Stage Presence Tips EVERY Musician Needs


May 29, 2021

Stage presence determines your impression on the world. It is the ability of a performer to capture his/her audience attention, via one's visual appearance, body language, charismatic speech, and general mannerisms. For a musician giving a stage performance may not be initially so easy. Here are a few handy tips that you may wish to consider


Chose a signature outfit

Your outfit is responsible for your first impression on the crowd. How you look also helps you define your self-confidence and so naturally your day’s performance. Spend sufficient time on picking your outfit – something that makes you standout and yet blend perfectly with the stage and its decor.

Choosing a signature item is one way to go about it. It would not only work as amazingly for your brand but would also define you over the course of your career as a singer, the best example being Michael Jackson’s white gloves.

Dress up to make yourself memorable for the audience!

Be thorough with your research

Stuff yourself with as much knowledge as possible pertaining to stage performances. The best way is by befriending YouTube. Observe finer details - how does the frontman begin? how do the band members interact with each other? What gimmicks do they employ to keep the audience engaged? how to smoothly transition between songs?

Note them, implement them in your own style during your rehearsals and stage only those that worked best for you. Do not make the blunder of using it directly during your performance, because what worked splendidly for others may not work at all for you.

It is also worth digging to come up with the most appropriate outfit, appearance and body language that you would present on the stage. It doesn’t come automatically, you need to learn, try and review before you land on the perfect fit.

Record, Revisit, and Review

You are the best judge for yourself. It’s a good practice to have your performances recorded. This way you can watch them later with a critical mindset, along with your band and a few other well-wishers. Identify places where you messed up or could have been better and take note of the feedbacks from the others. Work on your weaknesses. To grow as a singer requires constant self-speculation and related self-improvement.

Read your audience

Your performance is for your audience and nobody else. So make sure your feed them what they cherish. When you sit down to plan your act, be conscious of who is your target audience and what would be their obvious expectations, the sync between the theme and the emotion of your music, what else could be incorporated to make your audience happy and mesmerized, tweaks that would make your lyrics more impactful for the audience.

Don’t get worked up if you don’t get all the solutions all by yourself. Discuss it among your band, with friends, your mentor (if you have one), or look up strategies used by other musicians. You will eventually figure it out!

Practice to master it

However cliché an advice it may be– ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ – it cannot be replaced with anything better. Nothing works better than that. Schedule frequent band rehearsals till the entire routine comes effortlessly to each of the members.This would prevent mistakes during the actual performance and would develop the scope for interesting improvisations.

Learn from the Legends

Everybody’s passion is mostly driven by role models. So watch them perform, observe them and learn from them – not just music but also their stage tactics. Mind you I said LEARN and NOT COPY!


Maximize stage occupancy –AS IF YOU OWN IT!

The entire stage is your playground and you are let lose to play wherever you wish to. So cover all possible corners of the stage. This not only would give you a change of space, but will provide your audience with variations, and scope for you to interact with your audience and your fellow band members diversely.

The more shows you give the more ideas you would get to explore the space you have. Stage occupancy places a crucial role in holding your audience to you.

Engage your audience & your band

A live performance is not just about good music. If people wanted to trigger their auditory senses they would have just stuck at home and listened to an audiotape. In a live performance, you must work on satisfying the crowd’s auditory as well as visual sense. So move about, keep an eye contact, include a few musical intrudes to keep them involved, give personal attention to the exceptional enthusiasts in the audience – people love that!

Well, don’t forget your band! Interact with them once in a while to keep the adrenaline and tempo running through them.

In the initial phase of your career, it may not come naturally to you and so you might have them choreographed in advance. Consider including short skits, humorous punch lines, quirky stories, etc. But, also be prepared to improvise if it happens not to work

Flaunt your ideal personality

Flaunting your uniqueness on the state is the key to a great performance. Make note of 10-15 unique qualities you possess. Select the best few of them – by self-analyzing or with the help of a few well-wishers and work upon highlighting them during your show. Believe in this persona and display it with flushed confidence. Careful, if not done the right way, it may appear fake and you would end up losing your audience.

Your body speaks for itself

It is extremely important for you to work on your body posture and language when you are up there. During a live stage performance, actual words contribute to only 50% of what you wish to express to the audience. The remaining 50% is contributed by the way you hold yourself in front of them. Your entire appearance should be a visual treat for your fans!

Exhibit high energy

If you don’t throw the energy to your audience they will never get pumped up, however enthralling your song maybe. So ensure that you keep the energy levels to an all-time high, be high enough to drive it in your band as well as in the audience - for your stage performance to be a memorable one.

Do not indulge in negative actions

You must never speak or portray the negative side of any topic whatsoever. It will not only trigger offense among the audience but will also scar your career forever. Always spread positivity around and make the audience feel good to see you perform on stage.

Self-reflection DURING your performance is a big no-no!

Self-reflection is very important but not when you are performing live. A good stage performer needs to focus only on the delivery of the performance. Indulging in self-reflection then, will distract you, cause you to lose confidence, and demotivate your band members as well – all culminating in a flop on-stage performance.

Avoid displaying your nervousness

You are going to be nervous before the big event – there's nothing wrong with that but exposing these feelings to your audience may be harmful and ruin your big time. Give yourself a few minutes on the stage and your nerves will wear off. To be the most loved musician on stage, you need to get a hold over your nerves – you can do it!

Have fun and create moments

As much as your performance is for the audience it's an equally big deal for you and your band. It's all futile if you don’t enjoy it. Make your efforts worth all of it after all. Enjoy the event and make moments for yourself that you would cherish all through your long life because afterall you sing for the love of it.

Do not hog the limelight all by yourself!

You are the frontman, it's commendable but don’t be ungrateful towards all that make your stage performance a success. It’s a success gained by you, your band members, and the backstage support team. So, make it a point to give them credit and share the success equally. Be humble and down to earth.

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