….COVID-19…”unprecedented”…horrible…[it’s all been said]…etc.
I acknowledge (gratefully) that I’m far luckier than most. But one gaping hole I’m really feeling in Victoria’s lockdown 2.0, is our inability gather in person to make and enjoy music together.
The tragedy and open-ended upheaval of the pandemic is worsened by an absence of the social and musical connection that is so often able to nourish us through tough times.
One obvious consolation is being able to collaborate, share, and still even perform remotely. It’s no substitute for the electric ephoria of sharing music in person, but I’ve had the chance to play a bunch of livestream gigs over the past few months.
Alongside the awkwardness of singing to a screen and receiving very little energy back, there are some charms – a strange sort of intimacy, the convenience of gigging without travelling (though I still managed to be late for one…), the ability to share with folks far away….
It’s been certainly been a fascinating learning experience. And definitely an affirming way to connect with folks in the doom of the first lockdown.
The lockdown co-incided with a big bunch of gigs and touring planned with Van Walker for the launch of his new album – meaning many of the livestreams I’ve played have been replacement sets with Van.
So here’s a smattering of some of the ‘online’ music activities of the past few months, in no particular order – from my first solo livestream on my dingy laptop, to a bunch of higher-production marathons with Van (including some cute ‘fly-in’ tributes to some favourite live music venues).
There’s a few missing (I hate, and love, that Instagram live videos disappear after they’re done… just like a real life gig), and perhaps a few more to come…
My first solo livestream – broadcast my clapped out laptop via the Earthworker Energy factory wi-fi for my footy club – was genuinely bizarre experience, and rather low-fi (as was the second).
Some were a little more highly produced… (https://youtu.be/eP40yOsyoHk)
Some cancelled-festival-substitute-livestreams with Van were fun (thanks for Matt Yales and the crew for prodicing!) but also served to highlight the sadness of the actual festival cancelation…
There were a few when restrictions first started easing… there were even people in the same room!
But that ended too soon… so it’s back to pretending we’re in real music venues…
There’ll be a few more that I might post here as they come up.
In the meantime, check out Van Walker’s brand new album (which I’m proud to be playing on), coming out August 28th.
In the lockdown-ed absence of gigs, I’ve also had the chance for some other remote collaborations – including recording some mood-music for the great new ‘SeaCreatures’ Podcast from Matt Testoni (check it out!), and a long-distance slow-jig with the awesome Alex Borwick (out soon).
But here’s to being together (musically and otherwise) soon…
Stay strong comrades.