Artists are connecting with fans now more than ever.
Musicians are a creative bunch and even during the self-isolation surrounding COVID-19 they are finding ways to connect with fans and entertain themselves.
Here’s just a glimpse at how some of your favourite artists are operating amid the crisis.
Can’t go to your local venue? There’s plenty of artists live streaming performances, including Keith Urban, who performed for fans via Facebook from his warehouse. The video also features a dancing Nicole Kidman.
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Tonight... let’s take a break from all the negativity and just enjoy ourselves for an hour. Playing a few songs off the forthcoming album and taking a few of your questions. We’re not asking for tips but if you’d like to help out please grab some merch or pre-order the album here: https://ffm.to/townofamilliondreamsPosted by Casey Barnes on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Pub Choir is all about bringing people together and they’ll continue to do that, even without the ability to congregate in large groups. Couch Choir is a virtual singalong that will see the Pub Choir team release three different harmonies that punters can choose from and film themselves singing along to. Pub Choir will then collate these submissions into one big video singalong.
Death Cab For Cutie
Guitarist and keyboardist Dave Depper offered to play on anyone’s record who donated money to a good cause (he was inundated with requests and can’t commit to anything else), while frontman Ben Gibbard is doing daily acoustic sessions from home.
Ben Gibbard: Live From Home
Hey Everyone, I know you are all really freaked out right now. I am too. And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us all incredibly isolated. But because we’re all going through this nightmare together we are quite literally NOT alone. Our lives and stories are all linked, maybe more now than they have ever been. Be it with DCFC, Postal Service, or solo I have always been grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us by choosing to congregate en masse around our music. Some of you have traveled great distances and/or shelled out large sums of money to see us play and that has never been lost on me. So in this crazy and unprecedented time, I’d like to return the favor by coming to YOU. For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio. We will be streaming on Facebook at 4pm PST daily. We’re still working out the details but I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally. The first show will be tomorrow. It will assuredly be a little wonky and glitchy but we’re gonna do our best. See You Tomorrow. xo BenPosted by Death Cab for Cutie on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Cat Empire
After having their European tour cut short, The Cat Empire initiated Lockdown Get Down, “a movement to help musicians increase available income to survive these turbulent times”. It’s all about listening to more local music, which is exactly what they’ll be doing. Create a lockdowngetdown playlist, share it with your friends and then tag the band in any related photos and videos using #lockdowngetdown and #thecatempire.
First day of isolation, back in Australia, FelixPosted by The Cat Empire on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Miro Mackie (Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays)
If you’re looking to be productive during your isolation, then LA-based, Aussie producer Miro Mackie can help you out. The driving force behind hits from Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays and more, Mackie is offering up free writing and production tips via his Instagram.
It’s understandable that you might be feeling worried and uncertain at the moment – so is Australian opera singer Emily Burke, who is trying to make things a little better with her #smileepidemic campaign.
Joel Birch (The Amity Affliction)
PS4: JoelDTD— Joel Birch (@joelfcbirch) March 19, 2020
Twitch isn’t set up yet, should be later today, but add me on PS and you can begin beating me in the only game I play (NHL)
Hands Likes Houses
Hands Likes Houses will host a free live-streamed event on March 28 called Live In Ya Lounge.
Catfish & The Bottlemen
British rockers Catfish & The Bottlemen have released Live at Manchester Arena, a filmed recording of their biggest concert ever, for free via YouTube.
He may have had to cancel his trip to Australia, but fans can still catch acoustic sets from Frank Turner. The English troubadour is live streaming from home, as well as partaking in a playful back and forth with NOFX frontman Fate Mike.
Looking to be productive while self-isolating? James Bay has you covered, streaming guitar tutorials from his home.
For more information about how COVID-19 is impacting the music industry, follow the link here.