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First Gig Advice from a Newbie

First Gig Advice from a Newbie, by Rewind

Special guest blog about playing the very first time on StreetJelly.

Rewind TN

Rewind TN

After watching other shows on StreetJelly for a few weeks, I decided it was time for me to test it out from the other side of the webcam. I had seen and listened to how things sounded through other people’s gear and knew what I wanted to do. Also, I had made connections with other performers who ended up tuning in to my first performance.  I purchased a webcam for the video (since my computer is ancient), and I used the same gear I have previously used for recording to handle the audio (mics, mixing board, audio interface). Here are a few pointers for your first broadcast:

  • Take advantage of the “Test Broadcast Settings” button before you go live. You get to this from the broadcast page, right above the “Start the Show” button. Even though it might look and sound great on your end, you want to know how it will come across to the viewers. Maybe your lighting is terrible. Maybe your mics are distorting. Maybe there is no audio at all. This will help you figure all that out.
  • Make sure your computer’s power settings are such that your computer does not go to screensaver mode while you are performing. That makes it a bit challenging to interact with the viewers.
  • Let your friends know that you are planning to perform on StreetJelly and give them the web address. Chances are good that at least some of them will tune in. There are casual viewers who will likely tune in anyway, but it’s always a good idea to bring along folks you know, just like at a “regular” gig.
  • I was confused when I didn’t show up on the main screen after I scheduled my first show. It showed up in the little scrolling banner on the side of the screen, but not in the main area. This is normal, as you don’t show up there until your first broadcast has begun.
  • Have a tentative set list. This will help you avoid long periods of silence in between your songs. But be flexible in case a viewer suggests a song you know how to play.

RewindI had a blast with my first show on StreetJelly, and I plan to be a regular.  It was fun to be able to interact with music fans I had never met before. Think of it like you would any other gig. It’s all about playing great music and connecting with the viewers. If you just play songs and don’t interact at all, it doesn’t create a great experience. One last thing:  have fun!

-Rewind

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Discover New Music

Trying to discover new music is definitely a journey.  And I mean a journey in the true sense.  You may know the destination, and you may have a general direction how to get there.  But every step of the way, every path you take, is a new discovery.  Trying to find new music is the same way.  Nothing wrong with taking the long road, the wrong road, getting stuck in traffic circles, and even a few dead-ends now and then. In the end, you’ll love the ride …and the music.

Since we started the Music Video Contest on StreetJelly in July, and really a few months prior, we’ve seen a ton of new acts pop up on the site.  Oh what a treat it has been!!  In no way do I mean to leave anyone out, but here are some of the acts I’ve really enjoyed:

Dick LeMasters

Dick LeMasters

Dick LeMasters brings us true Americana and Texas music.  I say this with the absolute most respect: his “crusty old-buzzard music” will rock your evening!

 

Old Gold

Old Gold

Old Gold, from Saint John, New Brunswick.  He sings the great singer / songwriter songs we all love.  Simon and Garfunkel, need I say more.

 

Alex Mason

Alex Mason

Alex Mason is around with his band.  You’ve never heard these young guys rock the word PANTS permanently into your head with their new song.  And Grand Market is another great new original.

 

Mark Allan Jensen

Mark Allan Jensen

Speaking of originals, our old friend Mark Allan Jensen has been busy with his repertoire of intense and thought provoking songs.  The venerable artist loads every song with prayer-like meaning.

 

Quinn Direwytch

Quinn Direwytch

Quinn Direwytch from the UK is a great addition to StreetJelly, as well.  She’s a blend of folk, country, blues, rock; what else could be better?  I dig her quote that sums up her love for music, “It’s three chords and the truth.”

 

 


Everyone, make sure you check out ALL the new musicians on StreetJelly.  Say hello, make them feel welcome and part of the Jelly family.  Remember, were all belong to the Jelly Welcoming Army.

And all the new folks, I hope you all enjoy performing on StreetJelly.  Don’t sweat it if it feels a little odd performing to a webcam, you’ll get used to it.  The viewers on the site are very nice, even if they are sometimes quiet.  We love our Jelly Flies, too.

Who are your new favorites?