An ongoing on-line music pageant from Mumbai hopes to provide the facility again to musicians to outline the worth of their songs
When members of pioneer rock band Pentagram met one another final weekend to carry out after a break of two years, it wasn’t to their traditional crowd of adoring followers, however the three cameramen recording the gig at Island Metropolis Studios in Mumbai made up for it with their incessant cheering.
Pentagram was a part of a set of 12 artistes acting at From The Island, an ongoing online-only indie music pageant. Unfold over three months, the pageant has to date featured indie names akin to Bombay Brass, Ankur and The Ghalat Household, and Nikhil D’Souza. The primary version of the pageant, which is able to wrap up on December 27 with a thriller ultimate act, has been organised by musician Clayton Hogermeer and Jehangir Jehangir (JJ), proprietor of Island Metropolis Studios.
“We have been attempting to determine a manner for indie musicians to carry out in the course of the lockdown,” says JJ, explaining that they conceived the pageant in September, earlier than small scale reside gigs began cautiously opening up in Mumbai. The pageant, they hoped, would additionally present sound engineers and technicians with work alternatives.
“Throughout the preliminary months of lockdown, I had an thought to do a form of Stay-aid for indie musicians and lift funds. Meals from the desk was being taken away for musicians again then,” says Clayton. However regardless of his finest efforts, getting sponsors for it proved tough. “So I assumed ‘why not simply do it ourselves?’ I used to be sitting on a wad of money as a result of Netflix lately purchased a tune of mine… so, use that and simply let the boys are available and play,” he provides.
The pageant is being streamed on Skillbox with the platform taking a mutually agreed upon payment, regardless of the ticket gross sales. The cash earned from the ticket gross sales goes on to the musicians. There are two forms of tickets: one which buys entry per present for ₹399, and the opposite an all-access one for ₹2,999. The gross sales from all-access is split between the 12 performers.
“This fashion, we try to make the artistes stakeholders within the festivals themselves. This pageant is run by musicians,” he explains, including that typically, festivals solely give musicians a set payment.
Within the years to return, will the pageant stay purely on-line? That’s nonetheless up within the air. “For those who have a look at the pure development of the music trade, it has at all times been preceded by the development of know-how, proper from the invention of recording sound. LPs, cassettes to CDs, MP3, now livestreaming, tech will at all times be advancing and musicians are the sort of people that will do no matter is critical to outlive,” he says.
JJ provides that this may imply extra analysis into cheaper software program for streaming (akin to OBS). “Stay broadcasts have been round for years, however on larger scale in TV productions. We simply must convey that mentality to indie livestreams,” says JJ.
The center of From The Island, nevertheless, stays the voice of the musician. “What we’re up towards is a tradition (particularly since recorded free streaming turned the norm), that devalues musicians,” says Clayton, including, “Our purpose right here is to say that we don’t want an NH7, or MTV or Spotify. We’re the producers of the product, and we’re going to begin defining its worth as a result of the system at the moment in place doesn’t.”
The following act, that includes Chennai-based Maalavika Manoj (Maali), might be streamed on December 6, from 5.30 pm to six.30 pm. Go to @fromtheisland_live on Instagram, or skillboxes.com