This week’s blog is inspired by a question from Jeannie Yamakawa.
This is a good question because it really gets to the heart of why a lot of people take voice lessons to begin with.
Everyone wants to find their unique style. And as any professional musician will tell you, you need to be able to describe your music concisely and in a way that gets the other person curious about you.
The trouble is, style isn’t something that people can decide for you easily. It’s not set in stone, which is why musicians hire publicists and managers.
The truth is, style is made up of lots of parts. Your performance, your look, your voice, and your repertoire are all parts of your style.
Style is really just a combination of the unique things that make you an artist.
However, like any style or brand, you do not always get full control of the things people say and think about you as an artist.
This is why it is so important to be able to talk about your music and style in an easy-to-understand and interesting way.
So how do you describe your style?
One way is using the tricks that got you interested in a new artist.
How did you first hear about Adele, Sam Smith, or Ed Sheeran?
It was probably through a friend who said something like this:
“Oh there’s this new great artist! You have to listen to them! They sound just like _____ but with _____.”
Try filling in those blanks for your own style.
Take a hard look at your repertoire, your voice and the people you sound-like. You want to give the other person a picture of your style and what to expect from your music.
Get creative with this!
“Our music sounds like falling in love for the first time.”
“Our band sounds like a beach party at dawn.”
“Our rhythm section is so tight, it makes people dance within seconds.”
Another way to do this is to read about new music. Circle the artist descriptions that worked on you.
What was it that compelled you to listen to that new band when you could have been listening to the same stuff you normally like?
Odds are there was something in the way the magazine/friend/website described the music that drew you in.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to defining your style. But that is what is great about it.
Really, any one of the above example descriptions could apply to anybody’s music. The important thing is to get the other person curious about your music while staying true to yourself.
We will be going into this subject in depth with great exercises at the Create and Market Your Unique Style workshop on Saturday November 7th from 12PM-1:50PM in Downtown Austin at 407 E 6th St, Suite 200.
You can buy tickets here! If you are participating, please bring a song to perform.