So there are these things called house concerts — which I had no clue about and think sound awesome — and of course, a startup has wedged themselves into this DIY community and are extracting money — taking it away from the performers. You pay $15-$30 for a ticket and the artist gets nothing.

Nothing.

This whole gig economy (no pun intended) needs to die as soon as possible.

Also: https://medium.com/@jhmcclai/why-its-important-boycott-sofar-sounds-and-start-hosting-your-own-house-concerts-fc16cdb88712

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/04/28/sofar-sounds-house-shows-airbnb-middleman/

14 thoughts on “So there are these things called house concerts — which I had no clue about and think sound awesome — and of course,…

  1. Mickey Schulz The article mentions that a lot of people assumed the company was a non-profit. Otherwise, there are enough musicians desperate enough for exposure that they are willing to participate.

    The Medium article also brings up the whole Uber issue, i.e., it’s so easy for the end user that not much thought is given to what happens behind the scenes.

  2. < ![CDATA[Mickey Schulz The article mentions that a lot of people assumed the company was a non-profit. Otherwise, there are enough musicians desperate enough for exposure that they are willing to participate. The Medium article also brings up the whole Uber issue, i.e., it's so easy for the end user that not much thought is given to what happens behind the scenes.]]>

  3. < ![CDATA[The PNW has a pretty well established history of house shows, and the thought of any of our folks using these guys is pretty laughable, at least in the DIY punk scene. I can't speak to other music scenes.]]>

  4. < ![CDATA[Wait wait wait wait wait...... There's a company that now runs house shows and then takes the money? ... Wait... Wait....... What? Dude, talk about trying to be predatory on like the lowest level.]]>

  5. “As for accusations that the company is co-opting elements of DIY culture for profit, Davis laughs. “You know, the thing about the ‘oh, we’re punk rock, we’re a real DIY scene’ — DIY honestly just means that it has to do with the community,” he says. “DIY means a show that has a very warm, comforting intimacy to it, a connecting element, a scene. Sofar has all of that at our shows. We’re just a little more organized with it.

    “What is DIY?” he says. “It’s an interesting question to ask.”

    That is the dodgiest answer ever to a straightforward question.

    ‘Let me redefine the thing you’re talking about into a way that works for my point, then STILL not answer your question.”

  6. < ![CDATA["As for accusations that the company is co-opting elements of DIY culture for profit, Davis laughs. “You know, the thing about the ‘oh, we’re punk rock, we’re a real DIY scene’ — DIY honestly just means that it has to do with the community,” he says. “DIY means a show that has a very warm, comforting intimacy to it, a connecting element, a scene. Sofar has all of that at our shows. We’re just a little more organized with it. “What is DIY?” he says. “It’s an interesting question to ask.” That is the dodgiest answer ever to a straightforward question. 'Let me redefine the thing you're talking about into a way that works for my point, then STILL not answer your question."]]>