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MUSIC COMPETITION COMES TO BALHAM

The Open Mic UK music competition came to the White Eagle Club Balham

Music competition in London: Balham played host to the Open Mic UK's music competition where singers and songwriters came from Balham and its surrounding areas in an attempt to gain a place in the Open Mic UK Regional Finals!

More than a music competition, Open Mic UK looks to give feedback and advice to develop as an act please click here to read advice for aspiring singers.

Alternatively click here to apply to enter the Open Mic UK competition in London.

Balham Music Competition: See industry feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of the Open Mic UK competition, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts.

Under 16’s Balham Music Competition

Jamie-Lee Hagarty – Look to work on your projection, you were quiet. Click here for more on how to achive better vocal projection. You seemed very nervous click here advice on how to calm nerves. Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence. Click here for the importance of open mic nights for practicing and performance miles. Song choice is also very important click here for more advice on the importance of song choice.

Perry Cooke – Good confident performance and I liked that you did something creative click here for more on performing a creative cover. Good that you looked up and engaged with your audience throughout. Click here for the importance of eye contact. Going forward start to consider making the songs original click here for tips on writing songs.

Natalie Roland - You always have a fantastic crisp vocal. Look to connect with the emotion of the song a bit more, click here for the importance of expression. Every time you perform, perform like you are on stage click here for the importance of performance.

Abena Adoma – Loved your tone! Need to look to try and be original be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. Click here for Going forward start to consider making the songs original click here for tips on writing songs.

Joy Eden – Song is catchy look to perform as much as much as you can to get those important stage miles which will help you learn to work the dynamics of the song. Click here for more on delivery of dynamics for a performance. Really look to drive through the hook of the song click here for more on Guitar Dynamics. Click here for the importance of open mic nights for practicing and performance miles.

Savannah Stubbs – Good projection and delivery. Always have a fantastic crisp vocal. Look to connect with the emotion of the song click here for click here for more on the importance of expression. Every time you perform, perform like you are on stage click here for the importance of performance. Liked the song nice flow and catchy with a strong hook.

Rayyan Chihi - It will come in time but try and relax you are a little stiff, click here advice on how to calm nerves. Remember you are connecting the audience to the emotion of the song so eye contact is extremely important click here for more on the importance of eye contact. Look to use dynamics to really drive through the hook of the song click here for more advice on the dynamics for a performance.

Alice Page - Look to try and be original be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. Going forward start to consider making the songs original click here for more on performing a creative cover. You used your hands well to convey the emotion of the song. Ensure you practice and practice so you flow a little better when performing, to be the best you can. Don’t hold back really look to commit to the song, as when you do let lose you have lovely tone click here for more on vocal projection.

Mia Mirchadani – You have a nice vocal but you picked a very popular song which is always hard to impress when such an iconic singer and song click here for the importance of song choice. Need to look to try and be original be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. Going forward start to consider making the songs original click here for more on performing a creative cover.

Michael & Mara – Nice tone although a little shakey vocally when you came together, really practice those harmonies and singing together. Click here for more on performing as a duo and also click here for more on the importance of harmonies.

Eliza Farrar - Lovely tone to your vocal, performance wise you engage well with your audience click here for more on the importance of eye contact. Work on that expression and conveying the emotion of the song. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song. Click here for tips on singing with emotion. Click here for more on Guitar Dynamics to really drive the song home.

Jonah Brandon-Rochas – You have a nice tone super rasp to make you a little different however you are failing to delivery the emotional message of the song click here for more on the importance of eye contact. Also click here for more on making an emotion connection

Elle Smith – You were very nervous and that came across in the audition click here for more on how to calm nerves. Look to work on your projection, you were quiet. Click here for more on vocal projection.  Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence. Click here for the importance of open mic nights for practicing and performance miles. Song choice is also very important click here for more advice on selecting the right song for you.

Balham Music Competition 16-20's feedback

Henry Doyle - Lovely tone to your vocal, performance wise you need to get out of the habit of looking down at your guitar and engage your audience, click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song. Click here for more on Guitar Dynamics to really drive the song home.

Milena – You were very nervous and that came across in the audition click here for more on how to calm nerves. Look to work on your projection, you were quiet click here for more on the importance of projection. Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence. Song choice is also very important click here for more advice on selecting the right song for you. Don’t force the vocal and lose control.

Megan – Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song. Look to work on your projection, you were quiet click here for more on the importance of projection. You seemed very nervous click here advice on how to calm nerves. Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence, click here for the importance of performance.

Mia - You seemed very nervous click here advice on how to calm nerves. Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence. Song choice is also very important click here for more advice on selecting the right song for you. Look to work on your projection, you were quiet click here for more on how to achive better vocal projection. Your audition got better the longer it went on. Look to fully warm up before you audition to be your best.

Carla - Need to look to try and be original be click here for more on performing a creative cover.  Going forward start to consider making the songs original and start writing your own songs. Click here for more on the importance of songwriting. Take care not to force the vocal and lose control.

Taylor Lee – Loved your unique image click here for the importance finding an image as a musician. You should lose the vocals on the backing track if you are singing them or bring in vocal support. 

