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Music Etiquette 101 – Lesson 1 Microphone Etiquette

FYI: These suggestions are shared with you based on my own personal experience and from watching many independent as well as major artists over the years. How you take it is up to you. But if you are truly serious about wanting to make it in the music industry, I hope you take these points into consideration when you are honing your craft. Read on.

Lesson #1: Microphone Etiquette

-Turn my mic up!-

-Turn the music down!-

-Turn me up!-

-Turn me down!-

-I can’t hear myself!-

How many of you have heard these phrases from an artist performing on stage? Here’s an even better question: How many of you have found yourself saying them before/during a performance? I have, and I’m not afraid to admit it. In some situations it may be the DJ or whoever’s running the sound system. In other cases it may be the sound system itself. But in most cases-and in no way is this being stated to belittle any up and coming performer, whether you sing, rap, or play an instrument-it may not be any of those situations.

Yes, that’s right: It may just be YOU.

I’ve seen many artists who will get agitated because they feel like the audience can’t hear them or they can’t hear themselves, and will automatically blame whoever’s running the sound. But there’s nothing wrong with the system; the microphones are brand new, the speakers are leveled great, and the EQ is on point. The problem is the way they are holding the microphone. If you are a professional and/or major artist-C’MON SON. (Though nowadays some major artists don’t know how to perform on stage, but that’s another topic. *cough*) But if you are just starting out, I understand. At the same time I feel sorry for most of you because you’re just jumping out there ready to make it big, yet you do not have the proper training necessary in this music industry. There are methods that lead to success, and you have to be willing to learn them. If you want people to hear you on stage, you have to learn how to use the microphone.

Holding the microphone

You can sing and/or rap as loud as you want, but the audience will not be able to hear clearly if the microphone is too far away from your mouth. No one should be watching you perform with it all the way down near your chest. For better results, the microphone should be at least 1 to 2 inches away from your mouth while you are performing. If you are a singer, the only time you should pull away is when you are hitting high notes in order to avoid your voice being too loud in the speakers, at least no more than one foot in distance.

-Cuffing- the microphone

Rappers, this is ESPECIALLY for you. We’ve heard this term, before: -Don’t cuff the mic.- To those not privy to the meaning of this term, -cuffing- is when a person wraps their hand around the ball of the microphone while speaking or rapping. From my own experience, this hurts an artist because it blocks the field of sound. It also muffles and distorts a person’s voice to the point where you cannot even understand what they’re saying.

Your hand should be gripping the handle directly underneath the ball. This will enable the microphone to better pick up sound so the audience can hear you more clearly. Now I will admit that some people feel differently about this; there are artists (moreso rappers) that believe -cuffing the mic- actually helps increase the volume so they can be heard better. Shoot, I’m actually guilty of having done it every now and then, but moreso out of habit than anything else. If you -cuff the mic- (and be honest with yourself), I recommend you do what I was doing until I habitually started holding it correctly: Practice on at least leaving enough space at the top of the ball so you have a better chance at not sounding muffled.

Keeping the microphone near you

How you hold the microphone when you’re not performing is just as important as when you are. Never should you allow yourself to let it hang to the side in between verses (this goes for backups and hypemen, too). Letting it hang as if you are about to drop it on the ground only adds more effort into bringing it back up to your mouth when it’s time to perform or speak your adlib. Not only that, it also causes that ear-splitting sound we like to call -feedback- when you get near a speaker or monitor. You are literally putting the microphone into the monitor when you let it hang.

So in order to avoid this from happening, keep your arm bent and near your body when you’re not speaking/rapping/singing. This will make it much easier to bring the microphone back to your mouth, as well as avoid putting it into the monitors.

In Closing-

Performing on stage is all about leaving a long-lasting first impression on your target audience. People who see you-fans, other artists, A&R’s and industry executive higher-ups alike-are paying attention. They’re paying attention to your stage presence as well as your energy, determining whether or not you can move crowds. But most importantly, they’re paying attention to your delivery. And, in my opinion, your delivery begins with the microphone.

Perform wisely,
Lyrical Preacher

House Music – The Origins

Establishing “House”

The birth of the words “house music” is a hotly argued question amidst artists and DJ’s. Some people assert it originated from a night club called “The Warehouse” where longtime resident Producer/DJ Frankie Knuckles played a distinctive brand of dance music until 1982 when the establishment closed down. Knuckles himself suggested he initially witnessed the term when driving by a bar on the south side of Chicago that hung a sign in its window reading “We play house music”. DJ Leonard “Remix” Rroy suggests the sign was likely a reference to the style of soulful songs one would listen to at your own house.

A second sentiment is that the phrase referenced the production of music in the residences of groundbreaking DJ’s and dance producers. These early creations would be recorded with synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers. Many others assert that “house” references the relationship of particular tracks with their respective DJ’s, as in the house DJ’s played their very own house records.

The Fathers of House Music

The Chicago night club scene of the early 80′s was spurred by DJ’s spinning a number of styles of music like disco, hip hop, funk, pop, and R&B. The beginning of somewhat economical electronic instruments led to some DJ’s crafting their own combination of existing tunes by mixing in drum machines and effects.

