I had a moment with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot…
Although brief, it was awesome. 😉 Check out the video below!
GigTown is a mobile app where you can discover local artists, track where they are playing, and book them for your own private events. I’ve been a GigTown artist for about a year and love this company. They threw a party for all their artists on 4/25/2016 (Local Music Appreciation Day) and treated us to a complimentary Switchfoot concert at The Music Box. I had the pleasure of playing the Music Box with my band in February. For my fans that made it out to that show, you know how intimate and awesome this venue is. To be able to see Switchfoot on that stage was a DREAM. Last time I saw Switchfoot perform was at the San Diego County Fair a few years back and we had the worst seats all the way in the back behind a pole (for anyone that knows this venue, you know exactly what I’m talking about).
Opening for Switchfoot were Tyson Motsenbocker and Ryan Hiller who put on incredible shows. I had a blast hanging out with all the other talented artists there and re-connecting with some old friends.
GigTown is revolutionizing the music industry by helping the demand for live music catch up with the supply of live music. Because there are so many incredibly talented artists, venues and event planners rarely have to pay much to hire these musicians. This unfortunately devalues what musicians are worth and propagates the “struggling artist” mantra (something I’ve been fighting against for years). GigTown is changing this by giving venues a platform to showcase themselves, as well as allowing individuals to connect with local musicians and book them. All through an app!
What I like most about GigTown is that they are respecting musicians, and helping others to do the same. Paying $100 for 2 hours of music just isn’t enough, especially when the artist has to bring a sound system, set it up, etc. People have a mindset that “It’s just for fun, right? Aren’t you happy to be paid at all?” What they don’t realize is that many of us make our livelihoods playing venues, and GigTown is helping create a paradigm shift for artists and bookers alike. It’s no surprise that the principals of GigTown are musicians themselves.
I’m really happy to be part of this great company and can’t wait to see how they grow over the next couple of years. When you download the app, you can see a list of all the local live music playing near you that day, preview what those artists sound like before you see the show, and really impress your date that night with how savvy and informed you are. 😉
Download the GigTown App and check out all the great music around you. The app is free and very easy to use. When you go out to see your favorite artists play live, you can check in on the app and leave the performer a $5 tip at no charge to you — pretty cool.