The crowdsourcing of music related media is continuing to trend upward, and one of the more recent iterations of this is the Austin, TX based Vivogig. I’ll let the first two paragraphs on their “About” page speak for themselves:
Vivogig is an Austin-based live music photography platform where fans like you capture and share gig pics and compete to earn the top spot on the photo charts. By collecting and curating live music fan content, vivogig allows bands, brands, fans and venues to benefit from the mutual creation that already happens at concerts and festivals around the world. We help musicians promote themselves and be discovered by new fans through fresh, crowd-sourced content following every performance.
Instead of fan pictures disappearing into the four corners of the internet, vivogig allows you to relive shows from the perspective of the whole crowd. By curating fan passion, we’re taking the content generation out of the artists’ hands so that they’re free to do the stuff they’re really good at and that we love ‘em for – making music.
I AM TUNED UP decided to have a go at this service. This morning, we uploaded a single photo from the recent House of Heroes concert we attended. We found the process to be streamlined, intuitive, and bug free a rarity with online start-ups. While the website on the whole can get repetitive after a while, it is a fascinating and potentially addictive concept. Music fans now have the ability to potentially get multiple viewpoints of the same show, and the variety of shots and quality will give shows a real-ness that professional-only photoblogs lack. The main drawback right now is the Austin-centricity of the site. The site also works best when one comes with a specific artist in mind to search for, or just wants to see the most recent uploads (which go on, and on, and on…loading times could vary) and/or the most up-voted artists. All in all, cool idea! I AM TUNED UP will continue to submit periodically.