The ten traits of the perfect frontperson


The best frontmen and -women all have something in common. Whether it's their ability to connect with a crowd or the swagger with which they carry themselves, their fashion sense, the intrigue that surrounds them or their reckless disregard for their own well-being, they all have that ineffable "it" factor. We recently conducted a highly scientific examination of a host of individual performances, and we took the data we gleaned from that analysis and combined it with our own anecdotal observations over the years and came up with the ten traits of the perfect frontperson. Keep reading to see what they are.

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A moment's hesitation on stage will always be noticed by an audience, and if it's not smothered quickly, you'll soon find yourself spiraling into self-conscious misery. Do you think M.I.A. thought twice before flicking off the Super Bowl halftime show camera, or that GG Allin ever worried if his ass looked pimply before he took a dump in his hand and flung it at everybody? Of course not. As Bono once said, performing on stage is like "jumping off a cliff and discovering you can fly." Without an abnormal level of self-belief, a frontperson is doomed.

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Easiest way to get our attention is to do something shocking. Our entire lives revolve around "shock factor." But the easiest way to keep our attention is to be a killin musician. Combining sex, mystery, relentless energy and absolute confidence with awesome music = sensation.

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Mark Bixler

the ability to sing and sound great without screaming into the mic !

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