This has been updated in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Having taken on board the design thinking process, I have made some decisions surrounding the live show and what it will be and look like.
Firstly, I've worked things out with Ratio Studios and I'll be travelling up on the 10th around 2pm to prep for the live show to kick of at 7:30 (ish). The reason behind choosing Ratio Studios is because of the wow factor that will come with the show quality. The promo footage from their website looks phenomenal (link here), and as I know both Gavin and Emily very well, I trust in their abilities to pull it off. I have even worked on cameras for them during live stream events for live visuals at arena scale shows - they are GOOD. They have also implemented strict safety guidelines regarding COVID19 - there will only be them two and myself. Gavin will not leave the control room, and Emily will stay put in the corner with the lighting desk. All cameras are remotely accessible and controllable via a joystick.
I have planned for there to be two guest speakers. The first will be Krystal S Lowe who is the dancer and choreographer for my music video My, my. I will be chatting to her about the process behind creating the video and how we managed to communicate about physical ideas whilst only being allowed to talk digitally. Secondly I will be talking with Tobias Robertson who mixed and master my 3 latest singles. We're good friends and his music is an inspiration to me, so I am encouraging him to play a song for us too. The reason behind getting some guest speakers on board is that they have been very much a big part of the process during lockdown, and I feel they need to be seen/heard - so this is my way of giving back to them as best I can.
Social and Political factors. (updated)
I'm adding this section in here as it is certainly worth mentioning. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
The BLM movement is currently pouring across the world, and rightfully so in my opinion. I fully support the movement and am open to learning about how I can help. It is no longer enough to not be racist, we must be ANTI RACIST.
Lost of performers stopped releasing content in a solidarity with the movement, myself included. I participated in blackout Tuesday. Things are starting to reappear now and I am juggling with the timing of the live show - is it appropriate?
After some thought and discussions with friends over at the charity 'Show Racism the Red Card' (home I know from previously collaborating with), I have decided to go ahead with the show and I shall try my best to support the anti racism fight in the process. I have pledged that any money that comes through my Bandcamp on the day of the show will be donated to SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD in full (excluding the percentage that Bandcamp take).
Marketing and Things.
I shall be using my videos as a way of sharing my name far and wide as best as possible. I mentioned in a previous post about how much more screen time the videos on Facebook get in comparison to YouTube. Plus the Facebook video has the option to invite people who have commented or liked it to officially 'like' my araby page. This is a super handy tool as it means I am broadening my reach beyond the friends and family! I shall also be sharing the posters and engaging more on the social medias leading up to the event.
I'll be limiting my posts as I feel it is still a bit improper to promote things during the current political climate, and despite the aim of raising money to battle racism, I fear that it could be seen as a way of selfish promotion. I don't want people to think that I am only tagging the donation aspect to help get the word out about my music and projects. I am not using an anti racism charity as a horse to ride on, I am hoping that my show is the horse that the charity can ride on.