Stage Performance Is Vital In A Musician’s Craft: It Should Be Taken Seriously

I enjoy going to events. You get to see people put up facades while still failing woefully to hide their true selves.There’s usually a lot of drinking (alcohol) and smoking (marijuana, definitely). And fake smiles. Gossiping about people and still managing to smile cheerily. It’s how the entertainment industry functions.

Ah. Let’s stay focused here. There’s something I’ve observed that a lot of artists don’t usually put effort into and that’s stage performance. This is especially common with upcoming artists. Sometimes, it could be that the artist is battling with confidence or stage fright. It could also be that the artist just doesn’t see any point in putting up a special performance, depending wholly on the sweetness of the song or the sonority of his or her voice.

While it might seem like it isn’t a big deal, fans actually care about the way their favorite artists perform. That’s the kind of memorable thing they want to keep in their heads. A good performance is what seals the love that fans have for artists and what makes them crave their music more. Fans want to feel (the real) you as you’re performing. They want to experience what it’s like seeing their favorite act in his or her maximum glory in that electrifying moment.

Not only fans want to watch you perform, there are random music lovers whose attention you can capture if your stage performance is enchanting. Sponsors and investors who are looking for interesting talents to invest in. Also, media personalities and prominent folks in the music industry love to see an artist put on a good show. Since they’re looking for quality content to excite their respective audience, why not make their mission easier and a lot more fun?

When on the stage, it would benefit an artist to know that it’s no longer about him or her alone. There’s an audience and it is your duty to carry that audience along. You don’t want to be so uptight that your performance becomes a snoozefest. That would only repel whoever is watching you. The idea is to get so comfortable and natural in your skin while observing the audience and studying what moves them. Then giving it to them. In large doses.

As an artist, it is likely that you’re an introvert and prefer to keep to that nature while on stage. I urge you to step out of your comfort zone and ease yourself into your job as an artist. After all, being an artist is a profession and it’s one that you willingly chose. So, why not do your job, and, do it well? You decided to follow this path of your own volition, knowing fully well that you’ll get to be in the spotlight a lot. You better be fucking ready.

Burna Boy at Apollo Theatre
Davido on stage

Artists who are natural entertainers like D’Banj, Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Davido, always ensure to keep the audience on their toes when performing. It’s one of the most certified ways to win their hearts and make them think about your music long after. Your song might even be average and your performance would give it a Midas touch.

Wande Coal

There are countless tips on the internet on how to become a better performer while on stage. You don’t have to be the same person when you’re in your privacy or behind closed doors. So, strive to become a great performer and you’d be surprised how much impact it’d have on the audience. As a professional, you must continue to learn how to deliver an unforgettable performance.

untethered. let the wings of freedom take me to an unknown destination faraway from here.

untethered. let the wings of freedom take me to an unknown destination faraway from here.