In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop artist, Cimo Fränkel, breaks down what he does before taking the stage. You can check out his rituals and stream his newest single, “Gamble”, after the break.
For every performance, I usually force myself to start being nervous at an early stage. It helps to get you over that feeling sooner. Once that is out of the way, I can focus more on capturing the moment.
Then I will go through the whole rigmarole of vocal exercises. There is a leaked tape, of Michael Jackson warming up with his vocal coach, that I like to listen to and sing along with. Then I always search for a quiet spot to do this one breathing exercises that I’m embarrassed to do in front of people. I will stand still, breathe in, and blow out as hard as I can, breathe in slowly and repeat this over and over again. It helps me breathe more easily while singing, but it also makes me calmer.
I often have chocolate milk with me. Most people would strongly advise not to drink any milk products before singing, but for some reason, my voice feels better after drinking it. I don’t really like the taste of milk, hence chocolate milk.
If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s having conversations with people about random topics before I go on stage. My mind doesn’t want to do anything but focus on what’s about to go down on stage. It’s a bit hard to explain this to people, so I just avoid them or tell them I need time and space to do my vocal warm up.
Lastly, but most importantly, there is something a good friend of mine told me to do – and he is right. I will stand backstage and think for at least a minute about the fact that it is such a huge blessing to be standing there and making other people happy with doing what I love. I tell myself to be thankful every time. Now showtime!
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