This is a great interview from the CD Baby DIY Musician Podcast. Tom Jackson is a leading live music producer. He’s the person you go to to help you craft a good live performance. He likens his 4 Pillars of a successful performance to what you would need to build a house. Press the play button below to listen to the interview. I took some notes while I was listening. Feel free to comment. I’d love to know your thoughts on these pillars.
Don’t wing it! Create moments in a show based on the songs. Don’t just sing songs. A great show is a culmination of a plan and spontaneity. Not either or.
Things you go through mentally, physically, psychologically and spiritually before you go on stage.
Visual and technical things that happen on stage during a show.
Show your personality and style. People come to see people, not just to hear music.
Here’s an example of what Tom means when he says to create space to show your personality. He shows an artist how during an intro he can control the song rather than allow the song to control him.
We hope this information has been helpful to you. The many things you can do with your stage performance really ignites the imagination! Let us know what you think in a comment.
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