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Why Indie Artists Miss Out At Concerts

Monday, November 16, 2015MsAvaBella

For about 4 years now, I've enjoyed some of my favorite shows at various venues throughout the country. As most of you know by now, my genre is R AND B music. While my background is varied, from Italian Opera to Spanish Folklore to Gospel, I enjoy a wide variety of music. Growing up, I listened to everything from Madonna to George Michael to Luther Vandross to Sade to Anita Baker to Mary J. Blige. From time to time, I even rocked out to a little Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses. But I realize that stepping outside of comfort zones is a stretch for some artists. I have friends and relatives who will join me at a Punk show, then 5 seconds  (not minutes), they are ready to go. While everything ain't for everybody, it's really an awesome idea to venture outside of your normal stomping grounds and see a show. I don't care whether it's Indie or not, it still will provide you with great insight into what's working with your musical peers, a great time, and a chance to meet potential fans or other lovers of music. If you're interested, keep reading or scroll on down to watch my youtube on this topic.

Here we go, Reason #1:

The music industry is huge, diverse world where everybody can find there place. All of the artists that I named above are all different in that they have different backgrounds and musical styling. The one thing that they have in common is music. They all make music. They all have fans. They all have to sell merch. Most importantly, they all have to sell music. What better way to know what is happening in the music industry then to get out, see a show, and hear (observe) it first-hand. It's that simple. From the most recent show I attended at Kansas City's Uptown Theater, I was able to watch the stage set-up, the merch table management and set-up, how many people had tickets in hand versus walk-up purchases, stage transitions, drink pricing at the venue, who had green room access; I mean you name, I saw it all! Not to mention the Lord Huron Show was pretty e-double-effin awesome! The warm up with Jose Gonzalez was the ish, too!

Reason #2

You know the saying..."you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places..."(or something like that). The percussion by Jose Gonzalez took me AWAY! His harmonies were unexpected and drew me in. Before I knew it, I was swaying and smiling because it got in me; I was inspired. Sometimes, that's all it takes folks. Sometimes, it's the rhythm. Sometimes its the lyrics. By no means, am I saying plagiarize. What I am saying is: DON'T BE SO BUSY LIVING, THAT YOU FORGET TO MAKE A LIFE (totally, not my saying; can't remember who said it first)! When I have issues downloading my own music (I don't believe in writer's block), I go see a show to get some inspiration. It's all there! The energy exchange between the audience and the musicians. It's right there in whatever room, big or small, you'll find it. Sometimes you have to (feel) see it, to remember...

Reason #3

I've had the opportunity at many a show to strike up a conversation with fellow lovers of music. You never know where that can lead folks! Often times, it could be a fellow artist that I'm seated next to that may need some session work. Even if it's not the right fit for me, I'm always on the look out for opportunities to share with you guys. Sometimes, I will say it, you just need to be around people who appreciate music the same way you do. Everybody doesn't get chills when they hear a Minnie Ripperton song, but I know about 5 solid people that do. There aren't many people who understand the eloquence of UGK's Ridin' Dirty album and most would totally freak out when they hear me say each line, word for word, but a lot of people think the album is classic. I know a couple of people who appreciate, the minds of Kendrick Lamar and the artistically awesome approach of Depeche Mode, but some folks can't get down with the get down (Last one)! 

What I'm trying to impress upon you is this: you don't know where your artistic journey will lead you. Be open. Be open to listen, to hear, and to be inspired by all the diversity that lies within our creative field. 

That's all for now. Here's a lil' video...

Remember there is ART to everything. 


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