Live Talks EPS15: What Was Your Gateway Drug?

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Monday’s Zoom this week started intense and ended on a high note.

We kicked it off with updates from different countries. Sadly, due to an alarming number of increased Covid 19 cases in The Netherlands, they have once again enforced strict restrictions on the country through August 13th, at the earliest. This, of course, left festivals and events scheduled during this time no choice but to cancel, while other festivals set to commence later in August lie in limbo, with no clear answers from the government on what they will do after the 13th.

We learned of more cases continuing to rise rapidly in many other countries and borders tightening up for travel.

We continued to warn and stress the fact that as long as governments don’t accept that Covid 19 and all of it’s variants are here to stay, and that vaccinated individuals will continue to test positive but very likely, not become ill or hospitalized, we’re still very far from returning to any sense of normalcy when it comes to live music… unless of course you throw a football game into your set (geesh).

Before it took over to nothing but doom and gloom, we changed the subject to the focus of the Live Talks. Finding out what people’s A-HA moment have been during this unprecedented, forced downtime.

It was so lovely to hear people open up and share their stories. Whether it was getting back to hobbies and passions they haven’t had the time to work on in the regular day to day grind of 2019 life, or new classes they have taken for dance, yoga, make-up, etc., or finding a brand new passion that lie dormant for years and going back to school to pursue it. We discussed how these things can tie into life back on the road when we can return to it.

All in all, it was a really great session where we got to know each other a little bit more and hopefully spark some creative juices to flow as we try to navigate life both during and beyond Covid. We love hearing feedback from you as we continue to set up all of our ventures with C.R.E.W Coalition to provide you with the tools you need to reinvent yourself and survive anything that is thrown your way, while still allowing you to do the work in the live events industry that you love.

EPS15: What was your gateway drug?

Music is a drug. It can be all encompassing. Listening to music can release the same endorphins and chemical reactions as sex or drugs can. Read more about a study proving this theory here.

Another article from The Philadelphia Enquirer based on a study states:

“Maybe sex, drugs and rock and roll belong together even more than we thought.

A new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University found that listening to highly pleasurable music releases the same reward neurotransmitter — dopamine — in the brain that is associated with food, drugs and sex. In fact, just anticipating listening to good music led to release of dopamine in students who participated in the study.”

Read the full article here.

I’m guessing if you’re here and reading this, you already knew that, though.

So we’ve decided to have a little fun for our next Live Talks session.

What was your “gateway drug” into this crazy world of live events? By “drug” we of course mean music.

What was that song, that band, that gig, that album that made you say, “YES. Yes, this is what I need to do with my life. I want in.”

We’ll discuss those pivotal moments that laid the foundation to your career in live events. Whether you’re a musician, a tech, production crew, a supplier, a driver, an agent, a promoter… let us LITERALLY hear what shaped you into who you are today.

We’ve created a Collaborative Playlist and we want you to add a song or two from your life that influenced your decision to take this path in life. We know it’s hard to get this down to one or two songs, but if this goes well, we plan on having a new monthly playlist for you to get your songs in there for the rest of the community to hear.

Anything goes here, as you can see. Whether it’s a musical, a classical piece, rock, pop, hiphop… Hell, if the first time you heard “The Wheels On the Bus”, you knew without a shadow of a doubt that a career in music was your future, add it!

We also want to hear the stories that go along with these songs. Is it true when they say you should never meet your idols? Was their an artist you were in love with as a kid that you later learned is a total jerk and now those classic songs of your youth make you want to throw up in your mouth? Or did you tour with a band whose music you absolutely despised going into it, and by the end of the tour, you were hooked and couldn’t go a day without creating a playlist of the exact set they performed every night?

Let’s take a summer break on Monday from this fucking virus and get back to where it all started for us.

The Music.

You can contribute by clicking on the FlyingFox AB Spotify Playlist here.

Feel free to give us a follow on there, too.

And for those of you who read all the way through this and just want an easy link to our Zoom on Monday, July 19th at 20:00 CEST / 19:00 BST / 2 PM EST / 11AM PST, click here.

We hope you have some fun with this and we can’t wait to hear your stories on Monday! This is a great opportunity for you to invite your friends and colleagues who have maybe been a bit hesitant about tuning in before. Let’s get a kickass playlist going, and hopefully we’ll even discover some new cool music we never even knew about!

As usual…. a few reminders.

This is an open forum and we want to hear from everyone who wants to speak. We LOVE the enthusiasm these bring out in everyone, but let’s be respectful to our fellow C.R.E.W members. Please be sure to mute your mic upon entering the Zoom. Once we’re all in, we’ll go through a very brief introduction of ourselves so we know who is in the room. One minute or less. We’ll kick off the conversation with a current topic and let the conversation flow from there. PLEASE use the little “raise your hand” emoji in the reactions bar located at the bottom of the Zoom screen if you’d like to say something and one of our moderators will call on you. Be sure to utilize the chat as well if you’d like to add something or share information with the rest of the participants.

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