TalentWatch
Showcase Your Talent...Tell Your Story...

Music Artists

5 Tips for Making Fresh & Interesting Music Videos

Posted on July 1, 2020 by admin

Today, music videos have evolved to the point that they blur the line between typical music videos and pure cinema. So much so that Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade is considered to be one of the best movies to come out of the 2010’s. If you’re inspired by this and want to make a fresh and interesting music video but don’t know where to start, read on for our five tips to help you do just that!

Image Credit: Pexels

One-Shot Music Video

One thing you can try that will make your music video more unique is to include a one-shot sequence. This means filming a sequence (or if you’re up for it, the entire thing) in one continuous shot. Bands and artists have utilized this over the years to give their music videos a little something extra to keep their fans entertained. One of the most recent examples would be Childish Gambino’s This Is America, a music video that netted him the Best Music Video award at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

What’s great about this approach is that it’ll take very little when it comes to resources. However, what it lacks in resources it makes up for with the immense amount of planning that it takes to pull off shots like these. Our tip would be to meticulously plan out every aspect of the one-shot sequence. Treat it as a dance that you’ll have to choreograph with no room for improvisation, as everything needs to line up to properly execute it. For those with little video making experience this will also make editing it much easier.

Live Music

Image Credit: Unsplash

Another thing you can do to liven up your music videos is to introduce the element of live music. Most music videos nowadays have bands and artists lip-syncing to their songs. By introducing live music, you give your music video a feeling of authenticity that lip-syncing just can’t give you.

However, this won’t be as simple as just recording a regular live performance. Since this is being done to create a music video, you’ll need to focus on the audio quality as well. Luckily, some pretty accessible tools can help you out with this. Vocal effects pedals can be used for pitch correction, as well as giving your voice an extra oomph to get the clarity that you want for your performance. The voice can easily sound different when played back, so you need to make sure you invest in the right equipment so everything will sound perfect when reviewing the performance. Another thing that’ll be extremely helpful is doing a thorough sound check. Doing so will ensure that everything is to your liking and the proper arrangements can be made at the mixing desk.


Vertical Video

Image Credit: Unsplash

If your goal is to create something new and fit for the times then going vertical may be just the thing for you. And while this may sound like a completely odd thing to do, take into consideration how much time people now spend on their phones. The average American teen spends two hours scrolling on their phones per day so it would make sense to cater to this medium.

One thing you have to take into consideration is how you frame the shots. Unlike regular videos, vertical videos will have more empty space to fill at the top and bottom of the screen. A quick fix to this problem is to move closer to your subject, which will allow you to fill up the space within the frame.

Go Retro

Image Credit: Pexels

Here’s a tip that’s perfect for people that are trying to get around having a low budget or limited resources. Instead of trying to use the best cameras that offer pristine images, why not go retro? This is perfect for people with old video cameras lying around at home, as what they lack in video quality they make up for in character. The graininess of old video cameras can add to the overall aesthetics of your video, making them feel like they’re straight out of the past. And in today’s high definition world, a retro video will keep your video looking professional despite the fact it is less pristine.

If you don’t have an old video camera, there are also free apps that will give you the same effect. What’s more, all you’ll need to film your music video if you choose to go this route is a smartphone.


Stick To A Theme

Image Credit: Pexels

Lastly, one great way to give your music video a lot of character is to pick a theme and stick to it. What’s great about doing this is that your music video will be able to convey a specific message through both the music and the visuals that you choose to show. Having a strong and clear theme will give viewers something to hold on to, increasing the chance that they’ll be able to relate to your content.

The only tip we can give you here is to plan everything to the dot. Make sure that everything that goes into your video is working towards the theme of your choice. Whether it be lighting or the locations you choose, try to ensure that it contributes to the overall effect that you want to convey.

If you’re looking for examples of great music videos, be sure to check out the top music videos featured on our site!

Written by: Jane Boigher

Music Artist Spotlight- Kari Erickson

Posted on June 10, 2020 by admin

What does winning the 2020 Virtual Dream Night Talent Search (VDNTS) mean to you?

