Thoughts From the Frontlines: Artist Perspectives on COVID-19

by Beck Macey

Thoughts From the Frontlines: Artist Perspectives on COVID-19

As COVID-19 spread across the US, the independent entertainment and music industry was hit hard. Hundreds upon hundreds of tours, recording sessions, releases, and shows were cancelled or postponed, leaving artists and industry professionals out of jobs and feeling incredibly lost. However, many people have re-cooped through the usage of social media and virtual streaming. We asked local musicians what has been hard and what they have learned because of COVID-19. Here are some thoughts “from the front lines” on what it’s like to be an independent musician/ industry professional right now.

Artist Thoughts:

Sam Oxford of Face Plant and Skrek “Although I’m not able to practice with my band, it’s pushed me to write more”

Dev Lamb of Brain Peel “Not being able to go to shows and connect with other bands has really been taking a toll on my creativity, I wish I could collaborate in person. However I’m learning Drums!”

Lucas Naylor of Carly Cosgrove “I miss the DIY community, Philadelphia’s music scene is so uplifting, the energy at shows encourages me to be the best version of myself. I miss the gigs, I need the gigs”

Josh Spaet of The Outliers “My independent project was just starting to take off, and now I wanted to expand my reach by going on tour, however this has all been halted. Now i’m working on perfecting my production skills in new creative ways instead”

David Cee of Hover “Not being able to practice in person with my bandmates is rough, Using zoom just isn’t the same. I’ve also lost my job so I can’t afford a practice space”

Thoughts From the Frontlines: Artist Perspectives on COVID-19

by Beck Macey

Thoughts From the Frontlines: Artist Perspectives on COVID-19

As COVID-19 spread across the US, the independent entertainment and music industry was hit hard. Hundreds upon hundreds of tours, recording sessions, releases, and shows were cancelled or postponed, leaving artists and industry professionals out of jobs and feeling incredibly lost. However, many people have re-cooped through the usage of social media and virtual streaming. We asked local musicians what has been hard and what they have learned because of COVID-19. Here are some thoughts “from the front lines” on what it’s like to be an independent musician/ industry professional right now.

Artist Thoughts:

Sam Oxford of Face Plant and Skrek “Although I’m not able to practice with my band, it’s pushed me to write more”

Dev Lamb of Brain Peel “Not being able to go to shows and connect with other bands has really been taking a toll on my creativity, I wish I could collaborate in person. However I’m learning Drums!”

Lucas Naylor of Carly Cosgrove “I miss the DIY community, Philadelphia’s music scene is so uplifting, the energy at shows encourages me to be the best version of myself. I miss the gigs, I need the gigs”

Josh Spaet of The Outliers “My independent project was just starting to take off, and now I wanted to expand my reach by going on tour, however this has all been halted. Now i’m working on perfecting my production skills in new creative ways instead”

David Cee of Hover “Not being able to practice in person with my bandmates is rough, Using zoom just isn’t the same. I’ve also lost my job so I can’t afford a practice space”