Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-01-12 22:23:46 –
Max Gomez is a singer-songwriter from Taos, New Mexico. He says he completely uprooted the lifestyle of his travel musicians last year.
“When no pandemic is happening, my life, my job is really a tour musician, and I’m constantly traveling from town to town and from city to city for live shows.”
Gomez says he misses playing live shows, but he was still able to experience the adrenaline rush that accompanies virtual performances.
“It’s very unpleasant at first. It’s like a brain trick to be aware that you’re playing in front of a real person. And you can see the number of screens and comments, it’s It helps to make it really feel like a live show. “
Gomez considers himself introverted and says that this year was actually very productive for him when it came to writing music at home.
“It didn’t slow me down as much as you think,” Gomez said.
But the entire concert industry is really suffering. Alex Fang is a booking agent for New Frontier Touring in Nashville.
“2019 is probably the best live music record, and I think 2020 will be the worst year since live music existed, but many years ago it was,” Fang said.
Fang says he believes the concert industry has been hit hardest because it employs so many people.
“There are bus drivers, light technicians, assistants, caterers, everything. You can imagine it like a small business,” he said.
In the concert and event promotion industry, revenues in 2020 were down 60% compared to 2019, according to a report from IBIS World, which provides a reliable industry survey. However, Fang hopes the industry will come back in 2021. It is unclear who or what will give the industry a green light to hold a concert.
“I bet that summer will be a little tricky without clear public confidence in going out and gathering,” Fang said.
So far, Fang says many shows from 2020 have been postponed until the summer or fall of 2021. He has heard that a timeline is possible, but there may be more precautions.
“With the method of quick testing, if the car is pulled in, tested quickly and gives a negative result, they will accept you. If you leave the campsite, you will need to test again. Yes. – It’s like a TSA situation – I heard it’s being thrown. There are apps made to prove that you’ve been vaccinated and they’re accepting you I heard. “
The success of the moving industry ultimately depends on the concert attendees.
“There are some PTSDs and the first couple’s show may be weird, but overall, I think people will jump into the swing of things pretty quickly,” Fang said.
As for Gomez, he says he is grateful to his supportive fans for helping him keep the lights on. He wants to encourage people to keep their small music venues financially helpful and alive.
“I was very shocked and scared when all this happened, but I’m happy to report that I was lucky enough to adapt and work hard,” Gomez said.