Should this be communicated to the performing artists as well? When selecting artists to perform I do think about a variety of styles but not really sure if I can/should say to artists “don’t play that sound please”. Or can I?
I find it weird when people ask me to play more/less banging or to a certain ‘style’, that’s treating musicians like DJs and probably giving more respect to genre than it deserves. Having experienced a respected electroacoustic composer trying to make dance music I can also say that it’s actually not something that you can just ‘switch on’. Having said that there have been a fair number of times where I’ve heard live coded music that to my ears would work much better if the bpms were just faster. (For this reason the tidal default tempo is no longer 1 cps )
I’d defo like to do two room events but for the ones I’m organising I don’t have enough budget, especially if I wanna pay everyone fairly.
I think people are happy to pay more on the door for a two-room event. I also want to push for longer sets - 45 min - 1 hour rather than the usual 20-30 minute set time. Makes it a lot easier to pay people, as well as allowing more creative freedom, and pushing artists a bit.
I think I’m gonna start having that conversation when I’m talking with curators/venue owners. I might even ask them what kind of night they are anticipating.
I think normally music venue owners leave it up to you as the promoter to define how a night is represented. Definitely worth forcing this point on other kinds of venues. Personally I’ve moved away from working with non-music venues, there are often problems - acoustically, technically, culturally…