It was Friday night and there were about 30 of us crowded into a mid terrace house in north London. The band had already set up in the upstairs living room and our host called us away from our conversations to enter the most intimate of concert experiences.
A living room gig gives a whole new meaning to the words ‘My-Space gig’. Ben Parker the Artist was contacted through his MySpace site and asked to do a private gig and its gone on from there. He’s now done a whole load of Living Room Gigs over the past couple of months and in the process is perhaps starting somthing new. Ben says “Doing an online gig is sterile and the only way to really interact with your audience is to do it live.” That night Ben took us to his world. No one talked while he played, he held us captive and touched us in an intimate and moving way. (Especially the performance of ‘Survive the Rain’)
PSFK asked Ben Parker what gave him the idea of doing these free concerts in other peoples houses: “It was a couple of things, I’m a musician and a performer and these gigs give me the opportunity to interact with an audience and get my music out there and listened too.” It helped that Ben’s music was perfect for situation. The end result of the evening was everyone buying a CD and going home feeling special, feeling that we’ve all somehow been taken to the moon and back. PSFK does not know if it’s a reaction to overcrowded pubs, the new smoking ban, the need of a load of 30 somthings to reconnect with gigging music or just the desire of a performer to engage with his audience. PSFK believes that this type of performance will grow as social networking grows and we all want to reach out from behind our computer screens and touch and experience something real.
Follow up: In the last week I’ve now had my second Living Room Gig invite!