Over 21's Balham Audition Feedback

Meredith Yates - Need to look to try and be original, be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. Click here for more on performing a creative cover. Look to work with a vocal coach to improve your projection and dynamics click here for more on selecting the best singing coach for you.

Latasha - You seemed very nervous click here advice on how to calm nerves. Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence. Click here for the  importance of open mic nights for practicing and performance miles. Work on your vocal projection to be even better, click here for tips on how to achive better vocal projection

Georgie S  - Your diction could have been stronger click here for tips and advice on diction. As a duo click here for more performing as a duo a little more interaction wouldn’t go a miss; also click here for the importance of performance at open mic nights for practicing and performance miles.  

Mimi  Brown – Strong vocally with good projection click here for good advice on the importance of projection, take care not to force the vocal and lose your control. Need to look to try and be original be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. Going forward start to consider making the songs original click here for more on performing a creative cover.

Heather – Cute song but look to work the dynamics more to convey the message as strong as possible. Click here for more on Guitar Dynamics. Look to work on your projection, you were quiet click here for more on the importance of projection, You seemed very nervous click here advice on how to calm nerves. Perform as much as you can to improve your confidence. Click here for the importance of open mic night for practicing and performance miles.

Gemma D – You performed it well but make sure you are reaching out to your audience rather than being too self indulgent. Try Use your eyes to reach out and connect with your audience click here for the importance of eye contact

Chantee – Nice vocal but look to try and be original. Be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. Going forward start to consider making the songs original click here for more on performing a creative cover.

Leonardo – Very heart felt but think about your delivery and emphasising the main points of the song. Alter the dynamics to help achieve this, click here for more on delivery of dynamics for a performance. Performance wise, try to connect to the emotional message of the song, how to sing with emotion.

Lyndsey – You performed it well but consider being more original. Be creative with the cover and start to write your own songs. This will really help you to be individual and stand out from the crowd. Also click here for more on performing a creative cover.

Eteile Marley – Performance wise you need to bring it alive as it lacked dynamics and depth; click here for more advice on dynamics for a performance. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song. Click here for the importance of open mic nights for practicing and performance miles.

Lauren Rose – Nice track and you conveyed the emotional passion of the song well. Look to use your eyes more to connect to your audience click here for more on the importance of eye contact.

Grace Hedges – Just watch your volumes when playing it was a little loud relative to your vocals. The song had quite a long intro, look to get the hook of the song out there early! Consider increasing the tempo of the song to keep the audience engaged, also consider the song needs to grab us and have a stronger hook click here for more advice on writing that all important chorus.

Fabio – Consider your image and something that makes you stand out click here for the importance of finding an image as a musician. Lovely tone and projection to your vocal. Performance wise you need to get out of the habit of looking down at your guitar and engage your audience click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song.  Click here for more on Guitar Dynamics

Vivien Perry – Very heart felt but think about your delivery and emphasising the main points and alter the dynamics Click here for more tips on Singing with Dynamics. Performance wise give is more to be able to connect to the emotional message of the song. You were very nervous and that came across in the audition click here for more on how to calm nerves. Look to work on your projection, you were quiet click here for more on how to achive better vocal projection.

Schahin – You committed well to the performance. Very heart felt but think about your delivery and emphasising the main points. Alter the dynamics to help achieve this. Click here for advice on the delivery of dynamics. Really need to push the hook through more which adding dynamics will assist you to do this. Try to watch the levels for the the instruments on backing, you needed more pace to let your vocals breathe.

Charlie Morgan - Lovely tone and projection to your vocal, performance wise you need to get out of the habit of looking down at your guitar and engage your audience Click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song. Click here for more on Guitar Dynamics to really drive the song home as lacked a little depth and variation.

India Falconer - Choosing a theatrical song you are always limited in acted out that performance rather than showing us you as an artist, Click here for more on the the importance of song choice. Ensure you engage your audience click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song direct to your audience.

Lauren King – Great to hear you do an original but always be careful when using a loop pedal type device click here for some tips on using a loop pedal. In this instance the build up came accross lengthy and a bit clumsy. See your thinking but maybe consider practicing and filming yourself to get the timing and engagement spot on.

Alyah Larose – Liked the vibe, flowed well and really easy on the ear. Very heart felt but consider about your delivery and emphasising the main points and alter the dynamics even more click here for advice on the dynamics for a performance. Really need to push the hook through more which adding dynamics will assist you to do this.

Sena Chin – Sweet vocal and lovely song! Performance wise you need to get out of the habit of looking down at your guitar and engage your audience click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song direct to your audience.

Mr Grimes – Image is important and with your image you aren’t going to go unnoticed click here for more on the importance finding an image as a musician. Performance wise it was a little limited look to perform as much as you can to be a little more engaging as a performance click here for the importance of performance.

Angelo – Good structure to the song. Performance wise you need to get out of the habit of looking down at your guitar and engage your audience click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song direct to your audience. Very heart felt but consider about your delivery and emphasising the main points and alter the dynamics even more click here for advice on the delivery of dynamics.

Asha Passmore – You performed it will but ensure you don’t just go through the motions. Ensure you engage your audience click here for the importance of eye contact. Practice, practice and practice more, filming yourself performing and expressing the emotion of the song direct to your audience. 

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