VDNTS is giving me a chance to put myself out there and prepare for the music industry and hopefully Broadway. Being included with some great talent this year meant the world to me. To see and hear these great singers and artists pushed me to perform to my best. I am already seeing the benefits of winning.

What inspired you to become a musician?

I started out dancing and became aware of the music that I was dancing to, and how this music made me feel. This started me thinking about how I could create these same emotions and extend my creativity from dance through creating music as well. This allows me to express more of “me.”

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Starting down this path I felt all alone for all of 2 minutes when I realized how well the music community supports you as a growing artist. People were there to help with ideas, knowledge, and basic overall support. It is nice to see that even though we are in competition in some ways, we all seem to band together and help lift each other up. This is a career filled with several no’s before you get a yes. So hugs, fist bumps, high fives, and “woot woots” mean everything starting out.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge I face is struggling to find out who I am as an artist. Being from a very small town and wanting a career in broadway you find very few people who share your passion for Musical Theater. Most do not understand that Broadway is still a viable career path for me. Not all 16-year-olds want to sing country-pop or just regular pop. So when I break out into the rap “My Shot” from Hamilton it confuses people, because it is rap as well as Musical Theater.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Usually, I end up in my room with my phone so I can jot down words and quickly record melody and music ideas. The inspiration comes mainly from my friends and movies. So I will watch a movie all the way through and when it ends I seem to get inspired on where the characters will go after the film ends. Sometimes I catch myself finishing off a happily ever after, beginning a new era or just making a scary movie more frightening.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I have always enjoyed watching the “Wizard of Oz” and the character of Dorothy Gale. It was a dream come true when I got to play her with Dream Weavers Theater. It was a pleasure sharing the stage with all of the talented young men and women.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have been honored and excited to have shared the stage with amazing dancers such as Kent Boyd and Molly Gray from “Teen Beach Movie.” To this date, I have not been able to share the stage with any of my Broadway Idols but Katherine McPhee (see picture) touched my face at the stage door for “Waitress.” One day we will sing together!!

Anything else you want to share?

This whole experience with VDNTS has been an amazing journey. I would like to thank the judges and the people who run this event. They made it easy and fun to participate even though we were not able to travel due to the COVID19 outbreaks. 

You can find Kari at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kari-erickson.

Music Artist Spotlight- Sativa

Posted on January 28, 2020 by admin

Congratulations on winning the 2020 SpringBoard West Music Competition!  How would you describe your experience at SpringBoard West?  What stood out to you?

My experience at SpringBoard was fantastic! I didn’t really know what to expect but was very impressed by how well it was put together. I’ll be attending a second SpringBoard in the future.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My family inspired me. My mother and siblings are big music fans so it was always around me from the beginning. I wanted to give them all better lives. To me music is the best platform to reach the masses and inspire people through my messages in my songs. I believe my purpose on earth is help as many people as I can and my talents coincide with that in this way.   

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I was surprised to find someone I was going to work with whom claimed they wrote a song for me actually lied about writing the song after I randomly found the exact same song on the internet.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge to date is juggling my work life with music. I’m an indie artist so everything Sativa music that’s out there is because I put it there. I’m my own manager, promoter, stylist, writer, travel agent, financial advisor, researcher, designer and marketer. I have to manage my time wisely.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

If I’m starting with a beat, then how it makes me feel inside will tell me what the song should be about. If I’m just writing because something catchy just popped into my head, I’ll repeat it over and over with a melody and just build from there. Most of the time though it starts from after thoughts from a conversation, somebody’s story or personal experiences.   

Tell us about your most memorable performances. Performing on a daytime television show inside Cox studios in Virginia was really cool because it was only the production crew there and no real audience. It gave me a taste of pre-recorded showbiz. The  SpringBoard West festival has been my favourite though because I pulled it all together last minute and it all worked out. Plus performing outside facing the Pacific Ocean with palm trees on the coast right before sunset made that moment unforgettable.

