Why did you learn to sing on Twitch? “Music is intrinsic to you, it’s not a function of your circumstances,” exclaimed Joshua Taylor. When we chatted in Episode 7 of the Pandemic-Proof Singer Series, Joshua shared with me how he sees the future of his performing career. In the midst of a pandemic and quarantine, like most of us, his live gigs have disappeared. In order to detach from the geographic dependent gig economy, he’s found hope in streaming.
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Before the pandemic hit he was a gigging guitarist, singer, and songwriter based in San Diego, California. His debut solo album, About Time, was released in 2015. In 2016, he and his wife Sandi King co-founded King Taylor Project. They immediately took to the road, playing hundreds of gigs in dozens of cities in the U.S. and Mexico. He was working on a series of house shows and public performances to showcase his recently written material with his new band and build support for his sophomore solo album.
He began experimenting with streaming months ago on the YouTube platform where he’d stream traditional planned sets. In between songs he’d respond to the chat. He found this to be too transmittal so he turned to the Twitch platform. Twitch is the world’s leading live streaming platform for gamers and an assortment of many other things. He’s now switched his format to creating electronic music through Ableton, fused with his live guitar performance. He’s loving the platform because it has it’s own culture, nerdy gamer jokes, and interactive experience. Check him out for yourself: Joshua Taylor Music Twitch
If you want to learn to sing on Twitch, here’s Joshua’s tips –
Learn to Sing on Twitch:
- First, decide if Twitch is the right platform for you. Once you pick your platform, that will inform your gear choices.
- Dig deep into why you want to do this. What is your artistic voice? What’s your mission or responsibility to the world?
- Create an account on Twitch. On a desktop computer, it’s as easy as clicking the “sign up” button and filling out the form.
- Give your stream a name.
- Select one of the content categories from the dropdown menu.
- Pick the camera you want to use.
- Share a link to your stream via apps you have on your phone.
- Press the “start stream” button, and you’ll be online.
What You’ll Need:
- To understand the gear you need, look at the signal chain. The end is your listener’s ears. The beginning is your mouth and instrument.
- Choose software to use for live streaming on Twitch. Joshua recommends OBS Studio — The top choice for many novice content creators, OBS Studio is a free, open-source streaming software with cross-platform compatibility.
- The central part of hardware in any streaming setup is the computer, the console, or the smartphone, depending on what you’re using.
- You’ll need a microphone and a camera.
- You’ll need an audio interface
Your Next Step
If you’re brand new to Twitch, explore the platform first. Watch what others are doing and think through how your artistry might fit in.
We’re in a new day and age that will challenge us to be innovative and use all of our experience and know-how to be successful at what we do. If you know you’ve got what it takes but don’t know where to start, I’d love to help. In my vocal coaching practice, we work on both your strategy and your craft. Contact me here if you’d like to work with me.
My most immediate piece of advice is to begin building your at-home vocal recording studio. If you want to work-from-home as a singer, record your songs, make YouTube, Instagram or Tik Tok videos, you’ll need to learn to do this.
Your opportunity is coming. Be ready for it. Pandemic-proof your singing career.
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Hi! I’m Danielle Tucker – singer, wife, mother, vocal coach, and creator of cool things.
Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve equally enjoyed singing country, rock, pop, gospel, and jazz. Today, I’m a professional singer/songwriter available for solo performances, studio recording, and lead vocalist of San Diego-based band The Mighty Untouchables. I also offer vocal coaching to both solo artists and groups through my own studio. I’ve crafted a rewarding vocal career, and it’s my great pleasure to bring music to others through private bookings, performing with my band, or helping others to grow more confident in their own vocal gifts. Thanks for visiting my site I’m honored that you’d like to get to know me!