Being a frontman/frontwoman - what does it take to be a good one?
I wanted to start a discussion about becoming a good frontman/performer. Thanks to Ken and his amazing program we all know that the ability to sing is within our reach. But what are all your thoughts on the other things that go into making a great artist and performer?
Ken touches on artistry in many of his videos, particularly the one on singing soul and r'n'b from memory. I found all of his thoughts insightful and useful.
I also came across this article by Henry Rollins on the subject: http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2011/04/27/henry-rollins-the-column-henry-on-what-makes-a-great-band-frontman
Mr Rollin's article is good, but of course it's observational rather than instructional. I'm certain I do not fall into the same category as Lux Interior naturally. Like singing now, and playing guitar before it, if I'm going to be good upfront it's going to take work.
I'd like this discussion to be open to everyone, but I'm particularly interested to hear from those who write and perform their own material like me. I say that because there seems to be an element of salesmanship in performing original music that isn't required when performing covers. To borrow a quote from a prominent 30's industrial designer "Good design is rarely accepted, it has to be sold". I think the same applies to music. Be it Tom Waits, PJ Harvey or the The Rolling Stones, there is a whole stylistic package that goes with the music. When I see someone do a cover, I've already bought into (or not) the song, now I'm just evaluating your performance of it. With originals I absorb everything, consciously or not - whether the performer looks, sounds and conducts themselves in a way I identify with or want to buy into.
Thanks for considering what I've written. I'd love to hear everybody's thoughts.