Vocal Health Tips -
All of this info you can research on the web but here are a few things that work for me.
WATER, WATER, WATER - Drink ridiculous amounts of water- it's good for you, you know you need to do it- so just do it.
REST - If you think you can give your best performance on a night after, "one of those nights," think again. If you're wondering if something that you're doing is bad for you, it probably is.
WARMUPS- I warmup while watching TV, driving my car, in the shower- everywhere I possibly can. This is not just important for pitch accuracy, but also to get into your head voice quickly to assure proper mechanics.
SECRET TIP - MARSHMALLOW ROOT - Ok so it's really not a secret, but few people know about it. You can get Marshmallow Root in liquid form at most GNC or other health stores. It comes with an eyedropper. Make some hot tea and use the eyedropper to add this to the tea and it strips away bad stuff -and ABSOLUTELY WORKS.
PERSIST TO PREVAIL
Since we've established that all artists must face the reality that if they wish to promote their music to the masses they must learn some business skills, I wanted to demonstrate why owning a smartphone is an ABSOLUTE MUST. Here's a page out of my day to explain why this is important.
Last night as I was watching TV, a hook drifted into my head. When this happens, you MUST act to record it, or possibly lose it forever (which happens often when unprepared). I have an iPhone where I immediately recorded the hook. Once recorded, I can then change the title of the hook to a name I can remember, or simply the date so I can reference it later. Recording your ideas as they happen is critical to the creative process- inspiration doesn't wait- and must be captured.
During rehearsal with Duncan last night, we did a different arrangement of, "My Addiction," because we are playing an acoustic set instead of full production. So I simply recorded the song on my iPhone, tagged it with title and date and emailed it from my phone to my computer and then forwarded it to Duncan. From there it goes into our iTunes libraries where we can review as necessary.
Smartphones almost always have an application for taking notes. When you think of a lyric, whether with your family, out at a bar or lying in bed- you must capture it immediately. I will enter my notes, and then back it up on my MAC for redundancy. No reason to lose that creative spirit over laziness anymore:)
From my iPhone, I can access videos on YouTube as well as all my social networks including ReverbNation to give status updates while at home or on the road- you can't beat it.
THIS ONE IS BIG-YOUR PHONE BECOMES YOUR BUSINESS CARD!! I have made a TREMENDOUS amount of contacts both in the business as well as fans by simply letting them hear my music on my iPhone. THIS TECHNIQUE HAS PRODUCED AUDITIONS IN HOLLYWOOD, fans and interests from agents, publicists and others in the industry. YOU MUST HAVE ALL OF YOUR BEST WORKS ON YOUR SMARTPHONE (and access to videos if possible).
I could go on and on, but I won't. Get a smartphone and use it to the max. You won't regret it and feel free to mail me if you need more tips.
The music business is ...a business. Like all other entrepreneurs, artists need to manage their project based on their interests, goals and resources. If your music is just a hobby for you- that's perfectly fine and acceptable. The ability to spread your art worldwide and enjoy the pleasures of self-expression is your right. If however you wish to make a living at it- be careful how you do it. The first two things you should do is define how much of a budget you have and who is going to answer your legal questions. Every small business addresses these issues right from the outset. More on this topic later, but remember that he who fails to plan- plans to fail!
really I am. Today's thought...the sanitation department. I think it's great that we have a service that carries our garbage away. That is a task that would no be fun if we had to do it ourselves.
...are awesome- Watching Back to School- can't wait to hear Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Interview with Luna Volare
(1) WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE LET IT RAIN ?
It was truly the confluence of a number of events. In the summer of 2009 the girl I was seeing asked me to marry her and we had been good friends for a while so I was hopeful that something cool was going to come of it but it didn’t work out. My business was under an extraordinary amount of pressure due to changes in the industry and magnified by the recession. There was a string of about 11 days in Philly where it rained and everyone I knew either personally or thru one of my social networks was complaining about the rain. This put me an extremely introversive mood where I didn’t want to talk to many people so I spent much time in my apartment where I could, “feel the walls closing in.” My apartment on South Street had a great view and a western exposure which allowed me to see the coming weather so I could, “see the clouds rolling in.” It’s basically a song that says, “bring it on and I’ll take all you got and still make it.” I felt that the, “trancy,” keyboards and wistful hooks pull the listener to a familiar place to allow them to shelter themselves from whatever, “rain,” they are feeling.
(2) DO YOU EVER GO BACK TO YOUR HOME TOWN IN PHILADELPHIA?
I have already gone back once for Christmas of course and I will be going back at end of summer or early fall to finish the production of the debut video for, “Stranger.”
(3) WHAT CAN WE YOUR FANS EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW VIDEO STRANGER ?
Stranger is filmed on South Street which is cool because the album’s name is, “Songs from South Street,” and takes place in two settings. The first part is in my favorite bar/restaurant named Downey’s on Front and South Street- which is the beginning of South Street and very appropriate for the album. The second part we still have to shoot will be me walking down South Street with many characters including a special scene with guitarist and co-producer of the track Ross Trotter. There are also cameos by recording artist Dirt Mansion, model and former Miss Teen USA contestant Kelsey Miller and my best friend and attorney Billy O’Shea who also sings backups on the track.
(4) HOWS IT FEEL TO BE NUBMER 8 ON VEGAS CHARTS AT WWW.
It feels great Luna- its the culmination of many years of hard work and it’s inspiring to get feedback almost daily from the online community about the project.
(5) AT WHAT AGE DID YOU FEEL THAT YOU WANTED TO MAKE MUSIC ?
That's a great question- I have been a musician for my whole life but only an artist for a few years. I went from liking to play music, to having to create it to center myself and make sense of a world that simply doesn’t sometimes.
(6) WHEN YOU’RE NOT MAKING MUSIC WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY DOING ?
Working my day job to finance the project or watching movies or cartoons.
(7) FOUR MUST HAVES BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE ?
iPhone solar charger for iPhone headphones for iPhone keys to get back in house
(8) PLACE YOU WOULD LOVE TO PLAY AT AGAIN ?
The Trocadero in Philly – Pearl Jam recorded, “Even Flow,” there and the fans there are truly hardcore.
(9) FAVORITE TV SHOW(S) ?
Weeds The Simpsons Dexter Family Guy
(10) A RESTURANT YOU LIKE ?
In Philly- Buddakan In Vegas- Cathouse at Luxor
Luna- thanks again . The making of this album will be truly magical and I hope your fans enjoy hearing it as much as I will making it.
we will be in recording sessions completing the album and will make announcements soon.