Point of View
We asked Australian
guitarist, promoter and band manager,
Darren Bridge to answer the following question...
Just How Important Is It To Support
Response by Darren Bridge
This question, while being a 'no brainer' for any performing musician
or music fan, surely needs to be asked. I mean, we can get all the music
we need (new and old) with the click of a mouse, right ?
We can tune in to rage on Saturday night and sit around in the comfort
of our lounge chair, imbibing or ingesting any substance we want, with
no bouncers to tell us when to go home, without anyone trying to pick a
fight (hopefully), and when itís time for shut eye just lean back and
sleep, no cab fares, no jostling in queues, right?
We can get up and go and turn the pc on and surf YouTube till our eyes
look like roadmaps, and on demand! I mean, you can pause it while you go
to the loo!! Try doing that at the entertainment centre, right?
Are these some of the reasons itís so hard to get punters out to gigs
these days? If so, then why do we have live sporting events? Surely we
could just film two soccer teams in a controlled environment, with a
director, maybe even a script and just air all the games pay per view,
on demand with prerecorded cheering! No mess no fuss no soccer
hooligans, yay! Something tells me half of the known world would be up
in arms. Ha! Sure soccer is a great game but whatís more important in
history than music? Fans sing songs at soccer games donít they? I donít
think Iíve witnessed anyone playing a soccer match to a live band!
Supporting live music, by getting out there and experiencing it can be
life changing, one concert or performance can stick in your mind
forever. And these moments create a culture and an identity that filters
out into the community and creates something solid, real, authentic.
Something that can be seen, felt and heard by visitors to your town.
Pianist, Bill Risby had this to sayÖÖ
"All I can add is what matters to me in regard to live music, and that
is that musical instruments all create their own sound acoustically, and
as soon as you listen to a recording of music (or even a very amplified
loud concert), you forgo the acoustic experience. Most kids these days
haven't heard a bold raspberry on a trombone, or put their hand up to
the belly of a double bass and felt joy from the vibrations.
They only hear music through a pair of little speakers or headphones in
their ears. They don't hear the music mingling with nature in the air.
I remember hearing the SSO playing Beethoven once and the experience was
so overwhelming that I was brought to tears. I had heard the same piece
hundreds of times on a recording without the same feeling.
Likewise hearing an orchestra from in the pit being surrounded by
players is a real other worldly experience.
I think it is most important that we never lose the acoustic experience,
and it is almost gone...."
This obviously translates to all genres of live music, I can say that
when I first heard a 60ís telecaster played through a vintage fender
twin I could not get that tone out of my head for years and I still
crave to hear it live.
Ultimately I think live performance is what inspires songwriters, bands
and live performers to strive to push their art and without the live
audience, without their muse as it were, things would take a different
Also something I have discussed recently with band mates and fellow
local players is the absolute need for a musical community. As a
promoter in my local area I have taken active steps to build a community
and fuse like-minded musicians together with this common goal, and this
is paying dividends which translate to increased attendance. Of course,
without the live scene there would be no catalyst Ö.and no community.
The math is pretty simple, without live performance a band is just an
enigma, take away the smells, the sounds, the experience, and the
atmosphere of a live show and you are left with only the blue print and
not the working model!
And the fuel, the essential ingredient, the thing that it all runs on is
the live music fan.
© 2010 Darren Bridge
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