LIVE APPEARANCE AND PERFORMANCE STRATEGIES FOR MUSIC ARTISTS
This workshop is about performing, professional appearances as an artist:
Live Stage Performances, Singles, EP Releases, Videos(VIEWSIC), Social Media Posts
Art is about making people feel something.
You enrolled in this program to learn and grow, some are more advanced than others. But, very often we look outward to find answers, and I believe it is a bit of both examining your work thus far and having access on how to get better. As a contemporary artist you will always be growing and changing with the times both within the music industry itself and within your own development in life. Balancing both is key. I want you to try and define what is your Artist and Musical Signature. Who are the artist you love and why? Because as we brand for marketing, we also must understand what our artistry is when writing, singing, creating and performing. And just like an art exhibit in a museum, each of your EPs is like a series of paintings or sculptures or installation pieces you feel strongly enough about to share with the world. So, let’s begin with a getting a pen and a paper and answering the following questions.
SELF-ASSESSMENT What do you feel good about and what you believe needs to be improved upon?
Your Strengths and Weaknesses.
Do you know what sets you apart from everyone else? Music, artist look, message?
What do you think is unique about you and your musical presence? Is the color/tone of your voice, the style of song, your stage persona?
How do you want your audience to feel after seeing your show and hearing your music? What do you want them to take away?
How many shows have you done?
How much stage time do you have?
And how comfortable are you on stage? A Bit of Stage Fright, Depends on the night. I am a seasoned performer.
Where are you in your journey as an artist?
If asked how would you describe yourself as an artist? Making Your Mark in Music Anika Paris © 2021
We perform every day in life, first impressions are important, knowing yourself is a huge part of your artistry so let’s start with the following.
Bringing your best on stage.
How can we take our best personality traits with us into our musical performances? Where do we fit in?
Can we carve our own path from multiple influences?
CASTING YOURSELF: THE ARTIST
Examining ways that you can cast yourself and your style of performance
1. SINGER-SONGWRITER – THE FRIEND
Very often an artist with their instrument, telling stories and talking to the audience.
Example: *Ed Sheeran, *Finneas
2. POP ICON – THE PARTIER Big Persona with shows that has dancers and big sets excitement.
Example: *Lady Gaga, *Bruno Mars, Harry Style, Dua Lipa
ALTER EGO Iconic performers disguised and playing a character on stage Sia, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson
3. CULTURAL MUSICIAN – THE EXAMINER
Music that is associated with a life stye or tradition and performed within each given genre.
Da Baby– Hip Hop
Esperanza Spalding– Jazz
*Chris Stapleton – Country
Kirk Franklin – Gospel
Reggae, Folk, Blues or any country, ethnic or regional music
4. BAND MEMBER – THE COLLABORATOR
A unifying presence on stage known by their collective work as opposed to their individual contributions. They can remain staples in their look and sound or evolve together as a whole. Example: *Foo Fighters same look and sound as opposed to The Beatles who went through a complete metamorphosis in both their artist look and musical evolution.
5. MUSICALLY GIFTED – THE MAGICIAN
A vocal acrobat or brilliant instrumentalist that transcends most and needs nothing more than their performance on stage because of their excellence.
Example: *Yebba as a vocalist or Carlos Santana, as a guitarist.
CARVING YOUR OWN PATH
You can be a combination of more than one of these categories examined and
be very creative with it!
Which Artists Influenced You?
What did you incorporate of theirs into your music = style and performance? What emotion do they bring out in you?
What visual impression do they leave?
TOP 50 ARTISTS OF 2021-2022
Lil Nas X
The Kid LAROI
Bruno Mars/Anderson.Paak (Silk Sonic) (tie)
Megan Thee Stallion
24kGoldn/iann dior (tie)
24. J. Cole
25. Daniel Caesar
26. Polo G
27. Jack Harlow 28.Kanye West
29. Chris Brown
30. Taylor Swift
31. Luke Combs
32. Walker Hayes
33. Bad Bunny 34.Masked Wolf 35.Pooh Shiesty
36. 21 Savage 37.6LACK
39. Lil Tjay
40. Gabby Barrett
41. Glass Animals
42. Jhay Cortez
44. Chance the Rapper 45. Gunna
47. Morgan Wallen 48. Travis Scott
49. Charlie Puth
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