It’s Friday night, and you’re out in the parking lot with friends pre-gaming for that concert you have been looking forward to for months. The grill blazes, the booze flows, and the music pumps! The fun time hanging out with friends before the concert is only outdone by the show itself. The experience of a live music show is something that will never be matched by a pair of earphones, car speakers, or you tube video, hands down. But for most fans in the audience, the experience on stage is distant, just out of reach of becoming personal. It’s no myth that the closer to the stage you are, the more connected and more personal the show feels. While not everyone at live shows gets that personable experience, an upcoming company by the name of Stageit is making it possible for millions of music fans to have just that.
Stageit’s business model is simple; they provide a way for artists, of any stature, to broadcast themselves playing intimate shows to any fan with an Internet connection. They don’t aim to attract international acts who want to broadcast a full scale production but rather, as the company says itself, “the amazing moments that happen in between.” Perhaps the most compelling feature is the ability to interact with artists during their show. Fans can request songs, ask questions and create dialog with the artist, all in a personable setting. Ladies, ever fantasized about the dreamy singer-songwriter serenading you while you cozily lay by the fire on a chilly night? Dream no more! Stageit even offers the tip jar feature so that fans can throw whatever amount of money they wish into the proverbial coffee can labeled “Tips” on their digital sidewalk.
What’s in it for the musicians then? Most obviously, it gives them a new way to get to know and interact with their fans, especially those who were not physically present at the show last night. If you are a big enough name, you can give your fan base a better sense of who “You” are instead of the “The Performer.” The platform could also serve as way for artists to test run or bounce ideas off those who listen to their music. Have a new song in the works? Stageit! Get your followers reactions then and there to see if it catches. For artists who are not as widely known, it gives them a way to share their talent and art with fans across the country, or world for that matter, whom they can’t readily see or play in front of. I know musicians who have moved across the country or lived in other countries for while and still have a significant fan base there or back home, and no monetary means to constantly fly back every month for live shows. Stageit solves that problem by allowing musicians to play in front of family and friends all from their own kitchen.
So what could possibly make this service any better? How about a way to make some cash! That’s right, Stageit also offers the ability to release your desired number tickets for each show you broadcast and then set the price. So while you might be playing a set from your kitchen, you just paid for the guitar case you picked up last week. Have a charity you would like to raise some money for? Well you can see where this is going.
Stageit is changing the artist-fan interaction system. There’s no need to constantly hit redial on your phone when trying to call in for that coveted meet-n-greet pass from the local radio station anymore. Throw a few greenbacks down for an e-ticket to your artist’s intimate entertainment experience on Stageit instead. The website www.stageit.com is also a phenomenal way to discover new music. It doesn’t matter if you fill stadiums, or pubs, or are in the crowd watching, my question to you is the same, what are you waiting for? Artists still not convinced? Check out Stageit’s promo video on the left.
Have you ever personally used Stageit for viewing or playing? If so, how was your experience?