In this Preshow Rituals segment, the pop artist, Stealth, reveals what he does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
My pre-show ritual? God, it feels like a lifetime since I did a real gig. Thanks, Corona……
If I can cast my mind back I do have a perfect pre-show in mind. Firstly I like to be well-rehearsed. Naturally, things go wrong on the night. But being confident that all the things in my control are nailed down just makes the entire day more enjoyable and less anxiety-ridden. I also try to make sure I look after myself physically in the run-up to a show, no big booze ups or late-night karaoke sessions, people have paid to come to see me and the least I can do is be fit enough to give them their money’s worth.
I’m a stickler for time. I have to arrive early even if it means going for a coffee near the venue. And once in, I like to have a good recky of the stage and the audience area, I don’t really know why I do this, I think I like to take in the whole space trying to feel comfortable. And I always like to have a good chat with the sound person and lighting if possible, make friends with the people that can turn you off haha. Then ill let my MD or management discuss the boring stuff with them. In general, that’s my main thing I like to remove myself from any conversations pertaining to the mechanics of a gig. All that stuff should be discussed prior with my management and MD, leaving me to entirely focus on the performance to come.
Then Soundcheck, I quite like to run most of the songs in the set, and have someone in the audience area making sure it sounds good in every corner of the room, and once my band and I are happy with what we hear on stage wrap it up and get out. Don’t want to waste all our good performances on the sound guy or girl and my manager. Also, I don’t want to be a dick and eat into the supports soundcheck if I’m headlining or further up the bill.
Usually, I like to get out of the venue at this point go for a meal or something with my band members have a laugh.
On returning ill catch the first half of the supports show if there is one. About halfway through I tend to take myself somewhere private and warm up, Vocally and physically. Shaking all the nerves out, stretching so I can move confidently on stage. Then I like to close my eyes for 5 minutes and relax. It’s a bit like meditation, just to center myself.
Then I go out probably trip over a cable and the power goes out…….. Jokes I usually go out and have a great time. Like I said something always goes wrong on the night but that’s what makes it exciting.