An interview with Steven Flam, founder of BreathingRx
By Elisabeth Commanday Swim, M.A.
Steven Flam is an internationally recognized singing expert. He helps singers who, despite working hard, are still stuck at a certain level. In short, his clients learn to stop vocal failure before it starts. I sat down with him to talk about the latest Guardian article Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice.
Elisabeth: The Guardian article made the rounds pretty quickly on social media, and is read by both fans and singers. Why do you think it is so popular? What wisdom does it offer for a singer afraid of going the way of Adele?
Steven: First of all, I love Adele’s passionate and powerful style of singing and it’s terrible to think she might not be able to sing anymore! Singing is a whole body art. In order to become a strong singer with a healthy technique, a singer needs to build a strong foundation of organized breath. This can seem very basic but it is an investment of time and energy that pays itself back almost immediately. This needs to happen throughout a singer’s career, in order to maintain the voice as a healthy and expressive instrument. If you are missing this key component of your technique, it is never too late to embrace it. Without having to unlearn any of your previous training you can find your own vocal fountain of youth through The BreathingRx For Singers System.
Elizabeth: How can a singer use your work along with their voice teacher’s established program?
Steven: Breathing Rx For Singers is ideal for singers who have struggled with persistent hindrances to their technique. It adds the right understanding and techniques to a singer’s tool bag so they can sing with ease anywhere at any time.
As I have worked with hundreds of singers and voice teachers, I have seen that, without fail, this system paves the way for healthier and easier singing. In fact it helps singers fix the most common and harmful mistakes that they don’t even know they are making. I want singers to know that any voice teacher whose goal is a healthy, sustainable vocal technique will be fully compatible with my system.
Elizabeth: I remember in my own experience as a student, a lot of the mistakes I made were a result of me misinterpreting my voice teacher’s instructions or taking them to one extreme or another. Can BreathingRx for Singers help with this?
That’s exactly why this system works so well for students and teachers! Until now, a common language of physical use of the instrument has not been developed. [link to workshop]BreathingRx[/end link] gives both students and teachers a common language and a common understanding of the body as an instrument. This helps singers understand their bodies, and their teachers. With Breathing Rx for Singers in place, a student and teacher can work efficiently and quickly toward optimal performance in every lesson.
Elizabeth: Tell me more about this vocal fountain of youth.
Steven: Every singer has access to limitless potential to their voice. To access this the singer needs to get out of their own way. While most singers have heard this before, hearing and doing are two different things. In my upcoming online workshop will share the three most common and harmful mistakes that stop singers from reaching their potential. After my master class you will understand how to remove those blocks, so that you can get the technical know-how and confidence you need to be your best everywhere you sing.