You can find Sativa at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/sativa.

Music Artist Spotlight- Srushti Gubbi

Posted on November 15, 2019 by admin

What does winning the 2019 Kentucky Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

Srushti

It was like a dream come true. I participated in Dream Night Talent Search when I was 10 years old for the 1st time in 2016. I was amazed looking at all the extremely talented singers. I learned a lot watching other singers, took home some good lessons and started working on it. I came back 3 years later to Dream Night Talent Search as a much more confidant singer.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My brother used to sing at school & family gatherings when he was small. Back then I was just a toddler. When he was rehearsing the songs, toddler I was playing around and without even realizing it, I would memorize the tune & lyrics of the complete song. I also started singing with him a year later and felt happy when my friends & family appreciated my singing. I became more serious a few years later & enjoyed singing.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I’m a middle schooler so I still haven’t seriously pursued music to be my career. I’m working on improving my singing skills at this moment.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I was able to sing songs in higher scale when I was 10 but I started noticing that gradually my voice was changing & I couldn’t sing the songs which I would sing easily before. I struggled for 2 years but never gave up rehearsing. Now it feels like I’m slowly getting back on track.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I’m still not so much into writing lyrics but slowly beginning to write few lines here and there. Hope I get into the habit of writing & composing soon instead of just doing covers.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I was honored to perform from the center court of Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York at US Open 2018. That was the first time I was performing in front of such a huge crowd. I was ecstatic when they picked me up from the hotel where I was staying. I had to give an interview before my performance. I felt like a celebrity and it all happened like a dream.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

No, this was probably my 4th competition including the one I did when I was only 7 years old. I haven’t explored opportunities much in Western music. But I have had the opportunities to share stages with legends from Bollywood.

Anything else you want to share? I would like to thank Wendy Kay of Dream Night Talent Search for this great opportunity. I want to thank all the honorable judges for the wonderful feedback and tips. I also want to thank all the talented singers who participated for their love & friendship.

You can find Srushti at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/shubhadarao.

Music Artist Spotlight- Kenna Denease

Posted on June 19, 2019 by admin

What does winning the 2019 Georgia Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

Dream Night means a lot to me. The experience of meeting amazing artists, and learning from the best. But, winning was the most amazing part of it all. Honestly going in thinking I was going to fail because I didn’t have my band, and then winning? Just wow. I can’t thank the judges enough.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My musical inspiration was most likely my biological father. He was a musician for most of his life, playing trumpet in the church band, and singing in the choir. It was almost like I had a piece of him after my parents divorced. But, my Choir teachers and Theatre teachers commended me for my talent every year, and that’s when I knew that it was something I wanted to do.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

I encountered a lot of surprises in my music career, but I think the biggest one was becoming a lead singer for a band that I was lucky enough to create. And, being lucky enough to still be playing with my guys for 5 years, and being a strong band by ourselves for 3 years.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge up until now was dealing with my Uncle passing away. He was murdered almost 7 years ago, and just seeing my family fall apart was the hardest thing to witness as a kid. But, in the end my family was stronger.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

My original music normally comes pretty fast just because I write with my best friend, who plays guitar. But I get my inspiration from things that happen in my life. For example, the first song I wrote was about my Uncle.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance was when I was apart of the School Of Rock in Rockwall, Texas. We were performing on the Gotham Stage in Six Flags. I wasn’t on stage singing and the next song up was my favorite, Creep by Radiohead. I remember looking out at my mom and she was crying. I had kids I didn’t even know reaching their hands out at me. It was just an amazing experience.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

In 2017 I sang a song with Austin Allsups. On my birthday in 2017 I sang with my former vocal coach Cole Ragsdale. Also at the last Dream Night in Greenville, Texas, I got up and harmonized with Matthew Fiock.

You can check out Kenna at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/kenna-denease.

