Lucy Jordan talks new music during lockdown on her blog Cut&Run. Click the link to finish reading the rest of this piece and her blog. Lucy was a music journalist elective student in London, and left ACM with a First this year.
It’s very apparent that the music industry has taken a huge hit as a result of COVID-19 and the lockdown, with every artist and business in the industry feeling the strain on their productivity and creative output.
It’s no surprise that “the outbreak has prevented the connection with fans through live performances” (The Fullers explained as they went on to say that their biggest show to date at The O2 Academy Islington had been cancelled) but what will the live scene actually consist of when venues can re-open? It is likely that with social distancing in place there will be decreased capacities, people will be more apprehensive about attending events, and with many grassroots venues under strain before the lockdown, we could see many of them close their doors for good.
“Those venues, rehearsal spaces and studios that provide us with a space to grow, could never return. Then where do we go”- Patti Paige
As Tobias and Patti Paige both mentioned, emerging artists rely on small venues and independently run businesses as stepping stones in the industry, and “those venues, rehearsal spaces and studios that provide us with a space to grow, could never return. Then where do we go” Patti Paige questions, and for the businesses that do survive the lockdown, they will be in huge demand.
“The market will be full of new releases that is for sure! At the moment there is a lot of solo artist/ singer songwriter content online as this isn’t affected by social distancing however it will take some time for bands to get started again.” – Les Futiles
There’s is no doubt that the industry will be saturated with new releases once lockdown is over, however; it has been difficult for bands to record new material, as social distancing prohibits them from rehearsing and recording in a studio together. Therefore, the majority of these new releases will be from solo singer songwriters as they are less affected by social distancing.
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