Touring vs. Live Streaming

Paul says things 'ain't the way they used to be', Roger's not surprised


Roger:  I think that the technology of being able to stream shows over the internet to people’s homes is very cool.  It’s not only good for major artists to be able to expand their fan base for shows, or clubs and venues able to stream shows that way, but it’s also good for independent bands just getting started and not able to fund the road tour, which can be exceedingly expensive.   This allows the indie artist to still have a public performance for their fans in their own homes, and to gain a following until they can support themselves for an actual physical tour.

It is really amazing way the technology is coming along, how so many different things are possible at this point.  It simply doesn’t surprise me with the amount of R & D going into virtual reality and vr settings.  Down the road, who knows?  People might actually be able to have the artist in 3D in their home performing for them.  The one thing about streaming a show over the internet is that it misses is the interaction between the artist and the crowd.  There’s no real energy give-and-take that way, making it really hard to push the vibe you’re really working for.

Once again, if they keep making bandwidth larger and the possibility of greater technology, who’s to say what’s coming in the future, it’s all pretty amazing.

Paul Barrere:  So think about it, how hard is it to stay ahead of the curve when the curve is always in motion? That’s kind of how I feel about the technology of today.  Having come from the time when your recording became a long playing vinyl album until now, it seems that we are in a constant state of flux. Downloads, streaming radio subscriptions, et al are cutting into profits from sales of recordings and now this, touring vs. live streaming. Always the bread and butter of bands, the live shows were a proven way for musicians to make money, and depending on who you are, that figure can be enough to sustain or not quite enough to make rent, either way it ain’t how it used to be.

Now we have live streaming shows. They have pluses and minuses as well. You don’t have to sell tickets to make some club owner happy, or for you to get your money back as some clubs actually make you pay to play. But then again you don’t get any feedback from a live audience. Sure there are interactive segments when you can once again use the technology to answer questions, or talk to your cyber audience one on one, but can that really be as satisfying as hearing cheers or jeers from real live people? But as I think about it, how nice is it to be in a controlled environment to create music that can be heard around the world?  That’s pretty cool really, and how about streaming it to folks who can’t get out for one reason or another, the healing qualities of music could be brought to the infirm, add a smile to their faces, brighten their day.

Check out this link and see some of the positives and negatives of the streaming experience:


So here’s a new market place for those savvy enough to get on board. This will grow, get better and better in quality and therefore become a viable alternative to many. I guess my biggest pet peeve to all this technology is that it is slowly taking the human interaction out of play, and maybe making this society a little lazy in real communication skills. There is room for both, all things in moderation as they say, but the more things change, at this point, they might not be the same.