Music Artist Spotlight- Will Gurley

Posted on May 3, 2019 by admin

What does winning the 2019 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

Man, winning this competition was an absolute rollercoaster. I was in the 2018 Missouri Dream Night, and Ms. Wendy Kay will back me up on this, but I was horrible. I had the passion, but that is just about it. The judges suggested a few things and my entire approach to music changed. Now, being an avid member of the theatre community, it was amazing to get to perform songs that come from musicals and actors in them. 

What inspired you to become a musician?

My dad was always playing guitar when I was young, so that sparked my interest. As I got older, I became more of a performer and my love for being on a stage made me want to be a musician. 

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

My biggest surprise has been falling in love with musical theatre. Just about a year and a half ago, I was in my first play and quickly fell in love.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

The most challenging part of my music career has been balancing life, school, and music. I always have ideas and want to get them down, and I always want to be performing or playing music, so balancing that and social life and school as well as my Christian faith.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Oh my. My writing process is insane. I will start sometimes with a riff, a bass line, or just a melody in my head, or a lyric I want to build a song around, or sometimes I will just start writing and it turns into a song. A lot of my lyrics are semi-autobiographical with lyrics drawn from my life experiences.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performances include playing at the 2018 You Matter Festival (which I will be returning to this year!) and that was just an amazing experience. Getting to share my music and my story through a positive environment specifically for helping raise awareness for mental health issues was just incredible. My other one on the list has to be Dream Night Talent Search Texas. It was so amazing to get to be surrounded by such talented individuals and to have the chance to gain knowledge from some of the biggest industry professionals was so surreal. Another memorable performance of mine was playing Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. I am the youngest child, so I haven’t spent a lot of time with younger kids, but all of the sudden I had 13 of them! It was such an incredible time and almost all of them call me “dad” to this day. 

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

One of my favourite performances was with Addie Sartino and the Greeting Committee and the You Matter Festival last year, and that was a super cool show.

Anything else you want to share?

My ultimate goal as of now is to make it to Broadway. Not only am I an actor, but I write and have written a musical that will soon be finished, so that is the goal!  

You can check out Will at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/willgurley.

Music Artist Spotlight- Davin-lee Chavez

Posted on July 30, 2018 by admin

2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent SearchWhat does winning the 2018 Missouri Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?

It means a lot honestly. I never thought that I could be capable of doing something so amazing!

What inspired you to become a musician?

When I was little I was in my churches children’s choir. I loved the feeling of performing, whether it be with others or by myself. I chased the feeling and started doing karaoke at a local restaurant in my hometown and it just got bigger from there!

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

When I was 12 I was in my first ever singing contest. I was so excited and met so many amazing people, but I figured out that not every singer is as nice as they appear. It’s sad but true.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge when it comes to singing has been overcoming my stage fright. I have never been a shy kid by any means, but I’ve always been scared to sing in front of huge crowds. TalentWatch has helped me a lot in my stage presentation and has taught me that anyone can sing music, but an artist performs it!

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I actually don’t write any songs at the moment but I would love to learn or collaborate with any other singer/songwriter interested!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

I have to say that performances to me are always important whether it be karaoke or opening for a band. But the most memorable one has been the Missouri Dream Night Talent Search. Everyone was so talented and it was an honor to perform on such a wonderful stage. The crowd wasn’t huge, but that isn’t what makes a memorable performance!

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have opened for Clint Black a while back.

Anything else you want to share?

I just want to make sure that everyone knows to follow their dreams. I’ve done 3 dream nights and because I never gave up, I won and met some amazing people while doing it!

You can check out Davin-lee at https://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/davis73703.

Music Artist Spotlight- Daniel Sapphire

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin

What does winning the 2018 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you?2018 Dream Night Talent Search Competition

Winning the Texas dream night means a lot. It gives you a lot more confidence for sure. To know that some of the music industry’s best like who you are and like what you do. That itself speaks volumes, besides the advice they give you to help you along in your music career.

What inspired you to become a musician? 

Honestly, I’m more of an artist than a musician. Yes, I’m a trained percussionist, but I love the art of creating something that no one has heard.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Fans! I love the fans! They’re the first ones to let you know when you get off the stage, that what you did lifted their spirits, made them laugh or cry. I like hearing everyone’s story and being an artist allows you to meet people from every walk of life. It’s a big plus for sure.

