In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop rock band, FVRmind, reveals what they do before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
Being on stage, getting to share my most intimate feelings with the crowd is one of my favourite things in the world. However, It can be quite overwhelming and before going on stage I sometimes get too excited. With the adrenalin bursting through my mind and my body, it’s hard not to get anxious and shaky on the voice. To prepare myself for a performance I need to get myself into the right mindset, I choose to see the adrenaline rush as excitement instead of nervousness, and before going on stage I visualize the performance in my mind, embracing the energy and remembering how much I love sharing moments with the crowd and with the band. During soundcheck, I make sure to explore the stage so that I know what I have to work with, in terms of physical space but also in sound. I don’t want to hear myself too loud in the monitors because I want to float in the music, and vibe with the band.
Eating before a show is a big NO! if I do my reflux starts playing games with me. I make sure to drink plenty of water 2 hours before the show to stay hydrated. Staying sober when gigging is way more fun for me, it allows me to feel the experience fully, and stay in the moment completely. It also gives me more control over my vocals. Before a show I usually do some vocal exercises, tongue stretching, and jump around for a bit to warm up my body.
Being on stage means that I get to go totally crazy without anyone thinking “Wow, what the hell?!” When it comes to music even the darkest deepest weirdest feelings are allowed to be expressed in a dramatic way. I get to turn my anxiety into a creative weapon. Honestly, people still might think wow what the hell. But this is my art this is my performance, and if you’re willing to let yourself go for a bit you can be a part of the experience. This is something I constantly remind myself of when prepping for a performance. My winning mindset is: “Hell yes! I get to deep dive into emotions and express myself fully and go bananas on stage, and I LOVE IT”.