One of the greatest virtues of live music is discovering new artists. That’s why for the past several months, we’ve used this blog to highlight live streams on LiveList that you might otherwise overlook. As the weekly Discovery column wraps up (for now, anyway), here are a few reasons why you should keep discovering new music via live streaming.
(1) There’s no better way to be introduced to an artist than by watching them live. Whether it was the opening band you’d never heard of at a show you went to on a whim, or the musician you always knew about but never appreciated until you saw live, every music fan has had some experience of being won over by an artist’s live performance. With live streaming, the limitations on when and where we can watch concerts have been greatly expanded. Rather than just seeing bands that come through our hometowns, we can watch the raw, unedited, real-time performance of bands anywhere, anytime. What better way than that to see what an artist is all about?
(2) Live streaming provides a unique platform for creative artists to showcase their talent. Live streams range from traditional concert feeds to in-studio performances to self-produced practice room footage. Bands like Delvr have used live streaming to re-think the whole business model of being in a band. Platforms like Pressure Drop have crafted unique performance spaces that take the live music experience far beyond the traditional club setting. Live streaming gives the most creative artists and curators new ways to express themselves, and that’s a great gift to music fans.
(3) There are countless live streaming resources that exist to help you discover new artists. Sources like Boiler Room bring you live music from parts of the world you’d probably never think to check out musically. Platforms like Audiotree TV create consistently high-quality video streams that give you thorough introductions to independent artists you’ve never heard of. And radio stations like KEXP use live streaming to expand their reach far beyond the local airwaves. These and so many other sources constantly have their ears to the ground looking for up-and-coming artists. Take advantage of what they dig up.
Obviously, we all love watching our favorite band’s live stream from our favorite festival – and surely, this is one of the great things about live streaming. But at the same time, we live in an era of unparalleled musical quality and quantity, and it’s not just the headliners that are making great music. Your new favorite artists are out there waiting to be discovered. Here’s to hoping live streaming helps you find them.
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