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A Year of Performing

This past Thursday (1/5/12), I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Jeremy Elliott (guitarist for Bellingham, WA band Polecat), Beth Whitney (Snohomish, WA) and Jenna Ellefson (Portland, OR) at the beautiful and historic Columbia City Theater. It was a night I’ll not soon forget. You can watch a Voortex Productions video of my newest single, “The River & The Rain,”


EP.3 Kate Lynne Logan – LIVE at Columbia City Theater
from Voortex Productions on Vimeo.

 

January 5th was particularly special  not only because I got to perform on such a beautiful stage and with such phenomenal musicians, but it was also the exact 1-year-anniversary of the release of my very first EP, “Love You Still,” produced by Michael Carlos (available on CD Baby and iTunes).

Since it’s the beginning of a new year and a solid year of performing and writing for me, I just wanted to reflect and share a few things I’ve learned over the last year as a “budding” musician. Some may seem pretty obvious to you and others further along, but they weren’t to me when I first started, and since none of us is ever entirely alone in our experiences, they’re worth sharing (in no particular order):

– Don’t talk while people are applauding. No one can hear you. Especially if you’re soft-spoken, anyway, like me. Wait until it’s quiet again before saying something important, like your name. Really, it nearly negates the entire night, if people walk away with no idea who you are.

– Remember to say your name and your bandmates’ names several times throughout the show. People aren’t always listening, and even when they are, sometimes certain venues aren’t conducive to listening (i.e. loud bars) and they might not be able to hear you.

– Have something physical people can walk away with after your show. A CD, a flyer for the next show, your business card. People might really, really like you. But they’re not necessarily going to remember you without a little help. Plus, they’ll have something to pass on to others that weren’t able to make it to the show.

– Don’t plow through your set. Relax. Most of these people, if you’re playing locally, are your friends. No need to be nervous and rush through it. Plus, sometimes you get the opportunity to play somewhere really beautiful, and you should soak it in.

– If you deal with stage-fright and/or nerves before a show, and are also a caffeine-addict, consider eliminating caffeine on the day of a show. I happen to be both a nervous-wreck and a caffeine-addict, and it makes a world of difference to replace those 3 cups of coffee with (at least) 3 glasses of water, instead.

– Drink a lot of water. And warm-up before your show. My warm up is humming favorite songs as low as is comfortable for me. (I thought this was my own strange little ritual, but it’s actually a common and helpful practice.)

– Be friendly. May seem like a no-brainer, but I have a tendency to show up, set-up, and disappear to the back corner because I’m not the most outgoing person, and get shy and timid in social-settings. But be open. Introduce yourself to people. Make genuine friends, not just networking “acquaintances.”

– Have patience with yourself. Realize you’re going to get better at performing with every show, no matter how minimally. And also remember that you’re your harshest critic, and most of the mistakes you harp on probably went unnoticed by your audience.

– Don’t leave the volume off on your guitar, and then wonder why your pedal-tuner isn’t working.

– Don’t leave your pedal-tuner on, and then wonder why the monitor isn’t working. (I mean, you can wonder if you want, but you know what I’m saying.)

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment! Come say, “hi,” in person sometime. I’d love to discuss these things further. Until next time! (You can view my full calendar here).

Kate Lynne Logan is an artist currently residing in Seattle, WA. You can listen to her music here,  and view her art here.



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