Stage presence is extremely important for both beginner and professional musicians. How you make your audience feel when you are performing is just as important as how your live music sounds. The most successful performers remember that their audience has eyes and ears and are able to appeal to all the senses when performing. Whether you are just starting out as a musician or want to take your career in live music to the next level, keep these tips for improving your stage presence in mind.
Find Out What Makes You Unique
The most successful musicians know that when playing shows and branding themselves as a performer, their normal, everyday persona and their performer persona does not have to be the same. After all, as humans we are all complicated individuals with lots of beliefs, opinions, desires, quirks, and fears. All this combined makes you who you are, so it could be difficult to pick out just one. However, on stage, you can do this. When you are performing, you have the opportunity to exaggerate your uniqueness or focus on the things that you like about yourself most and portray these to your audience.
Take Up More Space
When you have a stage, don’t spend the entire show standing in front of the microphone. Your audience isn’t just there to listen to your music; they also want to see you move, interact, and entertain them. The best musicians know this, and they will make the entire stage their playground. They do this by interacting with their bandmates, walking around the stage, or dancing while playing, and moving to the different sides of the stage to play to the audience there rather than simply standing in the middle.
Avoid Silence During the Show
Silence during a show is one sure sign of an amateur act. Whether you’re up on stage tuning your instruments, or getting everything set up, the audience is just sitting, there, waiting for something to happen. But while you might be blessed with a patient audience, every moment that passes means that the atmosphere is losing energy. This is especially bad at the beginning of a show when the audience have been getting hyped up for something to happen, only for things to fall flat. And the energy is crucial to a memorable show, so there should always be something for the audience to focus on. For example, you should always begin moving into the next show before the applause dies down from the last one. It can also be worth coming up with a few musical interludes that can be used to connect some of your songs together.
Involve the Crowd
Your audience will be more invested in your show when they feel more drawn in. And the more invested they are, the more likely they are going to buy your merch or book tickets to your next show. Engage with your audience as much as possible and involve them. You can do this by talking to them about anything that relates to the show. Ask your audience which songs they want to hear next, or if they want to hear a song played again, for example. Keep eye contact with the crowd as much as possible and consider planning some talking points beforehand so that you know what you’re going to do before you get on stage and avoid risking your mind going blank. Or try the tried and tested technique of asking the audience to sing along with you.
Practice Like You’re in Front of an Audience
If you’re new to playing your music live, the first time that you do it is always going to be a daunting experience. The best way to make sure that you are prepared for this big step in your musical career is to practice playing your music like you are in front of an audience. You can do this in a Houston recording studio from PIRATE. PIRATE offer Houston recording studio options and other studios in a range of locations around the world that are fully kitted out with all the recording equipment you need for an outstanding practice session. Listen back to your recording after you have finished and be honest with yourself when it comes to any areas that you can improve on, considering that you’re going to be in front of an audience. Also, ask your family and friends to listen and give you honest feedback – is this a gig they’d enjoy? Of course, they won’t get the entire experience from just listening, but it’s a good way to get some tips and ideas.
Know What Your Audience Wants
The main key to success when it comes to the music industry is to understand your audience. The more you understand and know about your audience, the easier it will be for you to make sure that your performance meets their needs. Consider the expectations of your audience, the emotion that your music generates, and what other musicians in your genre do. Getting answers to these questions will help you get a broader idea of what your stage presence should be like. Remember that when it comes to creating your stage presence, the most important thing is your audience and how you make them feel.
Practicing your performance is the best way to build your confidence, and confidence is the best way to make sure that you are putting on a great show. Take any chance that you can find to practice and improve on your stage presence, even if there is no audience in front of you. When you get used to practicing as if you are in front of an audience without their energy to help you along, the actual shows that you play will become much easier. Play small shows as much as you can to build your experience. When you can master keeping a small group of people entertained and invested in your performance, playing to a bigger crowd will actually be easier.
No matter what kind of music you play, it’s your stage presence that will get your audience invested in you and your music.