Props For Props, artist either use them on stage or for photo shoots, this is to emphasis what they are and how they feel to their genre of music.Their props are usually their instruments or something they add to their costume, this adds to their trademark, such as Lady Gaga’s glasses where they are large and look fashionable to her use. I have used Lady Gaga as an example because she use a prop like a microphone and dress it up by using diamontiesto make it look iconic. For my magazine I find it important to add props because it highlights what kind of person my artist is. I will need to decide whether I will include instruments, and decide what will be appropriate for my front cover. I will have to have a colour scheme to suit my artist’s new released song, such as love songs and partying. If it about a party then my colours will be green, blue and darker shades of colours to make it look realistic. This can promote the CD covers and the music magazine because it can look iconic.
Colour Pop artist have a range of colours to choose from, this is make them look iconic and symbolise their genre ‘Pop’. This suggest that the colours are friendly and interesting so this appeal to a younger audience and indicates that this current music since it is the charts. Their chose of song indicates what colours shall represent their emotion towards the song, such as someone singing a love song , their colours would be red, yellow, pink to represent an happy emotion in their album covers, music videos and front covers of a music magazine. Cheryl Cole is wearing red and military jacket to show that she wants to fight for her love. Katy Perry’s theme is slightly different because its to show what emotion she shows in her music video of ‘California gurls’ , that she is confident and undesirable girl to her fans.
Costume An artist’s costume has to define what music genre they represent. For example you wouldn’t see folk style artist dressed in something like Lady Gaga would wear. A costume is important because that artist wants to sell their CDs with the right image, so it appeals their audience. Lady Gaga’s costumes are outrageous but her costumes are iconic symbol at the same time. We see that she expressing herself through the way she looks, by having unusual hairstyles, outfits, and makeup, this maybe because she confident or hides behind a mask to feel comfortable when she is performing. Many artist are inspired to dress for who they are by previous artist; for example Lady Gaga might have been influenced by Madonna because Madonna have an unusual look but iconic at the same time. Madonna set off trends and new fashions such as the cone bra, where in the future you see Lady Gaga wearing it for one of her concerts. As you can see Lady Gaga revamps her Madonna style cone bra, into a bra that explodes into fireballs while she was performing. In my opinion I don't think a colour of a costume is that important because the creativity of costume idea makes it look bold and iconic to their fan. It intrigues a wider audience and gives you a good instinct that their live concerts is better than the music you hear on radio.
Instruments Typical instruments used in pop music are: Vocals -MicrophoneElectric/Bass Guitars Drums Keyboards Piano Acoustic guitar Synthesizers - electrical key boardsDrum machinesWhen an artist is using a microphone, it is the main purpose so they can sing and it also helps to project their voice. An electric guitar can mix two types of genre of music , pop and rock music, this indicates that it an popular instrument for users. Electric keyboards is another important instrument because artist that have a style of music such as La Roux whereby her music is mostly played on keyboard to give that futuristic pop edge to it. Drums are another important instrument because it helps keep the rhythm and makes it easier for people to dance to the songs.