In this Preshow Rituals segment, the electro pop artist, Brodie, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.
On the day of a show, I love to sleep in to give my body as much rest as I can. I’ll eat a big healthy breakfast (assuming the show is in the evening), and try to keep talking to a minimum if possible to preserve my voice. I’m a bit of an introvert off-stage, so I tend to seek out alone time, however minimal that may be. Even on a big tour with the band with interviews and things ahead of the show, I try to take a moment to myself if at all possible, even if that means hiding in a bathroom.
I tend to have a rotation of favorite performance looks, but if I don’t have something picked out yet, I’ll play with ideas and try things on. The rest of the day, I’ll usually keep it really comfy and low maintenance before I get all dolled up for the show. It’s fun to transform yourself into someone new for the stage; it feels ceremonial, like stepping into a uniform or a costume. While I do my hair and makeup and go over the show in my head, I like to do vocal warm-ups and go over the show in my head. There’s something calming in that routine. I’ll try to eat something light a good several hours before I have to go on stage because I never eat right before a show.
Backstage, I avoid drinking any alcohol except hot tea with honey and water. Occasionally, I’ll suck on a cough drop if I’ve been talking a lot that day. The band usually knows to leave me to myself for the most part, but when it’s time to go on stage, we love to huddle and share a moment together before we’re swept up in the adrenaline of the show. I still get butterflies before I perform, but all of that washes away when I step onstage into the lights, the music starts, and I’m swept away in the energy of the show.