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CAMDEN MUSIC AUDITIONS

Feedback from the Camden music auditions. 

CAMDEN MUSIC AUDITIONS

Camden Music Auditions: Open Mic UK’s Camden music auditions came to Dingwalls in Camden, London this weekend. Singers and songwriters from London came to impress the music industry judges at the Camden music auditions in the hope of gaining a place in the competition’s live Regional Finals.

The judges at the Camden music auditions were: 

  • Laurence Hobbs, from Charthouse Music, a producer who has previously worked with Pixie Lott, Sam Smith and One Direction. 
  • ShaoDow , a UK rapper and label owner of DIY Gang Entertainment. 
  • Yulanda Lindsay, a vocal coach and backing singer for Lily Allen. 
  • Chris Grayston, Director of Future Music. 

Camden Music Auditions: Find 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 Open Mic UK, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts. Please take the feedback on board with a view to helping in the future.

Camden Music Auditions - Judges' Feedback 

Balla Prenga – Lovely voice, you just need to perform more to build up your confidence. Vocal wise look to work on your projection and range to be even better. Click here for more on building your vocal confidence

Daniel Shwartz - Briskin – Great voice, you have a lovely tone. But be careful with your diction; click here for more information on diction for singers, as it’s not always clear. Also watch your breathing, with better control you will be able to project more. You have a lot of potential; a good vocal coach will be able to assist you to be even better. 

Gaurav Tamang – Very strong song performance. Song was nice and easy on the ear. Please ensure you keep writing songs every week as you have great potential.  Therefore you will need to write hundreds to be able to select down to three or four as potential singles. The more you perform the more your stage presence will develop. Click here for singing with facial expressions.

Courtney Holland – Strong musical voice. A very nice tone to your vocal, look to develop your projection to be even better and to add more to your performance going forward. Click here for more information on performing on stage for singers and singing with facial expressions to ensure you are conveying the emotion in the song.

Jeremy Nash – A very controlled performance, a good voice and song. Dynamics are key to performing with the guitar, click here for more on guitar playing tips. In particular building up to the chorus and really projecting out that chorus and hook.  

Quba – Good tone and a flexible voice but you need control and coaching. A very creative and different performance, but you more need more confidence. There is lots of potential, however song choice is everything. When performing the song you need to work on the dynamics and hang onto each note extracting every ounce of vocal you can from each note. Click here for more on the importance of song choice.  

Morgan Wod – A good strong alto voice, a lot of strength and presence. You have a great tone. Good commitment to the song, but aim to try and express the emotion in the song a little more. Give your audience more eye contact. Click here for more on audience engagement.

Donatas Caliendo – Brilliant composition, good lyrics and a nice flow. Nice breakdown with the beat boxing, but it needs further work. Your projection to start with was too quiet which did not help give that all important first impression, you need more volume. Guitar playing was tidy, and you worked the dynamics well in general, click here for more on guitar playing tips.

Loiza Minghella – Fantastic voice, very powerful. Nice tone to your vocal and a great use of vocal dynamics to change up the performance, it made a real impression. Just take care to not push the vocal too hard and maintain control. You have some real power and using that sparingly as you did is spot on. A great rendition, would love to hear if you do any originals going forward.  Click here for tips on how to write songs.

Feedback from the Camden Music Auditions

Ril – Good backing nice retro vibe, you need to make sure you perform to an instrumental backing. So need to remove the vocals from the track. Performed well, be aware as an urban act you probably need more visually on stage than just you performing.  Really liked that you were wearing your own merchandise, click here for tips on working on your brand.

Amber White – Great look and a nice soulful tone to your voice. A little bit more confidence needed. That first impression is very important so belting out the first notes sets the tone. You need a little more strength and accuracy, click here for more on breathing exercises for singers.  A good vocal coach will be able to assist you to be even better.  

Phil Crocker – Lovely playing and you made a good first impression. A good song complemented by a lovely pleasant vocal tone. You need to try and be more animated and give us more expression. Click here for more on performing with music keyboards and here for advice on singing with facial expressions

Christina Da Silva – A great look, but a slow start, you need to strengthen your voice with coaching and training, click here for advice on vocal exercises for singers. A vocal coach will be able to assist you with developing power, tone and range to be even better. Also click here for more on the importance of song choice.  

Onur Uz – Strong tone and the tuning overall was good. Feels disjointed at times though so need to smooth through your vocal break. Take care not to push the vocal too hard and lose your control. Ensure you warm up and protect your vocal, click here for more on how to achieve better vocal protection. Also click here for more on the importance of song choice.  

