Concerts under quarantine

Evelyn Tsai, Staff Writer

Many musicians have recently started streaming live concerts to audiences across the world in reaction to the recent COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine.

“We’re in this period where we have this enormous capacity for altruism. And I think a lot of people right now are looking for a way to help. They just don’t necessarily know where to start or what to do,” said Ben Gibbard, lead singer and guitarist of Death Cab.

The quarantine heavily affects the music industry since music artists are unable to perform in concerts, record music, and create music videos “With the postponement of beloved events, necessary changes in people’s everyday life, and need for social distancing, we know our listeners are seeking a sense of community more than ever,” said Scott Greenstein, president of Sirius XM Radio.

However, musicians are finding ways to combat this confinement through the Internet. Artists can stream live music through their phones to millions of fans while staying in quarantine.

“I was supposed to be with the band Coldplay today, from which I come, but we’re stuck in different countries, so we can’t play together,” said Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay.

On March 16, Martin live-streamed on Instagram, taking song requests for about half an hour.

“We may have to be apart physically for a little while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music. The ‘One World: Together at Home’ concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

On April 18, many artists broadcasted “One World: Together at Home.” This performance, which aired on Global Citizen, supports the World Health Organization’s efforts against COVID-19.

“For many creators and fans, it [music] is a deeply emotional part of their life, a window into different ways of thinking, an emotional connection, a source of inspiration that feels more vital now than a month ago,” said musician Bob Boilen.

Although COVID-19 shut down many tours, concerts, and studios, we can find ways to stay together virtually through music.