In this Preshow Rituals segment, the electro pop artist, Dragon Fox, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
Those pre-show jitters can really get to you sometimes, especially when its one that you’ve been looking forward to playing. Or maybe if its your first show ever. For this story, I had to throw it back to when I was just a baby dragon, finding my way in the niche Miami art and music scene. I was extremely pumped and surrounded by my closest friends at the time while headed towards the venue. In fact, we all packed into a compact car (around 6 of us, don’t recommend) and rode around the city, blasting some of our favorite tracks full volume. Not the safest of rituals, but it sure turned those nerves into pure energy.
Once I arrived, the venue was packed and this is when (I guess) I started developing what are now some of my favorite “pre-show practices.” Step 1 – I was told to drink a lot of water. I did. This sent me to the bathroom a number of times before I went on stage, but it ensured two things: a) no need to worry about having a full bladder mid-performance b) quality hydration. Step 2 – get to know your the audience around you! I met so many people that night, exchanged information, and had great laughs.
Now Step 3 is a bit of an odd one. Remember the night I’m telling you about was kind of a debut. I had decided on the name Dragon Fox maybe one week prior to the show. Let me set the scene for you. I stepped behind the curtain and I could hear the crowd chattering, lights dimming, my friends screaming my name as if I was some kind of huge pop star (thanks for the moral support guys) and my heart was beating out of my chest. Which brings me to Step 3. Upon feeling my heart rate amping up, finger tips tingling, and adrenaline pumping, there was only one solution to turn this energy into a productive force – push ups.
I’m not much of an active person, though I do I get a good long walk in here and there. But that night, I was training for the Olympics, behind the curtain, onstage, 5 minutes before the spotlight focused on our performance. 10/10 favorite pre-show recommendation. Good for the nerves, even better for the chest and triceps.