Lizzie Gibson – Very confident, a strong voice and tone but you need vocal coaching for pitch perfecting. A good performance but remember who you audience are and ensure you engage with them including eye contact, you were looking right over us throughout. It also helps us to connect to you as a performer, click here for more on audience engagement.

Chantal Hanekom – A very strong song and voice and a great look. Great song writing, it was very captivating. You need to work on developing your higher register though.  Also you must use your eyes to connect us to the emotion in the song, click here for more information on singing with facial expressions. Try conveying that emotion more through your eyes and facial expression. 

Glyn Evans – Very exciting performance and a great song choice! A very interesting performance, try explore your higher register more. Liked that you made the song your own, but after an initial strong first impression you did let the song drift, click here for more on guitar playing tips, which will really help assist to drive home the song and keep the interest going throughout. Click here for more on performing a creative cover

Natasha Wright – A good original song, a very nice beat to the song and you have a great unique tone to your strong vocal. Try and work the dynamics more in your vocal, click here for more on bringing more singing dynamics into your performance. 

Shubha Setty – A lovely jazz voice with a nice tone. Great song choice but either quicken up the tempo of the song or look to bring more dynamics to each phrase and note. Click here for more information on singing dynamics. Look to commit more to the performance; we need to see more emotionally.  

Camden Music Auditions Feedback

Sarah Gillespie - A great voice and original song, very captivating. Click here for more on guitar playing tips, which will really help assist to drive home the song and keep the interest going throughout. Also take care to maintain control and not push the vocal too hard at the cost of losing the tuning. A good vocal coach will be able to assist you with your breathing and projection and make it even better. 

Adasu – Great energy and performance. Loved the fact you performed and moved around click here for more stage performance tips for singers. Need to develop flow and control; embrace the light side of the song and emotion as well as the aggression, otherwise it’s all on one level. 

Monique Klongtruadroke – A stunning voice with a great range. You had beautiful control of your vocal, the high notes were brilliant. However it sometimes was difficult to connect emotionally to the song when you don’t know the lyrics but loved the change up and vibe. Click here for more advice on audience engagement.

Viktorija Afonskaja – It’s important to make that first impression and your projection needs to develop. You need to work with a coach to build your power. Click here for more information on breathing exercises for singers, a good vocal coach will help you develop your breathing and projection and make it even better. 

Stiege – A good flow and great lyrics, very impressive. A very repetitive start though that continued for too long, click here of advice on writing that killer song chorus. Performance wise you are not using your eyes and engaging with your audience enough. Click here for more on singing with facial expressions which will assist you to convey the emotion in the song even more. 

Makai Legister – Look to develop your projection vocally as you are very quiet. A good vocal coach will be able to assist in range and projection to be even better. Click here for advice on how to achieve better vocal projection

Purple – A very interesting costume, it would look amazing in a music video! However it is important the image represents you as an artist rather than a punk smurf, click here for information on finding an image as a musician. Vocally wise you are very breathy, click here for more information on breathing exercises for singers. You need to develop your vocals and learn how to control and project them to be even better. You need to build more power and range to your voice. A vocal coach will help you with this. 

Mario – A really nice voice but you need to project more. You need to develop more passion in your voice in relation to the song, click here for more information on singing dynamics.  A good flow to the song, but you must remember to look up and engage with the audience, it makes us hard to connect with you if you are always looking down. The song has real potential and you are a good story teller just work on bringing the emotion out more by performing and committing to it. Click here for more information on singing with facial expressions

Pinchas Toshner – A lot of potential but look to commit more to your performance; you are singing well but not performing the song, click here for advice on stage performance tips for singers. Also consider adding more dynamics to your vocal performance to keep the interest going throughout, click here for advice on adding singing dynamics to your performance.

Diana Aidar – A really nice voice and good confidence in your performance. Performance wise, try and use your range more and work on the dynamics to keep the interest going throughout, click here for more on singing dynamics. A good vocal coach will be able to develop more colour and projection into your vocal to make you even better. 

Lara Nole – A good tone but you need to add dynamics to your performance, click here on for assistance on performing a creative cover. Vocally, look to work with a good vocal coach to build your control, tuning and projection. Click here on advice on how to increase your vocal range.

CAMDEN MUSIC AUDITIONS

All singers and songwriters successful from the Camden music auditions progressed onto the next stage of the competition, the Camden Regional Finals which will be held at Dingwalls in Camden, London on Sunday 4th October, Sunday 25th October and Sunday 1st November. 

If you’re a singer or songwriter looking to gain more performance experience and win industry prizes then why not enter singing contest Open Mic UK.

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