So last weekend I had a really great gig in a pub in the New Forest. I was supporting a really lively band called Soulhole, you can check their FB page here, bournemouthsoulhole
They were amazing performers and it was great to be able to share in their evening and share my own music with the place. The people were listening intently and were really encouraging about my music and my vision,the challenge was that the pub was not as full as it could have been. Don’t get me wrong, it was an amazing night and I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but it got me wondering… where is everyone.
Towards the end of the evening I got talking about the challenge of being a performer in today’s music scene. The guy I was chatting to said that it’s hard to perform live in a culture where a large proportion of our lives is on a smartphone. I could see his point. When we go to live music nothing compares. The power to use the medium of music to communicate a message is still…powerful. The trouble is we forget what it feels like, what the experience is like. You can catch live streaming of music etc. in the comfort of your own home. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing that if you have had a hard day and just want to chill on your sofa and watch a gig… you can!
It means that for the performer an new challenge arises. How does one engage with the online audience, and invite them into your live experience. The fact of the matter is that live gigs are the bread and butter of most of the grassroots music scene. You’ve got to be playing live to ensure the necessary pay check to support your vision, music and family. It’s something that plays on my mind and i’m sure the minds of other musicians.
The guy I chatted to the other night talked about ‘re-educating’ the generations of the value of live music in changing peoples lives for the better. I think he’s right!
let me know what you think?
Matt JR Hurley