"Nobody wants to hear songs about life under lockdown. What are you going to say? 'Oh, I'm stuck at home and it's boring, I don't have a job anymore, things are sh*t.'"
- Jesse Battencourt The Cinematic Rejects
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Live Events Industry
With lockdowns leaving the live events industry teetering on the brink of collapse, what does this actually mean for musicians on the ground? From New York to Cape Town, CRXSS meets some of the young and talented artists from the up-and-coming scene to share their stories from a world without crowds, clubs and much cash to spare for music.
"It's definitely fuelled a lot of awareness for how much young and upcoming artists rely on venues, especially small venues."
- Pixie Cola
"Having the motivation to just sit down and write every day was certainly much harder when I didn't have a million other things..."
- Ben Nimmo
"Streaming services generally, even in normal conditions, are not really fair to the artists..."
"Before, people travelled like crazy to work together, which is fun, but also not that great - and exhausting."
"The human desire for live music is invincible."
- Karel Novotný The Bohemian Bards