does this lessen my boredom, but I’m getting free psycho-therapy every day!
My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids
TL – Secrets (One Republic Cover)
I loved your version of the song! You got a fabulous voice and I love the way you use both your falsetto and your chest voice/belting. The guitar player is doing a great job too. Just for the fun of it, try to do a version of the song while sitting on your hands – see how that affects your performance :) I suggest this because I’m not certain that all of your gesticulations enhance your singing; they may be holding back your connection to the song’s story that comes through the voice. This balance between ‘acting’ and ‘singing’ is something for all of us to consider and I’m sure you will find your own way.
Holly Stewart – Love on The First Night (Original)
Nice song – I really liked it! You have a lot of joy in your voice and I can’t help but to sit here with a big smile on my face :).That said, you could improve your performance doing two things: 1) tune your guitar 2) practice singing and playing to a metronome. Because you have a lot of enthusiasm in your way of performing you tend to get a bit carried away with your tempo. So use a metronome to keep the rhythm steady and put it away when you feel confident. It’s hard and annoying, but it will pay off :) Good luck in Nashville – it’s an AWESOME city! :)
-Christoffer Brodersen of Basix
With a grand total of 4 international CARA awards, including “Best European Album” and “Best Holiday Album” the Danish vocal pop group Basix has proven themselves to be among the very best of a cappella groups worldwide. See VoiceCouncil’s Exclusive Interview with Basix.