With over 50 percent of sales sill being physical sales how come this is even a debate. Besides musicians who else tries to ignore more than half of their marketplace.
I (@FollowMeAlexG) am sure glad that I have lived in DC for 1.5 years before heading to NYC, because it was quite the maze to navigate. My business mission while in NYC was to visit as many of the great record stores as possible, and introduce them to our awesome company in person.
I took a Bolt Bus from Union Station in DC to NYC, and was definitely overwhelmed; it didn’t help that my “Apple Maps” wasn’t functioning very well. By the time I figured out the subway, and took the train to Brooklyn, it was pretty late in the day. I was staying with Kid Named Breezy and his manager in a Brooklyn apartment, and I decided to stick around for his video shoot that evening so I could meet the music industry professionals who were attending.
It’s okay to sin (in some cases), and in this case, it was okay to S.I.N all over the 9:30 Club. What I’m referring to is the “Strength In Numbers” national tour that was in Washington, D.C. this past Tuesday night. The tour features an excellent line-up of great bands, each bringing their own flavor to the mix.
What brought me to this show (besides the great music) was Sparks The Rescue frontman Alex, who I met when the band was playing on The Noise Tour with There For Tomorrow, Mayday Parade, and others. I took a liking to Sparks The Rescue, and decided to visit them again at the 9:30 Club. Also on the S.I.N Tour is headliner DRUGS (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows), Hit The Lights, and Like Moths To Flames.
I arrived at the 9:30 Club right as the doors opened giving me time to talk with Alex in an indoor voice, no screaming over blaring rock music. We had a drink at the bar and a chat about Sparks The Rescue and the music industry. Then I joined the band in their dressing room and met the rest of the gang. They are a great group of gentlemen who like to make great music, and encourage all types of shenanigans and good times, which I am always game to join.
When their set was about to start, I headed down in front of the stage to get the full Sparks The Rescue experience. They are normally a bit more pop-oriented, but for this tour, they are performing a more varied selection of songs. I definitely applaud their choice to play the heavier songs, based on my own personal preference, and think it fits in better with what the concertgoers want. BRAVO Sparks The Rescue! You get better every time I see you!!
The other band I watched was DRUGS. I have seen Nick Martin, Matt Good, and Craig Owens perform many times in different bands throughout my life, and to see them all in one band was a treat. Heck, I’ll even admit that they were a part of the inspiration for my decision to pursue a career in the music industry. Even though I was bummed that Craig and Chiodos parted ways, DRUGS sure makes up for any disappointment I might have felt.
For fans ….make sure you get tickets and plan your trip to catch one of the dates on the S.I.N Tour, because this is one hell of a show, get there when the doors open so you can experience music from some great bands.
Here is the list of tour dates: