The restrictions of the lockdown have moved most performers into using live stream as a way to continue interacting with fans and performing. There are restrictions as a particularly unknown entity with this as if I stream on facebook, only my friends will see it, so I need to find new audiences online.
From a dabble of research I have found several groups that are helping promote music, here is some info.
SOFA SHARE WALES (SSW).
Run by Fez & Justin in Newport, South Wales.
This is the first live stream platform that made itself known to me in the lockdown. I am friends with Fez and he approached me asking if I'd like to perform. SSW have three streams a day - 3pm, 6pm & 9pm and initially there was no preference for performance type in the time slots, but it has since been organised and there are certain recurring slots for specific stream. For example, Sundays at 3pm are now food/cooking based and Tuesday at 6 is always yoga.
I will talk about the performance experience for SSW in another blog post HERE.
BIG BEAR SOCIAL CLUB / COVAID LIVE
Big Bear Social Club hadn't long started as a platform for music videos a live music videos to be released on facebook as well as promoting gigs for artists, but the lockdown hit so they adapted by co-curating daily streams. I'm not 100% sure who is running the show and the scheduling as there isn't that much information online other than the posters for specific days. Plus some of the video streams seem to be linked to Forte Project - of which I think is a similar project to BBSC. I was on the list for a live set but had to re-arrange, so I'm hoping to be back on the books for them soon.
This is the first platform that hasn't used a 'live stream' approach, but rather a 'Zoom Meeting' set up. This makes it much more personal, but more restricting for the audience. The performances have evolved so that it is now also broadcast on Twitch, which is great. As a performer I much prefer the zoom feeling which I will talk about HERE.
The Utilipub audience is a small community friends and I know that they are trying to expand from that. I'm happy to ride the wave with them.
Live studio coming soon - very much in the works but very very exciting - A different league in terms of equipment and set up. One to watch.
TactileBOSCH have set up streamed gigs over the lockdown and although my music doesn't tend to fit with their vibe, I think Pablo may be able to get involved.
Sofar Sounds are a global company and are letting artists live stream onto their facebook page. I've been looking for a way in but can't get very far. I think that maybe you have to be of a certain calibre to get in. The streams look pretty basic, like most streams these days. I'll keep you posted in this one.