We asked coaches who work with the stars to tell us what singers do to overcome nervousness on stage before and during a performance. You're hearing insights from acclaimed vocal coach Mark Baxter (Journey, Aerosmith and many more...) and Eric Maisel (leading creativity coach), - conveyed by Gregory A. Barker PhD, Commissioning Editor for VoiceCouncil Magazine and Kathy Alexander, Co-editor of The Ultimate Guide to Singing
Is it possible to overdo vocal effects? We asked TC-Helicon Product Specialist and Manager Tom Lang to reveal the ins and outs of using vocal effects without them using you - conveyed by Gregory A. Barker PhD, Commissioning Editor for VoiceCouncil Magazine and Kathy Alexander, Co-editor of The Ultimate Guide to Singing The Ultimate Guide to Singing: Gigs, Sound, Money & Health is the ONLY book to connect you directly with leading experts in EVERY area relevant to your singing life
Singer's Guide Lesson 1: Vocal Effects Fails / DOs & DON'Ts for Singers
Singer's Guide Lesson 2: Reduce Performance Anxiety and Stage Jitters
Singer's Guide Lesson 3: From a Good to Great Vocal Performance
Singer's Guide Lesson 4: Get Bigger Singing Gigs
Singer's Guide Lesson 5: Sing to a Larger Audience - Artist Story
Singer's Guide Lesson 6: Singing When Sick - Practical Tips
Singer's Guide Lesson 7: Make More Money at Your Gigs
Singer's Guide Lesson 8: Looping & Singing Rehearsal - An Introduction
Meet Chris. Chris is a kick-ass bass player who hustles on the daily as a sideman for breaking Canadian Artist, Ria Mae, as well as his own band The Faceplants. Watch as Elli catches up with him and gets the nitty-gritty on how to make it as a professional sideman.You can find More about Chris at his website below.
👩🏻🎤We caught up with Alexis from emerging Canadian indie band, Blonde Diamond, in East Van last month and we had some great discussion about developing your personal style and brand. 👩🏻🎤 ⚡️🎤Check out this fabulous woman and what she had to say in this three-part interview series, and find links to her music at the bottom of this post! ⚡️🎤
Blonde Diamond (Formerly Youngblood):
The creative outlet of Vancouver’s Alexis Young, the music of Blonde Diamond is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”, and that’s as apt a description as any of songs that fuse timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the here and now. Both of Blonde Diamond's EPs, Feel Alright (As Youngblood) and Fantasy Love, feature sweet pop confections with hearts of darkness. In concert, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic, and Blonde Diamond becomes a killer five-piece band, with the fiery frontwoman a crackling live wire bewitching the audience. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always pure Blonde Diamond.
LISTEN HERE: https://spoti.fi/2Fze7tf
I M U R is here to teach the basics of home recording! They call their home setup The Floating Castle Studio, and with these tips and tricks, you can be prepared to set up your own dream-come-true recording space! In this course you'll learn:
Part 1 || Introduction
Part 2 || First Steps
Part 3 || Challenges
Part 4 || Automated Mastering
Part 5 || Recording Advice
About I M U R:
Vancouver's I M U R has become synonymous with bass-heavy beats and sultry RnB vocals, and “is one of the raddest acts you’ll find out of Vancouver” (Earmilk). The electronic RnB trio's eclectic mix of instrumental melodies and "slick hip-hop production" (Georgia Straight) transcends genre and "induces true goosebumps" (All Things Go). Recently, I M U R performed on the Bumbershoot Festival main stage, playing alongside acts like Flume, Solange and Odesza, and was nominated for Electronic/Dance Artist of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. WEBSITE: https://www.imurmusic.com/
We had a somewhat outrageous and most certainly hilarious hangout with Canadian indie rock band, The Elwins in the TC HELICON Tent backstage at Rock the Shores. In this interview-based course, they have advice for gigging musicians on the creation process, performing, touring, and promoting! Checxk out the lessons below on the following four topics:
- The Social Media Plan
- How to Stay Friends on Tour
- Using Effects During the Creation Process
- Swapping Live Gear Setups on Stage
More about The Elwins:
If 2012’s 'And I Thank You' got The Elwins’ metaphorical foot in the door, then their latest long-player, 2015’s Play For Keeps, is the boys blasting it wide open. And then having a party.
