Recording your performances has many benefits. When you are first trying to break into the industry, it’s vital that you practice and perfect your performances so you are confident and ready for the stage. Having a back catalogue will help you achieve this.
Your backlog will benefit you in more ways than one. It’s important to have a copy of your recorded performances to help you improve and develop as an artist as well as an extra way to make money by providing additional versions of your music for your fans.
When you’re starting out in the music industry, it’s good practice to record your performances. Not only is this a great way to practice and improve your vocals, it’s also a good way to practice your performance technique.
Why should I record my performances?
It sounds obvious, but having a recording of all your performances throughout your career and having a back catalogue of them will be of a huge benefit. Firstly, it enables you to listen back to your performances over the years. It will give you the chance to listen again and find out where you need to improve.
It could also give you inspiration for different versions of your songs. Perhaps you could consider an acoustic version of the song?
Maybe on another occasion, you might be performing with someone else? Another singer who has a big fan base that could help get you some extra PR and increase your own fan base.
But when you are first starting your career, it’s essential you record all performances so you can perfect them ready for the stage.
Self-recording a music performance at home
Recording yourself at home is a great way to perfect your performance without the added pressure of an audience.
Watch your recording back. How were you standing? What facial expressions are you pulling? What emotions are you showing? Spend some time watching it back to analyse your performance. It’s important that you show your passion for the song so if it’s not right, just record it again.
The key is to make sure that you have perfected your performance by the time it comes to stepping up and getting on that stage. It’s good to have the confidence to do that and to know you couldn’t have done anything more by the time you get to that point.
Practice makes perfect. Practice your performance so you are ready to go. This will give you the chance to test out your abilities and check that you are happy with everything and, if necessary, make some changes.
It’s also a good idea to practice your performance in front of a mirror as this enables you to analyse your on stage performance.
Show the videos to your friends and family and ask for their feedback. Whatever they say, they will be supportive of your ambitions to becoming a singer and will want to help you get to that stage, so take their advice on board.
Benefits of recording performances
How can these videos benefit me going forward?
Another thing that you can think about is how you can use these videos to help you in your career.
Social media teasers
Recording your performances will give you the chance to share your music with the world. Live music can never be underestimated so make sure those audio and visual performances are safely stored away.
It’s a great way to make use of your social media by sharing clips of your performances from various festivals or tours and you can then entice more traffic to your website and different social media outlets.
Also, it can be exciting for your fans to see how your career has grown over the years, and where you started from. These first videos that you recorded when you were trying to break into the music industry will be a great tool as you develop as an artist.
Lots of artists make their big break in the industry through a platform such as YouTube. Just look at Justin Bieber or Sean Mendes. If you haven’t already, get yourself a channel and spend some time working to build up those subscribers.
They are a great way for you to share your music with a wider audience, not just those more local to you.
Have a look at people’s comments – perhaps some people might have left a bit of advice about how you could improve or what they think you could perhaps change for next time.
Why is it a good idea to have a back catalogue of your performances?
The biggest benefit to having a back catalogue of all your performances is that it enables you to truly develop as an artist. You can analyse you performances, observe them and develop them in order to help you to improve as you go on in your career.
Also, it can be very rewarding for you as an artist if you go on to have a successful career in the industry, to be able to look back on your past performances and see how far you have come. There could even be extra benefits in it for you.
You could be inspired in years to come by watching some of your earlier performances. It might bring about ideas for new music or even help you to develop music you have already written or recorded.
When you’re starting in the industry, it’s the small gigs such as local pub events that will help you to gain popularity in your local area. This is another great revenue stream and another reason it’s important to record your performances.
It’s a step forward from those videos you recorded in your bedroom or your lounge but it’s another opportunity to record your performances and watch or listen to them back. Do that, listen and analyse your vocals. There are even apps that make that can help you.
Have a think about what you could do to improve for next time. Did you hold that one note for too long? Were you putting enough passion into your performance?
Next, look at the audience. Make sure in your recording you have captured some of the audience so you can analyse their reactions. Were there some songs that were more popular than others? How engaged were they? It’s all a good way to make some preparations for your next performance and a great way to improve!
Open Mic nights
Of course, we know this is where lots of artists find the start of their career, like James Bay. Ultimately, it’s important that you come to an Open Mic night ready to take to the stage with the confidence that you need to perform. That’s why lots of practice and perfecting your performance is so vital, and recording yourself singing is the best way to achieve that.
Open Mic nights are such a fantastic platform to enter into the world of the music industry. It’s a great way to gain experience and get a taste of life as a music artist performing to a crowd. You need to be in a position where your performance is perfected and you are happy with it.
You know you are ready for an Open Mic night if you have perfected your vocal techniques, have fully rehearsed your music and have nailed down your stage performance.
Tips for performing on stage for the first time
If you’re just starting to perform live then you may be a bit nervous and a bit unsure about how to give a great performance. You’ve probably heard of stage fright and that anxiety you get when you first appear on stage. Butterflies in your tummy, sweaty hands, heart pounding.
It’s all normal and all a part of being a musician so it’s something you will get used to. It will probably never go away but as time goes on it will get easier and you will become more confident.
It happens to everyone and some level of anxiety is a good thing because it shows that you care about your performance and that you have that passion and drive to succeed. If you weren’t a little bit nervous it’s likely to show on stage and your performance would probably be forgettable for the audience.
One of the most important things to take into account when you are performing on stage is to have a good stage presence. Remember to interact with your audience and make eye contact with them. Show them your emotion and connect with them through your music.
Also, watch the way your idols perform on stage. What do they do that makes them stand out? What is their body language like? How do they interact with the audience and other band members?
And another important tip to remember is to work on your breathing. This is vital because it ensures that you have a controlled performance and it can help your nerves when performing on stage. Perhaps consider taking up a yoga or pilates class to inspire you and to encourage you to become calmer in a stressful situation.
Tips before singing on stage
Immediate preparation before you take to the stage is another vital element to a successful performance. The first vital bit of preparation when it comes to your voice is to drink plenty of water in the hours building up to your performance.
This ensures your vocal cords are at their best and you can give the best possible performance. Another good tip is to use a personal humidifier which has become popular with singers as it stops the vocal cords from drying out.
Next, watch your diet. The worst preparation for a performance is for you to go and eat a huge meal beforehand as the food you eat can go on to have an impact on your voice. Avoid things such as dairy, pasta and chocolate as they can make your voice dry.
Instead, consider eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables such as apples as well as things like soup as they will help to lubricate your vocal cords.
Finally, it’s important that you warm up before you go on stage to ensure that your voice is ready. Do some simple exercises to get your vocal cords ready and well prepared.
How to develop stage presence
As mentioned earlier, performing on stage can be a very daunting prospect, especially if you are new to it. But a good stage presence is very important.
It’s about how you make your audience feel which is just as important as how you sound. Firstly, look at what makes you unique. What makes you stand out as an artist? What is it about your performances that are going to make people want to see you perform again?
The next good tip is to make sure you use the whole stage. Don’t just stick to the centre where the microphone is – move about.
Finally, do some research. Have a look at other memorable performances on stage, whether that be from Queen, Michael Jackson or Beyonce. Be inspired by other performances and see what you can do to draw in the audience in a similar way. Look at how people are interacting with each other and with the audience and use that to your advantage.
All of these tips will go a long way to developing that stage presence that will encourage you to record all your performances for years to come.
Ready to record? By now you should have lots of tips about why recording your performances is so important. Do you have any tips? If so, share your suggestions or comments below.