advice need stage name issue

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Member Since: Sep 27, 2005

Dear Abby's
My daughter was invited to play guitar / sing at a local event promoted by one of the FM stations in town. Her music posted on myspace, songramp has been under what she plans as a stage name. She sings her own songs and has received great feedback online. All of her friends know she sings, in fact her entire school knows. But only a few of her friends know of her stage name.
Since she'll be performing in public do you think she should use her birth name or stage name? She's just sixteen and a senior in high school, would it be too pretentious at this point? If you think it's too early when does one change?

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bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Sep 08, 2006 11:39 am

I don't know about it being too pretentious, but she has to embrace it. She has to be comfortable with it. If she is serious about her stage name, then I think she should use it.

Just say something like, my name is "sarah" (or whatever), but I go by the name of Songramp. I actually don't think it's pretentious at all, but I come from a Hip Hop perspective, and almost everybody uses a stage name.

Plus if she wants recognition, and she starts by using her real name, and then starts using songramp, people won't put two and two together when she makes the switch. From a branding/marketing standpoint (I know, no one wants to think about their music like that, but...) it's better to stay consistent.

pop music
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Since: Sep 27, 2005


Sep 08, 2006 11:50 am

Coolo,
Sorry I wasn't more clear but her stuff is on myspace.com and songramp.com. You opinion is greatly appreciated, thanks for responding.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Sep 08, 2006 11:54 am

heh, i looked for songramp under myspace too. Songramp is another website =).

Being a single artist, she may be better to use her real name.

I'm thinking along the lines of avril lavigne, sarah macglaughlin (sp?), sheryl crow, etc.

I'm thinking that if/when she starts being more 'market' friendly, her fan base locally will be a big asset, and they know her as her real name. If you start using the stagename, you may skip right past her existing fan base, like coolo says.

post her addy on myspace, i'm curious now.

pop music
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Since: Sep 27, 2005


Sep 08, 2006 03:57 pm

>post her addy on myspace, i'm curious now.
I sent you an email.

Prince CZAR-ming
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Since: Apr 08, 2004


Sep 08, 2006 04:19 pm

hmph, i didna receive anything. oh well, no biggie.

as an aside, i just got a call from a friend, asking if I'd give his daughter lessons on guitar. She's around 16 as well.

Good luck with your daughter's endeavors.

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
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Since: May 11, 2002


Sep 08, 2006 04:41 pm

I would say it depends on the stagename and the audience. I would default with the stagename basically to throw off the creeps... but if it's sopmething she'll grow out of... like anything with 'lil' before it... it's something she would need to embrace for the rest of her life...

I am zekthedeadcow, if I did techno I'd be DJ Zek... if I did a solo project I'd probably be Zek... I've used zekthedeadcow for about 11 years... if I try to join a forum which I can't use Zekthedeadcow I don't join, etc.


Czar of Midi
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Since: Apr 04, 2002


Sep 08, 2006 08:42 pm

steveo, I must agree with coolo on the point of embracing the stage name. I have performed, recorded, produced and enginered under 47 differant names. I dont find it hard at all to keep my real name out of most things. Except now people can google noize2u and find the real me. But they still cant find any of the others.

I have used the Noize2U name on and off for just shy of 30 years now. I dont regret it at all. As for using her real name, while I do agree there have been many artists of late using their real names, there are still as many or more using stage names. So it is a toss up as far as fame goes.

I think honestly, if she can cope with performing under a stage name and not loose site of her real name when fame hits, then it all good. But in the end, it is really her decision to make. And aside from that, her friends may find it very cool that she has an alter ego when she is on stage.

Now I must admit I am curious as well who this performer is, and what her music sounds like.

Noize

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Since: Aug 13, 2005


Sep 09, 2006 04:33 am

Some people find a cool stage name that sounds like a real name,this can be usefull sometimes when you may want to say "no that wasn't me"Did some backing for a guy named Ross Mcmanus in the olden days and he said his son was doing well recording his own songs in London.We thought thats nice,a proud father.The son was Elvis Costello.I occasionally back a singer now who's son is doing well in the pop scene,Robbie Williams dad.It must be my age,groan!

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