It is no longer breaking news that to make a statement and hold your position in the music industry, you have to be able to perform with a live band on stage. If you want to take your music seriously and are looking to eventually get a record deal or make a living from your music, then playing with a band is not an option.
Almost every time I go for a show and see Nigerian artistes on stage, especially upcoming acts, I leave the venue extremely disappointed and empty. Most times, I develop a head ache before the performances are over. Not because the music wasn't good, but majorly because the performances were horrible.
As an unsigned upcoming artiste, one major challenge is getting opportunities to perform at shows. You shouldn't deceive yourself that you're going to be headlining shows just yet, but you can get yourself invited to open for acts. The question is without a manager, or the backing of a record label, how do you put yourself in that position where you can get shows?
So many artistes spend years without giving their stage presence a single thought. After all, it's all about the music, right? So a gig comes, and they jump on stage without a shred of preparation, mime to their recordings and wave their arms about aimlessly on stage. You see, the way an artiste looks on stage plays a huge part in capturing the attention of the audience. The visual image you project matters. The eyes, as well as the ears, need to be satisfied if an audience member will become a fan.