If I’m being honest performing live isn’t something I find particularly easy! The feeling after I have finished singing is impossible to top and just such an amazing buzz…. but the nerves before, for me, are just dreadful. When I was younger I used to get so terrified that I would cry and run away and then have to sing after most of the audience had left! I finally managed to get over this and work my way up to bigger audiences when I was 17, which was great, but then I got nodules and went to uni, so singing took a back seat. Therefore, whilst I have been writing, recording and generally getting my EP and album together over the past few years I have been avoiding performing a little bit, but I know I need to get back in the game! There are just a couple of issues with this though:
1) I’m very scared and out of practice… (who knows if I’ll cry and run away?!)
2) The piano is the least portable instrument for open mic nights, small gigs and busking…. people with the guitar have it so much easier!
This being said I am currently looking for low pressure venues in and around where I live in Manchester to possibly perform a set in. I’m also considering just trying an open mic night or even karaoke just to get my confidence back up. Learning my songs on guitar is another thing on the to do list, in order for me to be able to just go and play a set anywhere, without having to lug my keyboard and pedal everywhere!
So watch this space…. hopefully I’ll soon be brave enough to be performing somewhere soon!