How To Improve At Speaking Between Songs

Finding a comfort zone while speaking to audiences between songs is something that has been problematic for MANY singers and musicians and one of the big reasons many clients have approached me for performance training and production of their live shows.

Unfortunately a lot of artists don’t see how negatively this sort of thing can impact their performances. Nevermind for a moment that not being able to speak well can make a show feel less polished and professional in the eyes of your fans.

It can also result in you making LESS MONEY and getting LESS E-MAIL SIGN-UPS…both of which are the life blood of today’s independent artists.

So I spent a large portion of time over the past year-and-a-half exploring this very issue and looking for ways artists can improve at this extremely important, yet often neglected, skill. Asking questions, experimenting, testing some of the ideas on my own clients.

And it was amazing because it brought to the surface several things that nobody in the music industry was really talking about. That resulted in me putting together a series of three videos exploring speaking skills during live shows. Each video, around 15-minutes in length, tackles key points ranging from the way artists rehearse their shows to the manner in which they structure their sentences when pitching e-mail sign-ups.

The first video was posted nearly a month ago and the responses I received via e-mail and social media were fantastic! One of my favorite comments came from an e-mail subscriber who applied some of the concepts to her own performances and said, “what had seemed awkward and slightly terrifying in the past was actually fun and fluid.”

Set aside 45-minutes of your time and…watch…these…videos. They WILL help you!

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Wade Sutton has dedicated his life to helping artists ditch their day jobs in favor of careers in music.

Serving as a live music producer and performance coach, Wade teaches singers and musicians how to turn their live shows into a kick-ass experience resulting in fans buying more merchandise and increasing e-mail sign-ups.

He also puts to use nearly twenty years of professional journalism experience by creating biographies and electronic press kits for singers and musicians while advising them on matters related to the media, public relations, and obtaining sponsorships.

You can receive a free digital copy of Wade’s book by clicking HERE.

  • Chris DeMott

    This is fantastic stuff! As a side-man and band member who doesn’t sing lead, I have played many gigs that just imploded because various front-people didn’t have these skills. It is sad to see how hard some bands work, only to sabotage themselves with “dead air” or poor set flow. I actually watched these videos to improve my “lifeguarding” skills when somebody has to tune or switch instruments etc… and picked up some great stuff. Probably the most important, and least likely to be followed, information is in the first video where Wade discusses rehearsal. Too often I have suggested this concept at rehearsals only to receive guffaws’ or rushed and abridged versions of what might be said. I wish more artists would heed Wade’s advise and watch all three videos.

    • Thanks, Chris! Glad you found it useful. 🙂

  • Ryan-O’Neil S. Edwards

    I’m too impatient for this. I watched 10 mins and only heard why it’s important. Anyway, one thing I like to do is break up my set into 2-3 song chunks. I only speak in between those chunks. That way there’s not that much quiet time.

    Also each quiet moment is designated a specific purpose. One is introducing the band. Another is mentioning merch/mailing list etc. Before specific songs I try to tell a funny story about its inception.

    so those are a couple examples of how I talk between songs.

    • Ashkan Karimi

      You should go back and watch it dude! I just watched the first one through. Being a front man, I totally would use what he talked about those last few minutes of the vid. In fact, I have a show tonight and will do so at one of my ‘talk’ times.

      We/I always struggle with talking cause it usually is those same 3 things you mentioned. Which is great and all but we realized that all this is doing is talking about ourself and self-promotion, when without the fans we can’t do what we love to do. By making it more personal to them, or by giving them that experience I feel like it would be a lot more engaging and win potential fans over to real fans.

      This is great stuff Wade. Thanks for the pointers.

      • Thanks, Ashkan!

        You will LOVE the third video when we jump into things like how the way you structure your sentences impacts things like getting people to sign up for e-mails lists and buying merchandise. Needless to say, a lot of time has been spent studying this and I use these techniques with all of the artists I work with privately!

        • Ashkan Karimi

          Hey Man,

          So I totally applied what you talk about in video 1 to introduce one of our more “power-ballady” songs and got a great response. Never really thought of the REASON why you want to say “this song is for any of you who have….’someone who isn’t sure if you should let go of someone or something you don’t want to let go of.”

          I practiced it a few times today before our set tonight out loud and then did it during our show before the song (since the crowd wasn’t too huge) and it was well received and seemed to connect well with the people who hadn’t heard us before after our set back at our merch table.

          Great stuff! Love constructive stuff like this that I can integrate.

      • Ryan-O’Neil S. Edwards

        ok, ok, I was wrong. I needed to be more patient and watch it through. Definitely some great advice. I really like the way he distinguished rehearsal from practice. I’ll watch the other two now. Thanks.

        • Glad to hear you gave it another chance! Hope it all helps!