BANDS ON LOCKDOWN
A PHOTOSHOOT TO 'LIGHT UP OUR CHRISTMAS'
AS WITH PRETTY MUCH EVERY INDUSTRY AT THE MOMENT – COVID-19 IS GIVING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY A DAMN GOOD KICKING...
The industry has already been forced to adapt over the past few decades. Huge losses in revenue from physical sales due to downloads / steaming services meant that income was at an all-time low across the industry by 2010.
Bands have needed to do a lot more touring; festivals and creative thinking with things such as merchandise and social media sessions to bring the cash in - particularly the smaller bands. This article gives a great visual overview of the changing trends in the industry over the past few decades. - https://www.visualcapitalist.com/music-industry-sales/)
Covid-19 has of course meant touring has been postponed for the time being. Bands have been thinking creatively to keep up their momentum, promote themselves and help ease the boredom for the rest of us without gigs to go to.
Here are a few examples of this creative thinking:
Gigs from home
Some bands have streamed live gigs from home - some taking live song requests as they go. From huge artists including Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Elton John and Green Day.
Chris Martin (Coldplay):
Tim Burgess (The Charlatans vocalist) has been arranging nightly listening parties.
Every weekday night, a classic album is selected - everyone presses play at 10pm and listens along together. Tim invites the people involved in making each record onto Twitter to discuss track by track and everyone can chip in with their own questions.
Demand has been so big that he has setup a dedicated website - https://timstwitterlisteningparty.com/
If you’re bored and looking for something musical outside the Coronavirus related online gigs / listening parties, I’d recommend:
NPR Tiny Desk Sessions - The guys at NPR got fed up of reviewing bands in venues with rubbish sound systems - so invited a few to play at their office desk. They reviewed and recoded their performance and the whole thing has since taken off. There is a huge array of artists carrying out unique performances here - https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/?t=1586356946461
Tenementt TV - More UK based stripped down sessions from a wide range of bands. https://www.youtube.com/user/tenementtv
Rick Beato Channel - If you are a music geek, Rick’s stuff is amazing – he’s an American music producer. https://www.youtube.com/user/pegzch
Andertons Music - Another great music geek channel - their ‘Sounds like ENTER BAND NAME on a budget’ series are top music geek fodder! https://www.youtube.com/user/AndertonsMusic
Colin Furze – So… this guy has zero to do with music! It’s a bit of sneaky addition - but… he is a true English eccentric inventor and I think it’s the best channel on YouTube!