Lockdown Performances? Find Out How They Work!

It has been a bit over a year of lockdown now. People of every profession have had to reinvent themselves and find ways to keep working and creating from home. Musicians are no exception: technology became our best friend and we went on digital stages to keep sharing our art with the world.

I wanted to show you how I do my online performances. First, check this cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” (Simon and Garfunkel) that I played for the virtual praise and thanksgiving service celebrating the 58th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence by the Association of Jamaican Nationals, Birmingham, UK, on August 9th, 2020.

I recorded the video some days before so the service attendants could watch it via Zoom. There are many advantages to do it that way instead of attempting to go on the Zoom call and play live. For starters, the sound and video quality of a pre-recorded video is better, and there is the possibility to edit and compose effects to make the experience visually interesting. Also, it is possible to restart it or play it again in case there is a technical failure.

One could argue pre-recorded concerts are not as demanding for a musician because there’s the chance to shoot multiple times until the song comes out perfectly, which cannot be done on live stage. However, recording has its own challenges, it is very time-consuming, and you most definitely need help! Watch these outtakes of the performance above to see what I mean:

If you haven’t given a chance to digital performances, I highly recommend them, even if -and I hope I’m not jinxing it- lockdown is bound to end soon. There are new perspectives to be gained when attending a concert through a livestream service like Twitch, a videocall hosted in Zoom, or even a YouTube premiere, and you are supporting musicians in very dire times!

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