“It's weird to not have people clap, to not have applause between songs, because you kind of just stand there.”
“At the beginning of this year, my band was just about to release a double album and we had a big tour scheduled. Biggest tour we’d ever done, going all the way across the country. We did Philadelphia and New Orleans right before quarantine. Once quarantine hit, we had to cancel. I did some solo live streams. They worked out fine, but without the rhythm section, my drummer and bass player, it’s just not as interesting. Besides, everybody is on a live stream with an acoustic guitar these days.
Now the band does live streams usually every week from a great big deck on the back of my house. Normally our shows have a lot of explicit content, but we usually do a cleaner set now because we’re outside, next to the neighbors.
It's weird to not have people clap, to not have applause between songs, because you kind of just stand there. It's still like acting like we're at a show and saying thank you between each song. But in the live stream, they're sending messages, they're talking, and so you get to connect in a different way. It's been awesome. We did a couple of live streams where we did a little bit of trivia during the show and they got to put in their answers. The banana trivia, all trivia questions about bananas, was great.
We now have lots of followers from other parts of the world. During quarantine, there was no booking shows, there was nothing consuming the time for the music management other than online marketing. So we have made a huge amount of progress on our online marketing and that has caused us to be able to grow our fan base a lot and into lots of other countries. It's pretty amazing.
When we are able to do live shows again, we probably will experiment with live streaming from the shows so people will be able to watch us from anywhere in the world. We can't help but learn from what we've found out here in quarantine." -- Sadie #NorthCarolina