Archive for the ‘artist development’ Category

[ Refer to inspire#10: Redefining Excellence (Rachma Lim)] I first knew Rachma from the performance photos of other colleagues. I can still recall my immediate thoughts, what a good-looking spunky little girl. Now, if you have seen her pictures, you’d know i’m not just being shallow. It is true. Nor am I being rude, she   Read More …

So you your gig is scheduled to start at 8pm and you have someone setting up your PA for you. (Yes, singers, sometimes it is not to be taken for granted that there will always be a sound company providing the PA and a sound technician guy you can just yell at to fulfil your   Read More …

I’ve received a few good questions from a few of my singing students these past 2 weeks. I thought this answer might benefit other students and budding performers as well. First thing to know is that if you perform in a bar or cafe or lounge, it is slightly different from running your own gig/concert.   Read More …

inspire#2: Sara Martinez

Julian Lozada and Sara Martinez are our Venezuelan friends who perform as the half of a 4-piece band “Traveller Band” in Q-Bar at Shangri-La, Qingdao, China. When I first started dancing years ago, it was my trying to get in touch with my creative side when i went on a long vocal sabbatical. But little   Read More …

Congratulations to my student for nailing her first paying gig. Her question prompted me to share my advice with those who may have the same question. How does one prepare for your first paying live gig? My answer is, first, build a repertoire. These are some questions that will help you build an effective repertoire:   Read More …

This is Part 2 (Part 1 here) of my answer to a question from a student when she scores her first live paying gig. This could apply to original material (but I imagine singer-songwriters to be able to play their songs without the help of charts/lyrics at least eventually), but largely to musicians who are   Read More …

Typeface: a single style in a type family What’s the difference between Typeface and Font? Font actually refers to both typeface and font size. Historically speaking, since each size had to be manually re-drawn causing it to look slightly different at different sizes, it actually becomes a different font at a different font size. If   Read More …