Even before dropping And I Thank You, their full-length debut, The Elwins – vocalist/guitarist Matthew Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist Frankie Figliomeni – were one of Toronto’s much-hyped hopefuls to fly the upbeat indie pop flag forward.
Since its release, they’ve done the rounds at the major festivals, performed alongside some of the world’s biggest bands like The National and St. Vincent, and been trumpeted by media and industry tastemakers as a (sometimes the) band to keep an eye on. To those that listened, Play For Keeps is what you were watching for.
The 12-song collection builds atop the foundation of fun pop music they established with its predecessor. “We tried to take everything up to the next level, sonically speaking,” says Feurd. “We wanted to be really open and try a bunch of things we hadn’t done before.”
Taking the best bits of pop and rock music from the past five decades (despite the guys having only been alive for a little over two), The Elwins have delivered a dose of dancy bliss that appeals to virtually anyone. “We definitely like making songs that make people want to move,” Sweeney says – and move they will.
Cuts like “You Have Me” and opener “Bubble” are brilliantly endearing blasts of ‘60s-inspired pop not far removed from the band’s earlier efforts. But meanwhile, lead single “So Down Low” laces some ‘70s garage swagger and extra grit into their signature sound. “Bringing Out The Shoulders” borrows from the best of ‘80s synth pop, and “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over” could be a Katy Perry cover. It’s not, but it could be.
It’s a broad range of influence, but effortlessly blended and easily identifiable as The Elwins. The guys credit producer Derek Hoffmann with putting a welcome modern pop sheen on the record. Meanwhile, mixing came courtesy of the dynamic duo that is Gus van Go and Werner F (Hollerado, Said The Whale).
“In a way, we didn’t want to feel like we had to tie anything to the last record,” Sweeney says of their progression. “We wanted to do whatever we were feeling good about.”
One could say “feeling good” is at the very core of what The Elwins are all about, and nowhere is that more apparent than a live show, where the electric exchange of energy blurs the line between band and audience – sometimes sweaty, usually lively, always fun. With a packed 2015 touring schedule set to take them across the continent and over to Asia and Europe, where they’ve had major success on three separate tours supporting And I Thank You, fans will have plenty of opportunity to join the party.
But while the music and performances never take themselves too seriously, the same can’t be said for the band itself. “We’re very passionate about this, and we have lofty goals for this album” Sweeney says. “For us, this is our job. We’re about pushing ourselves as hard as we can to reach our goals.”
As of now, that goal is to have Play For Keeps reach as many ears as possible; fortunately, the music is so magnetic, so immediately inviting, that it won’t be much of a challenge. The work gets done by day, but come quitting time, The Elwins send out an open invitation to let loose and have fun.
Take them up on it.
We caught up with Fox Glove backstage at Rock The Shores to discuss the best way to achieve great sounding vocal harmonies, and how to train your ear when singing with others. Check out the lessons below to learn their tips and tricks to a great group vocal performance!
Here's some more about Fox Glove:
Ethereal harmonies floating amidst cinematic soundscapes, Fox Glove falls somewhere in the realm of inky alt folk with hints of dream rock. Hailing from Victoria, BC, this collective are known for their diverse voices and range in sound, and offer everything from sensuous melancholic ballads to spellbindingly strident anthems. A crowd-favourite in the BC music scene, Fox Glove recently headlined the famed Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria, selling out the 800 seat theatre. With performances at the Juno Host Committee’s “Let’s Hear it Live” Festival in March, an Ontario and Quebec tour in May, and a much anticipated full length album set for release, 2018 is guaranteed to be a catalyst year for this charming group. Often drawing comparisons to Joseph and The Staves, Fox Glove delivers passion, potency, and an immersive live performance that will leave you forever changed.
LISTEN HERE: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6sMSSidPo0LKg5xvnKLdx5
Have you ever thought about working at a radio station!? Elli chats with Pol Plastino and Jenny West - two very popular and loved radio DJ's from The Zone 91.3FM, to find out about the different career opportunities there are and how important sound engineers are in Radio. Check out their hilarious podcast at https://apple.co/2wJoaWI
Have you ever wondered how to get your music played on the radio!? Elli catches up with Pol Plastino and Jenny West - two very popular and loved radio DJ's from The Zone 91.3FM, to find out what the best approach is for getting your music into the hands of the right people. Check out their hilarious podcast at https://apple.co/2wJoaWI