Making Your Song Cover Stand Out

How to make your song cover stand out when performing

Your Song Cover – Making it Stand Out: When performing your song cover you want to stand out and be remembered, a good way of doing that is to make the song your own. If you’re going to do a cover, it’s more effective you put a different spin on it.

Your Song Cover – Making it Stand Out

Although it may not be your own song, you still want your song cover to leave your audience feeling like they’ve just heard this song for the first time. Here are some tips on how to achieve that:

Don’t Change Everything

You should put as much effort into your song cover, as you would if it was an original song. When planning your song cover, all elements of the song need to be considered and refined until you’ve made the song unique to your performance.

Look at Other Song Covers

If you’re not sure how to adapt your song cover, then research other artists who have performed a successful cover. Look at how other artists have reworked covers they’ve done, such as Amy Winehouse’s version of The Zuton’s Valerie. Although they’re the same song, they are in completely different styles.

Your Song Cover – Making it Stand Out

Don’t Pick an Obvious Song Choice

Try to avoid covering a song that is regularly covered or popular at the time of your performance. The more people hear your song cover, the more lost it gets in their memory. Choosing the right song is difficult but it’s worth a lot of time and consideration to make sure your performance is enjoyed and remembered.

HOT TIP! Remember you want your song cover to stand out, put your personality into the song, don’t imitate another artist.

Be Creative

You need to bring something new to the table and make the song you own. Things you can change around include the tone of the song, the tempo it is played at or even the instrumentation. Performing a straight up cover won’t show any imagination on your behalf.

The more ways you can alter the original song to create something unique, the better.  A slowed down, reggae version of ‘trouble’ by Taylor Swift would be something truly unique that would get people interested for example.

Choose a Song you Care About

It’s important that your song cover it one that you have an emotional connection to, as it will be obvious if you don’t care too much about your song cover. Showing emotion throughout your singing adds more to the performance.


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