Why the Quarantine Period is the Best and Worst Time for Musicians
by Inside Manila Team, May 15, 2020 6:34pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
It’s been two whole months without seeing your favorite bands play during gigs and concerts. We miss our musicians but our longing couldn’t compare to the struggles they are going through during this situation.
For the music industry, the chance to virtually hold hands with civil society and with the most vulnerable Filipinos takes place at a time of vulnerability for the artists as well. National Artist Ryan Cayabyab or Mr. C thinks this is both the best and worst time for our music artists.
"It is the worst time, and the best time for musicians, creative artists and composers. The worst time, because there are no jobs available, no live performances, no gigs, no regular work that are needed for recordings, for live TV or taped TV shows, etc,” he said.
It will be a big adjustment for both the performer and audience as the applause and cheers will be replaced by reactions and comments. It will be awkward for the musicians to perform online without seeing the actual facial reactions of their fans, and will just have to get through the strange phase one way or the other.
Focusing on Creativity
But Mr. C also thinks this period can also be the best time for artists since they can practice more and have more time in perfecting their craft. Think about it: less distractions and no traffic that eats up our hours.
"It is also the time when much creativity is happening, to address the various situations we are faced with. We are circumventing or re-thinking how to use our talents to entertain. When at first it was only to express ourselves, we are now thinking of ways to monetize our performances online. We will get through this, and we will be better musicians, performers and creative thinkers and artists," he said.
And even though online concerts require big adjustments, Mr. C believes this became a way for the artists to be closer to people.
Grateful for Connectivity
The National Artist for Music hence emphasizes the pivotal role of connectivity during these uncertain times.
"Connectivity is the big star now. Online connectivity is our fastest way to communicate and to learn what we need to do in a pandemic such as this. Online connectivity is also our center of entertainment in this period of extended quarantine. Everything is there. As in everything – from varied shows, all the way to food delivery. Chat groups and community billboards and marketplaces have sprung to address our needs as an individual, family or community. There is no other medium now that can equal what online connectivity can do," he said.
And to use that connectivity to help our fellow Filipinos, Smart Communications stages Season 2 of Bayanihan Musikahan to continue to rally support for those affected by COVID-19 while uplifting the spirits of Filipinos staying safe at home. In partnership with Smart Music Live (SML) Online Sessions, the online concert series increases its vigor as the most visible Filipino citizen action platform at this time.
Season 2 brings revved-up musical specials bannered by stars. The SML Online Sessions widens the reach of what promises to be a memorable night with . Asia's Songbird herself, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. She performs with her husband, the popular singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid on Bayanihan Musikahan's Facebook on Friday, May 15, to be streamed over Smart's official Facebook page.
Continuing what SML Online Sessions began last April, this new round of live online sessions remains a way to bring together the generous spirit of the Filipino and give everyone hope as the nation presses on in its endeavors to eradicate COVID-19 and heal as one.