Ok realtalk.. I’ve absolutely loved doing this 4-concert stream series* to promote the kickstarter, but there’s also a significant amount prep and thinking that goes into making these virtual concerts entertaining, with high quality interactive/playful elements going on for the audience during talk breaks and sometimes during the song performances themselves.
This last concert I did this past weekend, on Twitch, showed me there’s a lot of just getting used to Twitch that lies ahead if I want to keep using the Twitch platform (and I’m still on the fence about it, to be honest). I like the idea of having space to experiment with virtual performance art in a lower stakes way; like maybe not even Psyche Corp. concerts per se, but some other more low-key recurring performance I could do just to get used to the rhythm of virtual audience interaction and think more about my meta performing game. I imagine at some future point, I might do another concert series to promote some other thing (perhaps a music video fundraiser?) and then those concerts will benefit from my accrued experience in the virtual-performing part of this.
If low stakes performance art practice is to be a recurring thing, and I don’t want it to cut too much into other stuff I have on my plate, I wonder if the solution is dance improv. It would basically mean.. exercise time, which I need to get in anyway. It wouldn’t be for the purpose of ‘gettin’ famous’, so much as practice performing A Thing involving an audience and perhaps that would help get me thinking more about directions to evolve. If I did do some kind of recurring dance improv time on Twitch, I feel like.. I’d at first feel weird about doing it as psychecorp, on the psychecorp channel, but I think maybe if I changed what my auto-notification says when I go live (like.. saying something more specifically… ‘psychecorp improv dancing & chatting between songs’, so people aren’t expecting a concert)… maybe that would feel less misleading.
I really liked that when I went to instagram, I tried NOT to make it 24/7 about the band, and I think that actually helped people connect with me and I with them. Just thinking aloud here..
Probably the stream genre this would fit into would be some combo of JustChatting and Dance.. Personally, I haven’t really been that into JustChatting Twitch streams myself, but they do seem to be very popular. The point of low stakes performance though, is that it’s gonna be low stakes. Improv dancing is in no way going to be nearly as high quality entertainment as a Psyche Corp. concert. And in that way, I think being in the category of Just Chatting if I’m doing a low-stakes just-messing-around kind of thing, makes sense.