Music for Clowns
It is definitely worth the effort to use clown music in your performance. Whether is is for serious competition or just for dancing, music can complement the occasion!
In a group skit, it can help everyone stay on beat and get your routine moving along a nice quick pace. You don’t just want any kind of music to accompany the performance. It needs to fit with the mood of the skit/gag. Music becomes your partner in a performance.
Take some extra time to find the right tunes if your routine has a theme (for example: Western music for the “Stage Coach” skit). Be sure to practice with the music.
Do you do line work for face-painting or balloon-twisting? Having a playlist of upbeat songs sets a happy mood, fills dead space, and gives you a rhythm for your work!
At birthday parties, after your stage show, you may want to have some fast-paced electronic dance music to get the kids up and moving. Do some silly dances with them. After sitting for a while for your performance, the children may be antsy and the parents would be grateful for you helping them burn off excess energy.
Clown Music for Yourself
You may even want to put together your own feel-good clown music mix on CD, MP3, or online playlist to use while you are putting your make-up on or driving in the car to the event! Olympic athletes have their own customized work-out music to get them pumped-up, why shouldn’t clowns?
5 things to know for using music:
- No Words — That’s right, you want instrumental music with no one singing along. It is very distracting to have music with a vocalist in the background, even if you are only twisting balloons or face painting. I assure you, it does not matter how funny you think the lyrics are.
- Royalty Free — You don’t want to worry about paying royalties. This is probably not a big concern for those of you doing parties in private homes. But if you are hired for a big festival, A.S.C.A.P. representatives have been known to check up on people playing music that would have a royalty fee attached to it. Better safe than sorry! YouTube has developed a library of instrumental music that is free to the public (CLICK HERE).
- Invest in your own sound system — They have come down in price, and there are a great variety of options on the market nowadays. You can download your favorite songs onto your smartphone or tablet and carry a small speaker system with you. It makes you more valuable to a client who is hiring you when you are self sufficient. Performing outdoors? Think about your electrical power supply, extension cords, adapter cables, auxiliary input/output cables, and a back-up battery.
- Technical Difficulties — Using the event center’s sound system? Check with the tech people at least a week ahead of your event to make sure what types of files will play on their sound system. MP3? WAV? Something really old, or really new? Be prepared with a back-up plan! If you plan on using your smartphone or tablet, then burn a CD and bring a CD player and auxiliary cables to be on the safe side.
- Sound Check — Make sure your clown music you play isn’t too loud that it is annoying or too soft that it is pointless. Do a sound check before your show if possible. You can also have the music repeat so you don’t run out in case your routine runs a bit long. If you use your smartphone for music, make sure you turn it on “Airplane” mode and mute all the other notification alarms before you start your music. Few things are more embarrassing than having your parents call in the middle of your show!
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