Ever since I came across this wonderful internet world that we all pretty much take for granted these days, I have been involved in some way in performing & sharing live music in some way online.
From virtual Avatars performing on a great range of bizarre, beautiful, and wonderfully built 3D venues and stages in a completely virtual world to performing live audio and video streams from my studio, bedroom or even streaming live shows from a venue in the UK.
A virtual ‘Shagpile Spyker’ performing live in Secondlife
I’ve met some of my greatest friends and fans along the way of the journey and some of them still continue to be some of the friendliest, nicest and most active people when it comes to getting involved in my music, sharing and supporting online and they are all from very different places in this wonderful little world.
So…. I thought I’d share a few little things about each platform and let you have a little insight into each one and maybe if your a musician or a music lover that wants to watch or perform from home then you can have a little look and see if something here might help you in some way. So here goes…..
Secondlife : Secondlife is a massive multi player 3D universe that lives online. It has no computer controlled avatars, just real people. It also has its own currency which converts to which ever currency you work in. I’ve done a lot of live shows in Secondlife over the years and had some great fun in there and also built on a nice group of friends and fans. I first ended up heading to Secondlife to discover the music scene in there from a chat with someone in Camfrog (See below) and from there I met a venue owner called Fluffy who managed to help me out and let me play some shows in her own 3D venue called Casablanca. She became a great friend and now I travel to Ireland or she comes here at least a few times a year to meet and catch up. You can earn lindens through a virtual tip jar which is placed on the stage while you perform and you can also be paid from venue owners a fee for an hour show for instance I did a few shows for ‘Orange’ the mobile phone company in there who had they’re own venue with 3D models of new phones coming out. They pay to have an artist play in they’re venue and people come to listen and take a look around. The money converts back to your own currency when transferred out to Paypal.
Here is a little video of me performing in Secondlife, all the avatars you see in the video are listeners who came to the show. This might give you a better idea of how it works and let you see how it looks.
Homepage – www.secondlife.com
StreetJelly : A fantastic online video streaming platform with a very ‘online busking’ feel. StreetJelly is completely free to sign up and all you need is a webcam and your off on your own streaming show. It is best if you understand sound a little and you have some microphones and a mixer to get it sounding nice before you stream but it is not needed or necessary. This place is all about live music and has such a great community feel about the place, where people like to get involved, listen to and perform music live to people who love it. You can also be tipped by listeners and they have a great little pin badge system for achievements which the listeners can award which makes it great fun. This is my favourite of all the platforms at the moment.
You can check out the live music and my StreetJelly profile HERE
StageIT : This is another brilliant live video and audio streaming platform. A very professional outfit and has artists like Bon Jovi and Jason Mraz performing on there live. On StageIT you must schedule a show and set a ticket price to sell your entry tickets. You perform for 30mins in front of your webcam/webcams and then a short encore set. If you have friends or a fan base which is outside of your own country this is a great way to give them the chance to watch you live.
I will be performing as We Steal Flyers with Derek on StageIT on the 1st of May 2016 and you can grab your tickets online HERE if you would like to check it out.
Homepage – StageIt
Camfrog : This is a live video chat room style platform. Camfrog seems a little out of date now and I haven’t performed in there for many years. You have to install software to use Camfrog and then you have to find and join a room and it seems a lot harder these days to find any music rooms in there. If you do there doesn’t seem to be many people hanging out in them. Camfrog music rooms have more of an open mic feel to them where you added yourself to a queue and waited for your turn to sing a song on the camera to the rest of the room. Camfrog isn’t aimed at musicians in anyway and is more just a general video chatroom service. At the same time it can be fun when it all comes together with the right people listening.
Homepage – Camfrog
BlogTV : This was very similar to StreetJelly but not quite aimed at musicians as much. You had to pay for a yearly Pro fee and the people at BlogTV sponsored ‘We Steal Flyers’ a lifetime PRO account for the ‘100 gigs in 100’ days tour and we performed live on there every tuesday as part of the tour. During the shows of the tour we managed to get numbers of viewers into the thousands at one time. Unfortunately BlogTV is no more and it got moved over to YouNow which wasn’t quite the same and not as much fun. It was a great time while it lasted though.
Homepage – YouNow
So hopefully this gives you a little brief insight into how some of these platforms work and maybe even gave you some excitement to jump in, listen or perform live yourself. They can be great fun and as a musician it can be very rewarding performing to an online audience and a great way to reach an otherwise unreachable audience.
If you have any questions about any of them or would like some more information you can drop me a message or tell me about your own experience in the comments below.
Enjoy your streaming, listening and creating ‘Amazing Adventures Always’ and if you’d like to come join me in a StreetJelly show, get signed up and hit the follow button.