OVER the past couple of months, I’ve observed that many local artists have resorted to mediocre and plain boring performances. First of all, the idea of any stage performance is to leave a memorable impression on the audience, regardless of the amount of people there are at the event. The recently concluded MTC 081Every1 Fest is an example of how many local performers lacked stage presence. Some of them have amazing music, but lacked the “wow” or “it factor”. Stage presence is about how strongly you can captivate an audience and tell your story. A performer should be comfortable on stage and command attention at all times. Stage presence is important because even if an artist has beautiful techniques, if it is performed at low energy or with the wrong facial expression, it diminishes the perceived skill level of everything that an artist portrays. Indeed, many musicians spend a considerable amount of time working on the opening few lines to make sure that the first 15 to 20 seconds set the tone for the rest of the performance. But, repeating phrases like “Are you there?” or constantly stopping a performance to talk to the crowd makes it hard for the audience to be fully captivated. Having a good stage presence is crucial to creating an engaging and lasting performance. While talent and practice is essential for any creative performance, nervous body language or unbelievable vocal patterns can kill the energy on stage. Whatever the discipline of the art, from music, acting to dancing, good stage presence gives the crowd the impression that you are in control and having fun. Most importantly, developing confidence in both your art and your ability to be a good performer will keep the crowd excited and energised throughout the show. It will leave them wanting more. I would not blame some of the performers who did not perform well at the 081Every1 Fest, because some of them were probably overwhelmed by the sheer size of the crowd. Some performers also did not look the part at all. When an audience comes to a show, they are not just looking to hear your songs; they are looking for a full sensory experience. Coordinating your outfits with your band members so that you have a uniformed look makes you stand out from other bands. PDK and One Blood deserve credit for really giving electrifying performances that were full of energy and precision. Even if you have perfected your music and dancing; go the extra mile and put together all the energy you have into the performance. If you have any dramatic tricks, give them a shot, and include the rest of your band in your dramatics. All in all, Namibians really have to beef up their performances if they want to capture the international audience.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015