By Johannes Hangula
BEING the winner of Best Live performer at the NAMAS this year, singer Lize Ehlers continues exciting her fans with memorable performances. Confidente caught up with this number one performer to discuss more about live performance.
How do you make sure that you create magical moments during your performances?
To create the magic, I rehearse every single move. The magic comes from rehearsing. Rehearsal is always what makes one as an artist to create magic on stage.
To look at each song as a story and to tell it as best as possible is what creates magic. As an artist once you respect your craft people will tend to respect your craft as well, that’s how the magic is created.
How do you familiarise your backing vocalists to your methods?
It is not only about music, it requires showing up for rehearsals and shows at all the time.
To have backing vocalists it needs to be a natural understanding. We have a mutual understanding of music. We do communicate and practice together and we always agree to what vibe will work for our songs.
What are some of the elements that make for good set-ending songs? Is it energy, message or just your best song?
For me, I am a message music-maker; all my songs have a message or something to tell.
It also has to do with arrangements, which carries ultimately the lesson of lyrics.
All my songs either the ones about love, because I believe love changes everything, or my messages about showing up for your life, living life while you have life.
My first album in 2010, was a celebration of my husband, my family and country. And then in 2011 my second album African Leverage, which was a love letter to all African women, and now my latest album launched in 2014 Change which was my anthem CD of just show up … everything happens for a reason. All my songs have the great message of love.
How do you deal with the audience wanting more? And how does that makes you feel?
I always prepare on course because the audience is part of the show, but my music is a business and at the same time you can’t keep the door open at all times. I make people understand my time in a friendly manner. It makes me feel proud because one realises that you are making people feel happy; if it was possible you would actually want to give them more but tomorrow is always another day and you have to prepare for that.
Because I am of t h e b e l i e f that one needs to rest but not to quit.
How do you use your personality to engage your audience?
People always like singers who move on stage. I have been moving more than I have moved in the past, but my brand is elegant and earthy, as I always k e e p m y f e e t o n the ground.
It is important to look good and to be kind. People know I am a very approachable person.
My brand is all about putting Namibia on the map with world class ideas through music and my community development projects like Song Night.
What does it take for one to be a great performer?
It takes a lot of hard work, vision and an ultimate image for your performance and definitely respect for your audience.
Reading and respecting my audience has made me a great performer.
What is the formula behind your success?
My success comes from the support of family and my fans. It comes from waking up early and preparing for every task or performance and also living my passion.
What impact do you think your performances have on people?
The most profound experience I had with an audience member, was actually when I was teaching German songs to an adolescent audience. Among the audience there was a girl that I identified who was afraid of possibilities and I decided to sing my song Show Up and gave her a pep talk; and at the end of the day the same girl won the entire competition and flew to Germany.
The girl came from the stage to thank me she said, “Lize you changed my life”. I think the song gave her courage and my pep talk gave her strength.
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