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If you’re like me, you love concerts. Watching your favorite musicians perform is a euphoric experience. As technology has advanced we can share our experience with our friends through social media. Even musicians have snapchats they post videos of their live performances on. At concerts I record my favorite songs, and yes I will admit I am one those people who tends to post too many snapchats during the concert.
I attended a Red Hot Chili Peppers show recently, and the guy next to me had an issue with me recording. He told me that it was okay to record, but to keep it to a limited amount of recording. I didn’t know how to react to this. I wasn’t sure if I should take his concerns into consideration, and the fact that I was recording during the show made his experience less pleasing. I wanted to record my favorite songs, and this guy had no choice but to deal with it. I ended up recording less of the concert, and paid more attention to the band. At the end the guy thanked me for that.
The truth is there is a concert etiquette that must be followed. What are the limitations when it comes to recording, or even enjoying the concert? It got me thinking: does technology interfere with the concert going experience? The purpose of going to a concert is to enjoy the environment and great vibes.
Last year I went to see Lupe Fiasco in San Francisco. I got there early and got the opportunity to stand in the front row. I was ecstatic to see one of my favorite rap artists live for the first time. The show started and he began to perform, but suddenly he stopped the show. I was confused as to what was happening. "Put your phones away," he said. This was the first concert I went to where the artist told his fans to enjoy his music and not record. From that point on I limited the recording because he called out about five people who he saw on their phones. I appreciated Lupe doing this because it gave me an opportunity to fully enjoy his craft and not be focused on my phone. I understand the artist's viewpoint. You are at the concert to see the artist entertain you, and their purpose is to put on a show for you and not your phone. The purpose of concerts is to let loose, dance, and sing along to the music. I believe we tend to get lost in putting every little thing on social media, and lose the essence of enjoying the moment.
These two incidents did change my viewpoint when it comes to recording during concerts. It personally does not bug me when other people record during shows. I understand they want to keep the memories. But my point is to keep the posting to social media limited. Take into consideration the hard work the artist put into their performance, and they want to see your face and not your phone. Don’t forget to live in the moment, and bask in the live performance.