Chinese artists turn to live video streaming due to coronavirus
Chinese artists, DJs and clubs are streaming online concerts and sets.
One trait to admire in humans is our resiliency and adaptability. In the face of turmoil, we manage to stand together and get through anything.
Right now, China is living in an apocalyptic-like nightmare where it’s entire nation (one of the mightiest in the world) in under lockdown. With everyone ordered to stay at home, this naturally affects work, social and daily aspects of life.
Businesses are at a stand-still, including nightclubs, concerts and music festivals.
With everyone at home bored, anxious and isolated, China’s musicians are making the best of a harrowing situation by organising “bedroom music festivals” and live-streamed club nights to be streamed online for fellow countrymen to enjoy. No one can doubt the healing power of music!
A stream of joy
The idea was initially hatched by legendary Wuhan punk rock dive VOX Livehouse and has since evolved into a nationwide craze with record labels, city-specific venues, clubs and music festivals all diving in.
Fans can also find an array of genres to stream, including pop, hardcore, techno, experimental, punk and everything in between.
Most of the streaming action is happening on BiliBili, a Chinese video-sharing website. A cool feature on the site is bullet chatting, a function that superimposes user comments on screen in a way that makes users feel more present and important. “It’s like going to a karaoke parlor or being in a mosh pit without leaving your house,” one singer told Hyperallergic.
Billboard estimates that about 20,000 concerts scheduled to take place between January and March have been cancelled or postponed, so the streaming opportunity can really help out the music industry while bringing an ounce of joy to an anxious nation.
Read the report on Chinese artists and their online concerts via Hyperallergic.