Canada's National Union of General and Public Employees (NUPGE) held a Viral Solidarity Concert on the web, quarantine-style. I did the concert at Big Red Studio, livestreamed on the web. Whether or not you caught it live, what we have here are all the songs I did, minus most of my talking and tuning, in a much, much higher-quality form -- as we were streaming, we were also recording.
David Rovicssongwriter, blogger and podcaster based in Portland, Oregon. In the modern era of free streaming and expensive rent, I have adapted to the patronage model of survival. I've set this up using various platforms, including Bandcamp.
The patronage concept in a nutshell is simple. For me -- as for so many other musicians, artists, journalists and others that today we often call content creators -- it is no longer possible to make ends meet by some combination of traveling, performing, writing and recording. That economy has largely collapsed, in so many ways. What has, for some of us, made it possible to continue full speed ahead with what we do, is a combination of crowdfunding individual projects, and subscription-style, ongoing patronage from supporters, organized through platforms such as this one.
Mainly what you get in exchange for your support is the knowledge that you are making it possible for me to keep doing what I do. But there are also many different exclusive offerings, only available to patrons, and there will be many more to come!
released April 3, 2020
Billy Oskay was at the board. All songs written and rendered by David Rovics.