In part one of our interview with live performance producer Tom Jackson, we learn that most artists never learn to see themselves from the audience perspective. Once a record is done, the focus shifts to hitting the road. When that artist hits the stage, adrenaline is pumping, the band sounds tight, everyone is locked in, so it’s natural to think, “Everything is good.” That’s not always the case. Read More.
Learning how to banter on stage can help make a great live music performance, so get live performance advice from an expert. Read the post.
Your first song needs energy – but not too much, and not too little. That’s how we like to meet people, after all. Unfortunately, a lot of artists start a live performance with an overwhelming intro, then blaze through their first few songs without stopping or giving the audience a chance to respond. The result: the artist has no idea what the audience thinks of them. Not a good way to start a relationship. Read more.
As musicians, we are emotionally attached to our music. With that attachment, we often lose perspective. I’m not asking you to emotionally detach from your songs when you perform live, but I am asking you to look at it from the audience’s point of view. Why does your audience show up? What are they hoping to get out of the evening? Why do they go to a coffee house, a club, a church, a concert hall? To hear you play your songs? Not really. Read more.
For many musicians, physical problems come in the form of repetitive stress injuries resulting from improper technique, over-exertion, or just bad luck. If not dealt with correctly, RSIs can get worse and become debilitating. Read the post.
Whether you’re turned on by Phish jamming through the night, Miles Davis conjuring wistful melodies in space, or Stevie Ray Vaughn wailing something nasty, you just can’t argue with the fact that skillful improvisation is a powerful thing. Read more.
Taking your music on the road is a great way to reach new audiences, see the world, and hopefully have a grand adventure — but any touring veteran will tell you that it’s not as easy as it looks. From maintaining peace amongst band members and staying healthy, to dealing with substandard accommodations and endless hours in transit, spending time on the road can present unique and unforeseen challenges.
Sitting here listening to the notorious Black Album, in shock and in mourning at the passing of one of my all-time favorite musical artists. It’s been a tough year already, but Prince’s death is a hard one to deal with. From playing his songs in my high school band to marveling at his live acumen and unbelievable recorded output, he was an artist who defied classification. I thought this excerpt from 2011 would be a worthy feature to post in the days after his passing. Read more.