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What to do on stage

Postby Skouf » Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:51 am UTC

I'm part of a 11 piece soul band, and we had our first decent gig last night. We played a 30 minute set, and the crowd was absolutely loving it, getting up and dancing and chanting along with us. But as the lead singer I felt I was kind of lacking. I think the energy was there in my singing, but I didn't really know what to do with myself while I wasn't singing. I just sort of stood there and clicked or clapped along. So I was wondering if anyone can give me tips as to what to do during instrumental breaks or during other people's solos.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby stapleface » Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:25 am UTC

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Midnight » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:47 pm UTC

dance. dance a lot. take the mic off the stand and dance. with it. or cheer.

if someone's soloing, walk up to them and dance with them. or high-five the audience.


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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Dingbats » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:13 am UTC

You could always have a tambourine or something to make it look like you're doing something when you're not singing.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby poxic » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:59 am UTC

NO TAMBOURINE! Unless the band is making a stupid amount of noise, a tambourine just crashes clear through the high register and messes everyone else up. (Unless the wielder knows how to work with it, that is.)

Egg shakers are good. Use the softer-sounding ones if you aren't sure that you can keep the beat perfectly. They'll wear you out fairly quickly until you're used to them, but there's no better way to get used to them than using them. :D Or if you're at all percussiony, grab a small pair of quietish bongos and sit on a stool, tapping away with your fingers. Or dance. Dancing is good.
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby SirMustapha » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:04 am UTC

I may be just being cheesy, but maybe the better idea for you is to just do what makes you feel better, and eventually try to find your own particular style of doing things. I assume it's better if you just stand there, following the music, than if you try to do something fun and end up looking awkward and detracting. I know, I know, it's the old "be yourself" talk, but I think that's just how the now extremely famous people became extremely famous.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby ChocloManx » Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:09 pm UTC

Or you could do the Peter Gabriel thing and leave the stage.
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby steewi » Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:26 am UTC

You need to do something that takes the focus off you and puts it onto whoever has the current solo, unless you're meant to be the front-man of the band. So my suggestion is the stool off to the side a little with a bottle of water. Watch the soloist for a few bars so that people look at them and not you. Then you can relax for a moment.

If it's only a short solo, something as little as a confident step-touch will be enough. You don't want to overdo it unless you have a kind of Freddie Mercury charisma and stage presence. Without it, you can easily look like a stage-whore trying to upstage everyone else.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Julien » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:49 am UTC

A soul band ? Sounds cool. You should look at videos of James Brown. He was incredible. You should also watch "the Blues Brothers" and "The Commitments", it can give you a lot of ideas.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Gojoe » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:57 am UTC

I fully agree with watching the blues brothers! Any excuse is a good excuse to watch that movie!
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Oflick » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:59 am UTC

You could do a Butthole Surfers and fire blanks into the audience.

That probably won't work with a soul band.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Julien » Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:13 pm UTC

Gojoe wrote:I fully agree with watching the blues brothers! Any excuse is a good excuse to watch that movie!


Ehehe this movie is indeed an hymn to soul music :) The same for "The Commitments".

Amongst some good ideas that peaks into my mind : try to hire someone to introduce you, you know, someone in a black tuxedo doing an enthusiastic speech ending with "and now, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to an evening with..." I did it for some groups and it was really cool.
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby ryanismean » Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:27 pm UTC

Two words: Rob Tyner! Although, one could argue he was just ripping off James Brown.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Julien » Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:40 pm UTC

Depending wether you're a girl or a boy, you can also do a lot of different tricks during solos. You can sit yourself on the piano for example. You can also ask for the complicity of guitarist or brass players by shaking your bodies together on line.

I knew a singer who had a very bad sight. On stage, she didn't wear glasses nor contact lenses. She was half blind and that helped her being only in the mood of the music. If you also have eyes problems, give it a try !
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Cactus78 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:01 am UTC

Go to a room by yourself and put on some similar music to your own that you know the lyrics to and shake yourself confident. Worked for me.

Note: Ask your band how you're looking, you might look like a nob.

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby plsander » Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:10 pm UTC

ChocloManx wrote:Or you could do the Peter Gabriel thing and leave the stage.


Or pull a Jim Morrison and leave the stage and chat up chicks...

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Re: What to do on stage

Postby garren101 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:57 pm UTC

For an example of dancing, and being crazy on stage in general, you should watch some footage of Cedric Bixler-Zavala from The Mars Volta. Rubber legs, and freaky moves make for an interesting vocalist.
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby rubber314chicken » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:26 pm UTC

plsander wrote:
ChocloManx wrote:Or you could do the Peter Gabriel thing and leave the stage.


Or pull a Jim Morrison and leave the stage and chat up chicks...


or pull a james labrie and leave to go dig a hole.
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Re: What to do on stage

Postby Goatboy » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:54 pm UTC

I found watching David Byrne of the Talking Heads in Stop Making Sense to be very inspirational. He is how I could hope to be as a front man.
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