Make Sure The Audience Knows Who You Are
It's imperative that the judges and audience know your name—especially with an unusual one. For instance, Baydrof, an artist that performed at the showcase, spelled his name for the judges and briefly explained the definition of his name as "famous." His unique and creative name, if quickly muttered due to nerves could easily be forgotten but he made sure to spell and mention it before and after his performance. Enunciate!
Know Your Strengths
Independent artistry doesn't always mean that you have to take on each element of your song/album production. If you write well but don't deliver it properly maybe you should consider a career in songwriting. Contract out assistance when you need it and capitalize on your personal strengths. Don't be a "jack of all trades and a master of none."
The Show Must Go On–Professionally
When overcoming an illness and you still have to perform, while adrenaline will be of assistance, panel judge Greggory Smith recommended to "be mindful of your range." There are a considerable number of remedies to preserve your voice. Ingesting honey, inhaling steam, practicing warm ups and breathing exercises are natural ways to take care of your cords. You want to avoid dairy, as it is mucous producing, salty foods, citrus and alcoholic beverages, as they dehydrate the throat; and according to panel judge Rienecker, the latter can compromise the audience's perception of you and deem you as "unprofessional."
It's important that you can connect with your audience and vice versa. All three judges agreed–while fashionable, when you model sunglasses throughout your entire performance your audience may have trouble relating to you. Greggory Smith mentioned that as an up-and-coming artist, "if I can't see you, I can't connect with you." You could propose the argument that there are successful producer-artists like SBTRKT & Daft Punk—who have been sporting masks since their debuts, but both are producers first and their art speaks for itself. Seek a healthy balance of fashion and personal, genuine interaction with your fans.
We hope these lessons are helpful as you prepare for your next performance. Check back at idomusiconline.com for more tips and music coverage.