Why I love talking to concert fans and what’s coming in 2012


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We’ve been cruising along with the new Live Fix Radio podcast and every time I talk with a fellow concert fan for a new episode I’m always so pumped after our chat. I freakin’ love hearing about all your live music stories!

That said, we recently met up with Eric “Nihilist” Kolkey who’s in the film You Weren’t There, one of our favorite rock docs about the early punk scene in Chicago. We talked with Eric about his experiences as a promoter and tour manager during the early punk scene in the 80’s, what he feels and does during Vivian Girl concerts and what was so scary and exhilarating about seeing Lady Gaga live in 2007 and then in 2010 at Lollapalooza.

We’ll be sharing our chat with Eric very soon on an upcoming episode, but I just wanted to share this moment with you because if I didn’t I leak a little bit of excitement out of the podcast pressure valve I feel as if I might burst.

I also wanted to share this preview with you because I want to encourage you to swap stories with us and the other concert fans you know.  It’s so powerful and fun to hear what you’re all experiencing at shows and I hope we can do more of this in 2012.

That said, we invite you to join us on the new Live Fix Google Plus page because we’ll be hosting live Hangouts in January and we’d love to have you join us to talk about some of your favorite shows of 2011 and what you’re looking forward to in 2012. You can also follow us on our Twitter page @livefixmedia too for experiments, the latest news, interviews, concert contests and stuff.

Until then, drop a comment below and stay tuned for more!

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Daria Musk Continues To Connect with Fans, Build Community with Google Plus



As you know, we’ve been exploring how Google Plus and Hangouts are allowing fans and bands to connect in new and intimate ways to revolutionize the virtual concert experience.

Now, we’d like to share with you a very interesting story we’ve been following about singer-songwriter Daria Musk who’s been using her Google Plus page and marathon Hangout Concerts to “change her life” and quickly become a rising star on the web.

As you can see by the fan map above and the snippet from Musk’s post about How Google Plus changed her life, the new social network, and it’s ability to create an instant virtual community of live music fans, is completely changing what a concert is, how it’s experienced online, and how the shared experience of a concert can spread virally across the world.

As night turned to day for viewers in Europe, evening into the wee hours of the morning for me, and morning shifted to afternoon in Australia… I kept playing to see as many of their beautiful faces as I could. We played for 7.5 hours straight.

We played for guys in Sweden, ladies in London, a girl in the Dominican Republic, people in Argentina and Ghana and a mother and son in China. A hospital in Portugal fed the live-stream of the concert onto the screens in their ER room to cheer up patients and nurses. I saw little girls dance to my music on an Australian Sunday morning when it was Saturday night for me. I watched the sunrise in Norway through a new fan’s screen while I played my song called “Foreign Cities”. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.

Musk is a very savvy musician and she’s released the Hangout Concerts online. And I had the pleasure of watching her ask fans what the Hangout Concert album should be called and it wad great to see the community rally around her and most importantly see her connect and interact with her fans directly.

What’s also interesting about Musk’s story is that it’s very similar to how Kate Diaz, another singer-songwriter who has successfully used YouTube to showcase her songwriting skills, develop her talent and get gigs playing with K’NAAN.

Who Else Is Using Google Plus?

Here’s a long list of other artists and musicians who are using Google Plus to connect with fans. The fan engagement level and style varies for all of them. For example, I didn’t see a whole lot of Hangout’s or two-way dialogue from Madonna, Snoop Dogg or Britney Spears, just a lot of the standard tour updates, slice-of-life posts and promotional stuff. But my personal favorites on the list are Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, and Fallout Boy’s Pete Wentz all of whom have hosted several hangouts with fans.

We’ll continue to follow Musk’s story we’d like to hear what you think about artist using Google Plus to re-invent the meaning of live music. What artists have you enjoyed connecting with and following? Let us know and share your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

We’re also putting together our first Concert Fan Hangout, so connect with us on the Live Fix Google Plus page.

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Another Great Google Plus Hangout Night of Open Mics and Concert Fan Stories



Last night we had a great time continuing our Google Plus Experiment by hosting and joining in a Hangout. And I have to say that I’m even more pumped and excited as I was before about using the social network to share concert stories and connect with you, my fellow live music fans.

Steven’s Gate Crashing Story

As we told you during our Lollapalooza podcast episode and concert fan tribute, we had the pleasure of meeting Steven and discovering a few of the details about his gate-crashing story as we headed into Lollapalooza this year.

And last night during a Google Plus video Hangout we had the chance find out more of the inspiring and creative back story of what happened before and after Lollapalooza, and more about Steven’s concert experiences which involved seeing and being in a Flaming Lips video and seeking in to see the Wu-Tang Clan at SXSW 2011.

We’ll be sharing Steven’s full story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio so keep your eye out for that episode because what he told me had me smiling and shaking my head in amazement and I have a feeling you’re going to really enjoy Steven’s story too.

I always get excited when I have the opportunity to talk with other fans about their experiences and I have to say this Hangout test run that included me, Steven and Colleen was a perfect primer for our plan to have regular Hangouts with concerts fan where we talk about our live music stories and other concert topics. And I’ll tell you how you can join us in a moment.

But first, let me tell you what else happened last night.

Spontaneous “Open Mic” Hangout

Immediately after our time with Steven we jumped right into a other “open mic” Hangout hosted by musicians Heather Fay and Cat Beach.  This experience still has been buzzing this morning because it allowed us to continue our virtual concert experiments.

And what I love the most about this open mic Hangout (photo above) was that it was intimate, friendly, communal and totally spontaneous, which are all qualities I’ve enjoyed about most of the concert-focused Hangouts I’ve been a part of. You can find out more about Fay’s virtual “open mics” nights at Hangoutparty.com.