What has been your biggest challenge to date? 

Honestly, picking out which cajón I want to take with me everywhere I go. Haha.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs? 

Living life. Life gives me music to write. Either my story, a friend’s story or just what’s going on in the world. There’s a song in everything and everyone. You just have to be open to it.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Texas Dream Night by far. Being on that stage where many artists have performed. That was the highlight of it all. The Texan Theater has had artists like Toni Tony Tone to Big bad voodoo daddy’s and I got to sing on that stage. I feel blessed.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I sang with the band from Small World in San Antonio, which was pretty awesome!

Anything else you want to share? 

Follow my Facebook page, Instagram. Just Google Daniel Sapphire and I’m the first cat at the top! Thank y’all! Blessings!

You can check out Daniel at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/danielsapphire8.

 

Music Artist Spotlight- London Lawhon

Posted on May 22, 2017 by admin

What does winning the 2017 Texas Dream Night Talent Search mean to you? 

Winning TDNTS meant I won over a little bit of the battle with confidence as an artist I was struggling with, winning, and just being around other artists who respected what I do so much and voiced that respect really resonated with me! The grand prize will also help fund my trip/shows in LA this summer which is a blessing!

What inspired you to become a musician?

I’ve always loved music from an early age, but what inspired me to become a musician is the connection and control the performers I would watch on TV and online had over their audience. It amazed me how a single song could bring a person to tears yet inspire another to overcome obstacles. I wanted to know what it felt like to stand back on stage and hear a crowd sing my lyrics back to me, so I told myself I was going to try until I made it reality.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

Every day is a new surprise in the music industry. I’ve come to realize that I tend to surprise myself every time I step on stage. The real surprise though is the competition aspect of everything you’re working towards in a music career. In a way Texas Dream Night Talent Search is a small scale taste of the industry, there are hundreds upon thousands of performers looking to take your spot, so you have to make it count. That was always a shock to the system when I thought about it.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

My biggest challenge to date comes in two parts. The first is finding shows to play in my area, and the second is having the guts to play locally in front of people I know in the community. In Houston venues for my music are hard to find, but when I do find them it takes a little extra courage to play the places just because people who know you personally tend to judge a little more.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

When writing lyrics, I always draw inspiration from the emotions I fight daily because of my anxiety. It’s always an emotional moment when I get the words down, then subsequently a release when I find the chord progression that fits the mood just right. I write my experiences of love, life, and music!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

My most memorable performance was in the Klein Variety Show 2016 where I was the grand finale act. I had done the show for 4 years and it was my last chance to get on stage to sing for my friends before we all parted ways. I sang Stone Cold- by Demi Lovato and the crowd went insane! I had my friends and myself in tears by the end. So fun!

Anything else you want to share? 

I was so blessed to be a part of Texas Dream Night Talent Search. The people and the experience will be with me for the rest of my life I know! Thank you to the judges Wendy, Chad, and Debi for the feedback and knowledge! I am working on new music and new videos very soon!

You can check out London at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/londonlawhon

Music Artist Spotlight- Ashley Yankello

Posted on November 27, 2016 by admin

What does winning 2016 Ohio Dream Night Talent Search Competition mean to you?  Music Competition Winner

It makes me very happy and thankful to be selected out of all of the amazingly talented artists in the event.

What Inspired You to Become a Musician?

My mother inspired me.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

One instance comes to mind when I performed “Le Jazz Hot!” in a pageant where the microphone stand wasn’t tightened and it started sliding down, but I had to keep going!

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Having to perform with a lingering cold and sore throat.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

So far I’ve mainly performed cover songs, but I do like to experiment with lyrics that come into my head and while playing with my keyboard.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Performing the National Anthem on a Friday night at a Major League Baseball Game in front of 30,000 fans.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I performed a duet with The Jaggerz, who had a gold record, on the 4th of July.

You can check out Ashley at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/ashley-marina-yankello