Recently we ran a pilot scheme producing videos to showcase emerging artists, helping them to get a first step into the Music Industry. Whether they are a young band wanting to get their first gigs or an artist that has been working the circuit, this project helped them to make a step in the right direction. We have delivered this at no charge to the bands but we have run out of funding.
So far we have helped over 100 young musicians and trained a production team in live performance recording and video production. A video presence on the internet is for many artists the first step when entering into the music industry.
We want to set up regular production events at various centers such as theaters or music venues at which we make both sound recording and video recordings of performances.
This requires a technical team of sound engineers, lighting and stage hands, video and operational management. Our technicians and apprentices make the recordings, and after the event mix them in our studio and put the recordings up on the web. We will upload one artist video per week.
Every artist trying to get bookings at venues will need to send a link to a video performance. For many artists it is difficult to find the right people to record them, to get good quality, and often the price is just out of their reach. Many musicians play in local small venues, such as halls, clubs pubs and have limited access to wider markets for their material. Youtube provides a great opportunity for them to access a wider audience but frequently their material is recorded on a mobile phone in a pub and doesn't reflect the best the artist can do and then these videos attract only a handful of views.
There is an increasing trend for people to seek out emerging acts through social media and the internet almost in protest to the X Factor style fabricated “stars”. Many of us don't want to be told who we will like by the major labels. As people interested in music we are not just seeking local gig acts but like to follow artists across the world.
Three artists or bands are recorded in the day, with set up and load in and load out on the same day. In this way we keep the venue rental cost low.
The project is delivered by a young team who are building their experience in the industry, several are former live events apprentices. Technical staff, sound, video and lighting technicians are paid a minimum wage per hour and the recording sessions with three artists are typically ten hour sessions. We then need time in the studio for video editing and production. All the equipment and studio time is donated to the project.
The sessions are real fun with an enthusiastic crowd as you will see if you sign up for the behind the scenes clips.
From all the team and the artists and bands thanks for your support.