HiLife fest 2019 is upon us! And we are loving it!
Regional auditions and selections have already taken place in Akwa, and Enugu and with two more locations to go, it’s safe to say the competition is heating up.
With so many talented acts trooping in to compete for the grand sum of 5 million naira, contestants have had to up their game, and this has led to some breathtaking performances.
However, if you are still unsure of what you need in your armoury to stake a claim at any of the regional auditions, have no worries. Here are 5 tips and hacks to ace your Hiife Fest auditions.
- Know Your Audience
To be successful at any musical audition, it is important that you know how to read the room. You have to understand how the audience reacts to certain stage antics as well as when to turn up the tempo. Typically the judges and the audience (provided you make the regional knockout) will be looking for those bits of smart thoughtful lyrics, rendered over a melodious tune. So before you grace the stage, think carefully about how you want to impress the audience and be very strategic with how you engage with those judging you or cheering you on.
2. Whatever You Do, Don’t be Boring
There’s nothing worse than a lifeless performance! And with Hi-Life Fest set to air across TV stations in Africa, the last thing you want to be is a highlight reel for laughs and ridicule.
So whatever you do, make sure you come to the auditions beaming with excitement and energy.
3. Playing An Instrument May Give You An Advantage
This year’s icon for Hi-Life Fest is the guitar and it’s no surprise that one of the winners of regional knockout in Awka is a skilled guitarist. Many have already tipped him to go all the way but with 2 sets of auditions left, the competition is still very open. If you are looking for something to set you apart from the crowd, then performing with a guitar or any other musical instrument may just give you an edge.
4. Be Confident, But Not Arrogant
All great highlife artists have a rare blend of confidence and humility. Any contestant who is looking to go all the way in this competition must also be able to imbibe these two traits. The judges will be looking for artists who are confident enough to deliver an entertaining performance but humble enough to learn and improve their craft.
5. Add Some “Life” To Your Performance
Hi-Life Fest is proudly sponsored by Life Lager, and it’ll be smart to add some bits of the brand in the melody and lyrics of your highlife renditions. This will help show your creativity and will certainly get the crowd moving as they enjoy the refreshing taste of Life Continental Lager.
So there you have it, 5 tips to acing your HiLife Fest auditions. Follow these tips and you just may be the next HiLife King and the winner of 5 million naira.
For more information on the auditions; timeline and dates, head on to Life lager’s social media pages, @LifeLger_ng.