I already leave it on the stage as a performer. I get lost and dig for every performance...can't help it. To an empty cafe, or to a packed listening audience...I bring it. I guess I felt like I wanted to keep something for me, my work, my poetry, my voice.... While busking all over the country I started to see the bravery of people. Putting it out there. Beautiful. If you are in a band, you are not betraying the band by growing as a solo artist. Plus it adds to the band. When you can let your vocalist rest, it's a win-win.
Art From Betrayal
I love Lisa Hannigan, not just for her beautiful voice. She is a fighter. After leaving (getting kicked out really) the of the band with Damien Rice (Here is the link to her interview with the Irish Times), She went solo and she killed it. In a good way. She found her voice and went song by song until she had an album. Undertow really showcases her style. It is on her album At Swim. Here are some steps she has taken and I am currently taking, going from an accompaniment to having a full solo set.
- GO FROM BACK UP VOCALS TO DUET STYLE SINGING
- GO FROM DUET SINGING TO HAVING A FEW SONGS A SET
- HAVE HALF A SET PREPARED OF THE BANDS SONG WITH A FEW OF YOUR OWN
- HAVE A WHOLE SET PREPARED OF YOUR OWN
Not only is it doable and not betraying your band, it is nothing but beneficial for a person to grow.