It’s in these types of intimate online live music settings that I think bands have the greatest opportunity to create powerful connections with fans before, during and after the show.

And these types of virtual mini-concert experiences are also great for creating valuable connections with other bands and promoters to build a strong support system, especially when it comes time to tour and collaborate on future albums.

Right now it appears that Hangouts are limited to about 10 people, but it seems that some Hangouts can hold more people or they be configured differently for larger audiences, especially when it involves a band or musician. I say this because the Black Eyed Peas recently hosted the largest pre-show Hangout to date with their NYC concert on Sept 1st, that raised over 4 million dollars for charity.

According to Google Plus news here’s what Will.i.am said about the Hangout and connecting with fans:

lets have fun at the backstage hangout…we even have a hangout onstage as well…
i want to re-define backstage interaction with fans who can not make the show…i think this will be the very first online backstage onstage web cam session…
“i like doing things 1st”

And here’s a 3hr plus video that captures the event.

After our Oprah Flash Mob Experiment we’re not surprised that the BEP’s are early adopters on Google Plus and we’re looking forward to seeing what they and other bands will offer fans i n the future.

How Can You Join Our Experiment with Google Plus?

As we mentioned before, we’ll be hosting more Hangouts about Emotions, complaints, Dancing Guys and other popular Experiments we’ve done, and we’d love to have you join us.

Google Plus is now open to everyone and all you need to do is sign up here. Once you’re set up go ahead and find me on Google Plus, and then add me to your circle. Be sure to drop me quick note letting me know you’d like to be involved in the next Live Fix Hangout.

Until then, I’d love to hear what you’ve been experiencing on Google Plus so let me know what you think in the comments below and we’ll share your story on future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Why Our Google Plus Concert Experiment Continues To Rock


I’ve been having lots of fun on Google Plus these last couple months.

Ever since I got my invite I’ve been playing around with it to see what the value of the social network is for concert fans. And I have to say that I’m really excited about the possibilities.

What I love the most about the experience is that there’s a lot of functions that are improvements on Twitter and Facebook, and this is the first post, of many I’m sure, where I’ll be sharing with you what I think are some of the best ways for you to get in on the fun as other concert fans are having with the new social network as it evolves.

What Happened During The Metallica Live Stream On YouTube?

For starters last night I had one of my favorite virtual concert moments when I was a part of a thread started by Robert Scoble who posted about Metallica being streamed live from Rio on YouTube.

The reason I loved this moment was because it was so fluid and spontaneous and the nature of the thread was filled the buzz of discovery and thrill of real-time storytelling and memory sharing about everyone’s feelings about Metallica at that exact moment and thoughts about Metallica in general.

Here’s how it unfolded.

I was working on another project and I had my Google Plus stream open and the second I saw Scoble post about the Metallica concert which I was also watching at the same time, I posted a comment and asked him a question about his Metallica concert experience.

A few minutes later, Scoble responded with the post noted above in the screen shot.

And it was fantastic to get insight into how the show was moving him at that moment mainly because that’s what I love to do. I love to know what it is about a specific live music moment that gets us so excited and I think Google plus has the greatest possibilities to do just that.

And from there the others joined in and the thread on the Metallica YouTube live steam really took off!

It was quite the rush to see everyone chime in from all around the world.

Some fans where in Rio, some had friends who were at the show and others were just adding context to their real-time experience by posting comments about what they were loving about the show.

Here are some of my highlights of the thread, especially Nick Wood post about mixing in Google Plus Hangouts.

I’m calling out Nick’s comment because I believe Hangouts possess the greatest possibility for concert fans to experience live music and share our concert story in a whole new way.

I’m not going to get into all the details right now but I will tell you that some bands are already taking advantage of the Hangouts such as Joe Satriani and other artists who’ve been using the live video chat feature to take fans into the studio and share live show stories.

Why Should Bands Start Using Google Plus as Fans?

And when you think about, the benefits for bands to start using Google Plus now it that it’s a fantastic way to connect with core fans on a very grass roots and personal level.

And those bands that do jump in on threads like this Metallica one, or other live music threads, and interact with fans will certainly stand out.

Think about it…

How cool would it be as a fan to find yourself  randomly  interacting with James Hetfield or the member of your favorite band in a thread on Google Plus.  If this were to happen, it would be a great way for band buzz to build virally on a social network during a tour or before a tour kicked off.

As you can tell, I’m pretty jazzed about this sort of thing and I’ll be posting more examples and info to this post and future posts as I discover other artists who are using Hangouts and other Google Plus features in creative ways.

But right now, the band’s taking advantage of these great opportunities are few and far between because there’s not a whole lot of bands on the network yet as Mashable points out.

What Else is Getting Me Jazzed About Google Plus (So Far)?

That said, the most buzz and excitement I’ve experienced so far is when I interacted with other fans and Google Plus staff who’ve also been demonstrating how to best use the network for sharing virtual concerts experiences and live music memory storytelling.

And it those those types of experiences where I’ve gotten most of the value out of Google Plus, which is why I’ll be pointing you in the direction of insightful folks and fellow concert fans like Natalie Villalobos, a Google Plus Community Manager.

Natalie’s shared her backstage and front row experience with the Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am and her favorite ACL moments.  She’s also posted helpful info like this one that I shared about how you can use Google Hangouts and other new features to enhance your concert experiences and connect with other fans.

How Can You Join Our Experiment with Google Plus?

On Live Fix, we’ll also be doing some Hangouts just for concert fans, and if you want to be invited go ahead and connect with us on the Live Fix Google Plus page and we’ll let you know when it’s happening. Until then, I’d love to hear what you’ve been experiencing on Google Plus so let me know what you think in the comments below and we’ll share your story on future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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