Losing weight, getting active, eating healthier: the stereotypical New Year’s resolutions that you hear once the ball drops on January 1. I, personally, am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions – why wait for a new year to start on goals you have for yourself? However, this year, I am creating two resolutions for myself as a music fan. Entering 2020, my resolutions are to be more present in the local music scene and to listen to opening bands before I see them live.
If you look at my music library currently, the only bands from Baltimore you’ll find are All Time Low and Sharptooth, and All Time Low isn’t exactly a small band trying to break into the bigger scene anymore. It’s not that I avoid listening to local bands, it’s just that it’s so hard to find them unless you already know them. However, this year, I’m going to make an effort to find and support smaller bands from Baltimore – after all, every band that I’ve ever listened to was a local band at one point.
Not only am I going to strive to listen to more Baltimore-based bands, but I’m also going to find some local bands in Pittsburgh to support. Next fall, I’ll find my home at Point Park University in Pittsburgh for my first year of college. Finding local bands to support in that city is especially important, as it will help me with my career. I’ll be majoring in sports, arts, and entertainment management with the hopes of being a tour manager, so the more local, small bands I can support and build connections with, the better the chance is that I’ll have a tour management job when I get out of college.
By supporting more local bands, I’m hoping to also score some interviews with them. Not only will this help to give my blog some more unique content, but it may also give the bands new fans from my readers. Interviewing local bands should also help me build a rapport with them, which will hopefully help me with my career further down the line.
I’m also an advocate for supporting opening bands, but it’s time for me to start practicing what I preach. There have been too many times where I have never heard of an opening band, see them live, immediately fall in love with them, and then kick myself for not listening to them beforehand because I couldn’t watch their set with as much enthusiasm as I would if I was a fan. However, 2020 is the year that changes. I will listen to every opening band to find out if I like them or not; this way, if I am a fan, I’ll be able to sing along and show them support during their set.