Whether you’re on or off live music, this is one project you should get on board about

We’ve always said live music is amazing, for so so many reasons. Music and portrait photographer Tom Oldham has done a cool thing to show us why.

Oldham is raising money for War Child International, an organisation made up of a number of family humanitarian groups dedicated to helping children affected by armed conflict.

Simultaneously, Oldham has given us a rare insight into the effects of live music, by photographing a number of leading bands and artists before and after their respective live performances. The photos explore the ‘calm before the storm’, the exasperation, the adrenalin and the vigour that live music can bring. The comparisons are amusing and rather touching.

These images featuring artists like Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Prodigy, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Ed Sheeran, M.I.A., Rudimental, Primal Scream and more have been photographed across venues in the UK and have the potential to make a significant difference to people in need.

Curated by Ed Bartlett at The Future Tense, the 72-page photo book can be purchased through a pledge music campaign to support children in countries of the likes of Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

It has taken a mighty 6 years to pull off, but the reward could be huge. Here’s what Oldham has to say about it:

You can pledge for prints and books, even a jpeg – if you’d care to contribute to the wonderful work of War Child and get some of my work as a tasty payback then I would just love you all the more. If it’s not for you, then please share it – you know someone somewhere who loves at least one of the artists featured. Thank you – it genuinely means a huge amount to me, War Child, the artists, and the victims of war around the world. Please read more about where your contribution will go by clicking here.

There’s no denying that live music does good for all.

Take a look at the project here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/warchild

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“National Tour” – Wait, what?

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This image went viral earlier this week – why?

Luke Penman from Adelaide posted this image onto Reddit Australia to make a point about the definition of a “National Tour” in Australia. The image got more than half a million views and over 300 comments, and FasterLouder gave the “music person guy” a bit of coverage.

Apparently Penman posted it up as a joke he thought a few of his mates could have a chuckle about, being from Adelaide where the music scene doesn’t seem to flourish so much.

For people that live in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney – we are not all that hindered by the way a ‘National Tour’ of a band, even those from Australia, rarely venture further than the East Coast stretch, possibly stopping at a few larger towns in between – namely Newcastle, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

It’s a terrible shame; everyone should have access to live music and have the opportunity to see their favourite bands. But in Australia, these National Tours inevitably reflect the density of the population – more than 50% of our country’s population live in the east.

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So what can be done? Keep living the gig and spreading the love and need for live music, and hopefully the bands will catch on.

Live the gig as a broke-ass student

I’m all about promoting watching live gigs and supporting bands by experiencing their wonder and talent live, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem affordable. As a university student – I get that. If you can’t find yourself some cheap or free gigs to see, there are plenty of methods for showing your love for bands. So rather than using your phone to take awful recordings or semi-focused shots of the band when you do get the chance to see them live, here’s a few ways to support artists when your broke, courtesy of The DIY Musician.

1. Leave a comment

Leaving a comment is one of the easiest ways to show support. Take the time out of your busy schedule and leave a comment for your favorite artists. You can leave comments on blogs, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.

2. Video testimonial

Leaving a video testimonial is another way to show support. Recording a video testimonial or review is very simple given the technology that we possess. Record a video talking about the music. Keep it short and share it with the artist or your loved ones.

3. Like or Share

Like the artist’s web content. Actually I want to take it a step further and say share the content. Share, retweet, repost, etc. Get the content in front of people. It’s free.

4. Change your Avi

If the artist has a new album or single out you can show support by changing your avatar. Changing your Avi is a simple process. All you have to do is find the artwork (Google search), save it and upload it. Bam!

5. Promote

Promoting an artist is easier than you think. All you have to do is track down the link and share it via your social media platforms. Add a creative blurb to your link or it might look like spam.

6. Word of Mouth

Remember that your word is valuable. People make decisions based on what their friends and family have to say about a product, service, or — in this case — music. Share the music that you love with those that are close to you.

7. Post content on Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc.

You can post the content on Reddit or Stumbleupon and help the artist receive an uptick in views or plays. Make sure your follow the guidelines of the site though or risk getting banned.

8. Post content on message boards

Post the content on message boards and help spread the word. In order to do this you usually need to register with the site. If this is too much work, try looking for a Facebook group that you can contribute to.

9. Use a Hashtag

Use an established hashtag on Social Media. All you have to do is find the hashtag that the artist is using and use it whenever you talk about their music.

10. Blog About It

One of the best ways to share your thoughts about a single or album is to blog about it. This form of support is very beneficial. It has SEO benefits, Social Media benefits and personal benefits. Share your honest thoughts about the music, and then press Publish. When you are finished you can even contact the artist to notify them of your work.

What do you think? How do you support artists when you are financially limited?

Leave a comment below!