With so many businesses and activities moving online, we should all thank the heavens for having this opportunity and technology that keeps us safe and sane in these unprecedented times.
With no intention to sound rude or improper, experiencing an online show is something like… masturbation. It may require less “efforts” and deliver same (well, somewhat) pleasure yet it will never be the same.From a musician’s point of view – the very live interaction with the audience is often more important and rewarding than just a mere fact of playing a concert.
My point is, how can we strike a balance that people remember how wonderful it is to go to the concert halls and theatres? The industry has always been working towards audience development and encouraging people to connect. Aren’t we moving to the opposite direction and suggesting that streaming/hosting online shows are what the product should look and feel like?
In our desire to “keep going” are we damaging our self by depreciating it for the short term questionable gain? Or shall we resort to a “smaller” yet live audience?
The pandemic will go one day, but the desire for interaction with true arts will not. Until then, wash your hands.