TORRINGTON — It has been a terrible time for musicians, music venues, and music lovers ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year.
Musicians all across the country can no longer play live to large audiences, and if they do, it’s usually to a very small group.
Music venues everywhere have been shuttered and while the state has relaxed its venue capacity rules, open venues will only be allowed to operate at a fraction of their capacity.
And for music lovers, the days of listening to live music with their friends seem like a very long time ago.
While there are ways musicians and venues can broadcast live music performances, including Facebook Live and YouTube, it does not replicate the experience of seeing live music.
As the pandemic continues, a company is trying to bring back the live music experience, through virtual means.
RecordME, based in Torrington, is offering musicians the technology and the know-how for live virtual concerts that replicate in-person performances, with virtual arenas for audiences, and a way for musicians to sell tickets online.
“Musicians are dying for an opportunity like this,” RecordME founder John Fiorello said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “A lot of musicians’ incomes are dependent on performing. The pandemic has affected them both financially and emotionally.”
Fiorello said that a musician who wants to take part in a RecordMe event does not have to be a “techie” to operate the company’s technology.
“This is a platform for everyone,” Fiorello said. “There are very few technical tools that you need to do with something like this. We have folks in our company who can help identify any technology needs. We also sell and rent all of the equipment that someone would need. Anyone can get it up and running.”
The company rents and leases out to musicians a “box” that contains the technology needed for both live streaming and virtual performances.
The “box” is custom suited to the musician’s needs, whether it be home performance or studio quality.
RecordME provides other services to the musician, including recording distribution, event booking, and ticket sales through its website.
The company’s technology also provides musicians virtual spaces for performances.
“The experience gives artists and fans a virtual show,” Fiorello said. “Musicians can perform their music virtually on a screen and each member of the audience has an avatar where they can interact with each other and the musician. The avatars can do the things fans can do at in-person concerts, including dancing, clapping, and chatting with each other. Artists will also be able to talk with their audience through this technology.”
Fiorello said that the company works with artists of all kinds, from lesser-known musicians to more popular ones.
“Quality is very important to us and it is important to musicians because people are proud of their music,” he said. “The technology itself is flexible. From beginner musicians to professionals, we’ll fit everyone in.”
As for living music after the pandemic ends, Fiorello said that there will still be a need for RecordMe and technology.
“This technology will allow smaller venues to attract a wider audience that is beyond their geographical reach,” he said. “It will give performers a wider audience. With our technology,
people will still feel like they are attending an event. But now they can be with their friends from places around the world.”
For more information about RecordME, along with virtual events from the company’s technology, go to https://recordme.co/