In this Preshow Rituals segment, the electro pop artist, SVRCINA, reveals what she does before taking the stage.


In this Preshow Rituals segment, the electro pop artist, SVRCINA, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the rituals, after the break.

​​I do have a few habits prior to a show on that day!! Some things have been constant, but I do like to try new tips or stumble on something and see what works best.
In the morning, I definitely prefer to simmer in peaceful quiet and move a bit slower. I’m a big journaler, so I will sit down for a bit, journal, do a bible study, and just get centered for the day. On the whole, it’s been a huge part of my morning in general and helps my day get started on a better note. If I can, I’ll also try to go for a walk or run, but sometimes doesn’t happen. Before I get ready, I love slapping on calming under-eye patches, because I have hereditary dark circles and pretty legit eye bags that are not stellar, so it’s a nice self-care gem, and maybe public service to minimize the tired vibes.
I’ll go on a periodic wave of taking voice lessons to learn new techniques and check in with my vocal health. In the last round of lessons I took in the spring of 2020, I worked with Wendy Parr and she taught me how to use VOCAL STRAWS. They’ve been immensely helpful. I now have a pack of their different-sized metal straws that I will use to help me do vocal warm-ups while I’m getting ready. I’ll put the straws in a bottle of water, and have a series of 5 scales that are about 4-5 minutes each. Depending on how my voice is feeling, I’ll use a different diameter size straw, which different sizes of straws mean a different level of resistance. If my voice is really tight or tired, I’ll use a larger straw so it’s not as much pressure. Putting the straws in a bottle of water also increases the level of resistance on your vocal cords, so getting in tune with how I’m feeling will help me to determine what I need to do, and makes a huge difference in feeling vocally flexible & equipped. And sometimes I will also do a few wall sits while I’m doing them to get my heart rate up.
For the most part, I’ve built a bit of a tolerance for drinking coffee, which is sometimes not advised, but if I don’t I usually look and sound exhausted lol. I’m learning personally that simplicity is most often a win for me, so room temp water when I’m singing is generally best, and I can’t really eat normal food beforehand, so if I do eat something, it’s usually pretty light, super salty and slightly oily.
I did also stumble on these ginger/lemon chews which have also changed my life and will eat a couple just before a performance. I will say though that I’ve had to pump the brakes on that cuz I get really nervous before a show and didn’t realize I would eat a million of them to calm my nerves, and that’s just not necessary, haha. A few of them are just fine.
And finally, because I don’t really eat before a show and by the time I’m done it’s usually late, I am a raging fan of popcorn, and specifically the Costco size bag of Skinny Pop. It takes me a bit to wind down after a show, so once I take my makeup off and throw on some pajamas, I definitely find a great thrill of sitting down with a bowl of popcorn, soda water, and maybe watching Heidi for the 59058 time. It’s so lovely.

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