Have you ever had to sing to a tough audience? In today’s episode of Total Voice TV, London busker, John Clapper discusses the life of a busker. He offers tips for delivering a stellar performance and shares the vocal struggles that are part of being a voice professional.
A chance meetingIt was a beautiful spring day in London as I walked a tourist mecca, the banks of the river Thames. I met this busker called John Clapper. For a performer, I can’t imagine a tougher crowd to entertain. There was so much foot traffic and he needed to be able to stop traffic, get his audience’s attention and engage with them. He appeared to be doing it effortlessness which made me curious. What are his secrets for performing to a tough audience? He is a great busker, nice guy and I am grateful that he agreed to talk with you about his experiences.
Busking LifeThere was some great take away points from today’s interview:
- It’s possible to earn a living as a busker and John actually prefers this lifestyle over a more conventional working environment
- By putting himself out there, John’s work as a busker lead to some interesting collaborations and opportunities to perform.
- Busking is not always easy. John has been working on his craft since childhood and he continues to learn and practice
- John didn’t try to do everything alone, but sought help from agengies and other professionals.
AdviceJohn had some great advice for all performers. He talked about:
- Careful choice of songs and the importance of choosing songs that connect with your audience.
- The importance of knowing your audience and what is likely to appeal.
- Directing your energy out to your audience.
- Being positive and engaging and avoiding being overly introverted.
- Knowing your voice and choosing keys wisely so you demonstrate your vocal strengths as opposed to highlighting your vocal weaknesses.