In a traditional yr, the members of the band Scythian would play about 90 exhibits, which implies spending wherever from 160 to 200 days on the highway.
That stopped when the COVID-19 pandemic made it to america in March 2020.
The entire band’s exhibits had been canceled on March 14, however Dan Fedoryka, who based Scythian along with his brother Alexander, got here up with an thought: They need to host a livestream on St. Patrick’s Day.
“I ordered the gear, and by chance I obtained some at the beginning offered out,” Fedoryka mentioned.
On the similar time, the band was additionally crowdfunding for its album and wanted to boost $7,000 in three days to satisfy its objective. The outcomes had been encouraging. The band’s stream amassed greater than 50,000 views, and their followers supplied a complete of $14,000.
Scythian determined to start out “quaranstreams” each two weeks to attach instantly with their followers and supply some consolation to individuals in the course of the outbreak. In addition they requested festivals and music venues across the nation to cross-post their exhibits on their social media platforms.
The members of Scythian are amongst a number of musicians throughout america who turned to various shops to attach with audiences and survive the pandemic.
The band will carry out a present on the Down House on Saturday, July 10, as a part of the discharge of its new CD, Roots & Stones. The present can have a restricted capability, and if it sells out, a second present might be added.
Scythian has steadily carried out at Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots and has performed the Blue Plum Competition twice.
For the primary three months of their quaranstreams, the band averaged about 40,000 views per stream, and throughout greater than 30 streams, Scythian gathered greater than 600,000 views. Throughout that point, it survived off Venmo ideas and merchandise orders.
“We’d take my lounge aside, we’d transfer every part out of my lounge and we might do a seven-camera shoot with lights, fog, a fog machine and full sound,” Fedoryka mentioned.
The band would additionally make its personal satirical commercials, turning the streams into a spread present.
“We produced a present mainly each two weeks,” he mentioned.
Like many different industries, COVID-19 ravaged the music world. Venues completely closed, and bands hung up their devices.
Tyrique Shahmir, a Johnson Metropolis hip hop artist, was gearing up for a tour earlier than the pandemic and mentioned he was in the course of signing with a file label.
“As a result of COVID and the dearth of touring and the dearth of touring I strayed away from that and determined to proceed the impartial path,” Shahmir mentioned.
Shahmir mentioned he averages 25 to 30 exhibits a yr, however COVID-19 slowed that down.
Shahmir additionally turned to livestreams in the course of the pandemic.
He carried out three streams to take care of contact along with his fanbase, using social media platforms like Fb, Twitch, YouTube and Instagram.
“It undoubtedly opened my eyes as much as how there’s so many various methods and so many various shops to get your music in entrance of individuals,” he mentioned.
Through the pandemic, Shahmir was additionally engaged on an album, “Eastside Misfit,” that can come out on Aug. 20. He is releasing an EP, “In Between a Gray Space,” on July 20.
Fedoryka added that it is nonetheless unknown whether or not many music venues will survive the pandemic. After so many months of isolation and quarantine, he is hopeful that individuals will need to discover an outlet.
“The margin of error is just not very giant for these impartial music venues and impartial musicians,” he mentioned.
The Down House, he mentioned, is taking lingering fears about COVID-19 significantly and is internet hosting Scythian’s present at half capability.
The neighborhood that sprung out of the band’s quaranstreams, Fedoryka mentioned, has endured. Now, when the band does it CD launch exhibits, individuals already know the phrases to the songs. Attendees know one another from the livestreams and are seeing one another in individual for the primary time.
“It is actually one thing unprecedented,” Fedoryka mentioned.