In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop artist, KINGS, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
I have been performing since I was just 3 years old, and, with all of those years under my belt, I have definitely created a set of rituals I do before I hit the stage. The rituals start a couple of days before I perform. I drink as much water as I can, but I like to increase my intake 2 to 3 days leading up to the show. It is very important to keep your body hydrated and fueled for the crowd.
The morning of the performance I like to wake up and prepare myself for the day with quiet time through meditation taking deep breaths to focus my mind on the show. I continue with a standard morning routine of eating breakfast, talking with my family, and listening to some music, which relaxes me. In the early afternoon, I take time for my first vocal warm-up. I like to stay away from cold drinks because warm or lukewarm drinks are better for your throat before singing. I try to eat little to no dairy because it makes it more difficult to keep my voice clear. I also try to avoid spicy food. With all this said, I’m not insanely strict with what I eat on performance day, but I do try to set myself up as best I can.
I do a much bigger warm-up for my voice right before I head out for the show whether I am at my house or my hotel. I like to get my voice to a comfortable place without over singing. In the late afternoon/early evening I stretch and warm up my muscles for any dancing I might be doing. Doing an ab workout before singing helps me so much. A little cardio never hurt anyone either!
I take time to get glam for my show too! I love doing stage makeup, and styling my hair for shows. It is definitely one of the highlights of my day. I usually pick out my outfits in advance making sure it brings out my bright yellow hair on stage. Before I head out for my show I always make sure to bring a few bottles of water, and I like to listen to some of my favorite playlists while driving to the venue. Once I arrive I get so excited. I take time to close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, and get my head ready to sing my heart out. A few extra vocal warmups never hurts. Now, it is showtime!