Join us as Jenica Bell reveals what she does to prepare for taking the stage.


In this Preshow Rituals segment, the dream pop artist, Jenica Bell, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals below:

Preparing for a live show is two-fold for me: physically, and debatably the hardest part, is severely limiting my coffee in the 24 hours before I go live. This also includes staying away from any alcohol and junk food, anything that could cause me to wake up not feeling my best. As a singer, your body is your instrument, and it requires a lot of care to perform at its best. Also, as a piano player, I make sure to do a lot of finger and arm exercises the day of, so that I can play freely and expressively. Mentally, it can be a game-changer to do some affirmations, and visualize performing at your best and connecting with the listeners. It may sound silly, but if I don't do this intentionally, my mind will imagine the WORST case scenario, and it's all I will think about!

Aside from these, it's super important for me to remember to not take myself too seriously. Music is about passion and expression, it's about sharing a story or an emotion and not making it all about me or how perfectly I can perform. If my biggest goal is to pay flawlessly and accurately, it becomes stressful and soulless; I always make sure to have my mind in the right space--it's supposed to be real and intriguing, and overall, human. It's super important to prepare your mind and body to perform at your best, but once it's time to go on stage, it's all about making an emotional impact on the audience; making others feel understood and validated through your music.

Keep up with Jenica Bell on Soundcloud and Spotify.