I will use this blog post to type up my thoughts after each live stream gig I attempt. It's practice as research.
Sofa Stage Wales - 25th March LINK HERE
So I have just finished my first attempt at a live stream gig. And... overall pretty negative. The main issue being the massive latency between me and the comments. I had specifically decided to design the story telling to be interactive, meaning the audience would help me tell the stories. But because it took so long to for me to see the answers/comments people had written in response to the questions I was asking, there was SO MUCH empty space. Had I of planned better, then maybe I could have thought of things to do in this empty space, but I was also unsure as to whether people would be writing anything at all anyways. I realised after that some one was hosting the video as a watch party, meaning I didn't see all of the comments anyway. It was over a bit of a shambles from my perspective, but I carried on and just kept it going, even though the stories took 10 times longer than usual to tell. Don't feel like you have to watch the video, I don't want to either.
Utilipub - ? I honestly cant remember the date for this one. It was recently though, for sure.
This gig was a lot more informal and social. It took place on a zoom call and it was very much like being at the pub and having a chat with friends. I only performed two songs for this gig, the first of which was a story song, and because it was a zoom video call, there was no lag and the input from the audience was instant. The story went down well and people appeared to be enjoying it. From my perspective it was a good gig and I'm looking forward to the next. I am hoping to get the footage of it at some point.
Utilipub (SECOND LIFE, PABLO) - 8th May LINK HERE
Well, that was weird. I felt like I walked into a Salvador Dali painting after eating some suspicious brownies. Trying to work out where the physics start and end, all whilst trying to balance on a giant bubble. It might make more sense if you see the video.
There are obvious tech issues with this performance, all of my own doing! Despite having it working well in the soundcheck, it all went tits up. I think the issue was with my audio input on the SL programme - I'd had it at 50% for the sound checks, but after the performance I realised that it was at 100% - something I should have changed when logging in to second life. It was nice to perform the Pablo songs though. This was probably the most fun I've had at a gig, but I don't think I will use it again for my main performance.
Cul-de-sac Festival - 30th May - LINK HERE
Well, that didn't go 100% according to plan! Gary Martin had asked artist to come up with a piece in response to the restrictions during lockdown. I had written a piece and was going to perform it live during the zoom call. BUT we had a phone call from the ambulance service saying that they were going to pick up an oxygen tank from my house in Cardiff at some point today so we should be there. At this point I was in Porth and I couldn't get to Cardiff as I didn't have my car. So I waited for my car to come back from the shops, when I would go to Cardiff and wait for the Ambulance people to pick up the tank. This was all on the day of the festival. I didn't know at what point the ambulance would arrive and if they were to arrive during my performance then it would be a bit shit, so I recorded the performance instead and sent it to GM to screen. Does that make sense? No? Good.
The short video was screened and it got a positive response as well as a new instagram follower. I managed to log into the festival after the ambulance had been and got to join in with the whisper karaoke and GIF disco. A good time.
Sofa SHARE Wales - 6th June LINK HERE
This was my last livestream before the big one on Wednesday. It was really nice as there was a lot of support in the comments. It gained me a few followers on Facebook so hopefully when I do the big show it will all come together. I didn't do any stories for this stream as I just didn't want to after what happened last time, but the music seemed to go down really well on its own. More than anything, this gig was just me dipping my toes in to make sure the water is warm enough for when I jump in on Wednesday.
Ratio Studios Araby Live 10th June - thoughts are at this link here.