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Anyone who’s had a night on the town in Belfast will be struck by the energy of the live music scene. Every night of the
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Imagine the most unattractive person you know. Now imagine them with a bad case of acne, a greasy barnet and stinky breath. Now think of that same person again, but this time they're the lead singer in the latest chart-topping band.
Over at Emerging Icons we have a ridiculous amount of new talent just waiting to be discovered, so every week we like to throw a few tunes in your direction to help you along your way.
Stage fright comes from fear. It comes when the mild dose of adrenalin that you need to help you perform well, gets out of hand. Your body overreacts and goes into fight or flight from a perceived threat. You are 'only' performing but that performing in its most extreme form, can feel as if you are in extreme physical danger.
It may sound obvious, but one of the most important aspects of keeping stage fright at bay, is to know what you are performing, and to know it really well. Don't kid yourself that you can wing it. Most of the time, you can't and it is wise to assume you can't.
When Alice joined us at the Olympic Park this summer, she was incredible. Her striking blend of folk and soul is a delight alone, but being the experimental thinker she is, she also brought along a beatboxer for percussion.
I haven't met many people with mental health problems who aren't in some way or other creative, we naturally question everything, perhaps to obsessiveness sometimes, and spiral off in different directions looking for alternative conclusions, very much like the artist's mind.
Tours are about two things really - music and people. Music on stage, in the van, at services. Everywhere. And the people - in the band, working at the venues and coming to the gigs.
Rock stars: forever treading the line of cultural credibility. But when some of them have given up thrashing guitars about