Seen by many to be the very first original house music record, “On & On” by Jesse Saunders was published in 1984. The album’s prosperity ignited a wave of tracks from the earlier DJ’s attempting their hand at putting out house music. The music soon branched off into subgenres of house such as deep house and acid house.

Through the support of club DJ’s such as Lil Louis, Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy, and radio stations like WBMX, house music quickly gained popularity in Chicago. Concurrently, house began to spread to nearby DJ’s and producers of Detroit, Michigan. Artists like Marshall Jefferson helped push house outside of Chicago with his hugely well known track “Move Your Body”. From the middle to late 1980′s artists such as Larry Heard, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Farley Keith, and Steve Hurley, persisted to popularize the style.

Now, house music is more prevalent than ever and can be heard in a variety of forms in night clubs spanning the earth. The genre has continued to fork off into subgenres including progressive house, electro house, techno house, breakbeat, and the list goes on. House isn’t just a style of music, but is a religion protected by loyal followers the world over.

Live Music For Events Plan It In A Unique Way

There are many people who plan some events every year and hire live music to add charm in the party. Music is bestowed with an exceptional charm, which keeps the power to let people enjoy regardless of their gender, culture, age, color, creed and race. If you are also planning some musical spice in your event, then ascertain the things to add colors to the environment. Before you hand over the party to a band, you should follow few vital steps to make the best and the smoothest arrangements for your show.

First, you should select an appropriate venue and make sure that it allows the kind of music, which you have selected for your event.
It is your responsibility to use plenty of time in researching an excellent musical group to make the mood of your party.
You should appoint a band, which is capable of seeking attention of your guests and make them enjoy at the fullest.

This must be your prime focus that the band gives its performance in a logical order. For instance, in a wedding ceremony they must not play the DJ songs before the first dance song.

Points regarding venue:

This is good that you have chosen the best venue of your city to conduct the occasion that is also in accordance with your musical choice. But, you also keep it in mind that your venue is in outdoors or indoors and make arrangements accordingly. In addition, you must check the seating capacity, the stage placements & its size, musical equipment and time of the band performance.

Factors to create a remembrance:

Live music is usually the thing of the evening and it is going to be the most talked topic of your party among guests. It is quite normal that people will not discuss the table decorations two weeks later, but they take interest in talking about the lovely music and dance.

Choice of music:

You need to select one that will not leave any stone unturned in setting an atmosphere. According to the mood of your event, you can choose smooth jazz to enjoy sitting in the background or you can prefer to create a huge impact by taking all the guests on the dance floor.

Ample place for dance:

If you are choosing live music for dance focused events, then make sure that there is sufficient space for guests to jig on their favorite numbers. It is your responsibility to take care of the sentiments of your guests and avoid hustle and bustle while dancing. And, last but not least, you should also be strict towards the timing for closing your party to ignore any sort of mess.

Hence, we have discussed almost every relevant point, which will help you select wonderful live music for events. Above all, you must not forget to give a consideration to your budget and try your best to wind up the event within estimated cost. So, follow these guidelines and enjoy your party at the same time making it memorable.

Scope For A Music Director In Kolkata

Kolkata is inhibited by the lovers of art and music. People of the city have always valued the talent of artists. The city provides a big platform for various aspiring artists. Kolkata has a unique blend of cultures and customs of the world. People from different parts of the globe came to Kolkata and provided their distinctive touch to the city. All kinds of music like jazz, hard rock, heavy metal, Bengali folk, Rabindra Sangeet or movie songs, have their own sets of admirers. Rabindra Sangeet, Bengali folk and adhunik Bengala songs are most popular in the city.

People of the city love to impart training to their young ones in the field of music and dance. They require finding a dedicated Music Teacher in Kolkata to train their children. Kolkata has given innumerable musical talents to the world. Bengali singers, composers, poets and a talented Music Director in Kolkata are known worldwide to do wonders! They create soulful melodies that can provide relief and solace from the hassles of the modern day life. A great musician rightly remarked once that music is the melodious string that connects me to my very true!! Thoughtfully written lyrics and melodious voices singing, various mellow tunes can help anyone unwind completely.

Finding an experienced music teacher in a city that is called the cultural capital of India is just no big deal. One can find a suitable teacher for their children by resorting to a number of ways. For instance, one can simply get in touch with their friends and family members and talk to them in this regard. There are numerous music schools in every environs. Many aspiring young talented singers go to these music schools and attain perfection. One can even try browsing over the internet. This miraculous modern digital media can be of great help for you. The search engines on the internet can display all the required details about the various music teachers in your vicinity.

Training, hard work, dedication is a must for anyone who wants to take up music as his profession. There are simply no shortcuts to success. Getting fine training and guidance at the reputed music schools of the city can help one become a celebrated singer, musician, DJ or a music director as well. There are plenty of avenues for a talented music director. He can launch music albums, or give music in various Tollywood movies. Advertising jingles are also a good way to start in this field. A Music Director in Kolkata also can consider about providing music to various theater events, like dramas, live orchestra, etc. An experienced Music Teacher in Kolkata aims at helping the aspiring singers and musicians to gain perfection in their respective fields. One can learn various styles of music in Kolkata. The music teachers in the city can provide training in a large variety of music. A talented artist has plenty of avenues to explore and create his own niche in the field of music.