Shea Stadium’s Bathroom in Brooklyn, NY
There’s definitely a particular kind of homage in the independent music scene – because in many situations the people you go to see play a show are people you’re actually friends with. It becomes a little less buying a record because you want to listen to it at home and add it to your collection to buying it for the singular purpose of supporting that musician because you dig how genuine they are – if you give Drake’s Take Care a listen you’ll catch my drift. Reverting back to my belief that music helps us associate feelings to memories, I’ll buy my boys record for the simple reason that it reminds me of hanging out with him and some of the good times we had.
GOING TO SHOWS
I for one will go to a show mostly because a good chunk of my friends are going or my friends are playing it, too. When I first started to going to shows as a kid, the first few shows I went to were at a big venue because it was all I knew about at the time. My initial exposure to going to shows at small venues started when I learned about the DIY scene, peddled to me via the internet.
After attending shows at both big venues and small venues, I can clearly see the difference between going to a show at a big venue and seeing a show at a small one. Big venues are just so cold! They’re really just glorified bars. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to be stuck in between a large mass of people and not even be able to see the artist preforming, regardless of how much I like their music. not only that, but I’ve found that smaller venues are generally a better social environment. Is it really worth paying the premium cost for a ticket to see a musician play at a huge venue vs. one you kind-of like play at a smaller venue and typically for a cheaper cost?