What It’s Like to be a Member of AltRockLiveOctober 13th, 2010 | Alex Tironati
Being a member of AltRockLive is not all Glitz and Glam you know. There is some work involved. But nobody cares about that, so I’ll get right into the fun stuff!
- Free concerts – Yeah, that’s right. We go to concerts. For free. But it’s only because we provide a service, and a very valuable one at that: promotion. The publicity we give to bands both large and small, venues, companies, and whoever else I’ve forgotten is basically free advertising. They rely on publications like us to spread the word about their recent exploits and to garner interest in whatever their work may be, whether that’s their music, merchandise, or shows. And boy are those free concerts sweet. Especially because there are usually 2 free tickets, which means you can bring a friend along and party on all night long.
- A wide variety of free concerts – We’ve been to so many concerts that it’s hard to keep track. AltRockLive has exposed me to artists I’ve never even heard of before, all because we’ve been offered to do interviews with them or attend their concerts. And whenever a favorite artist of mine is coming around it’s almost trivial to get into their show. Being a member of AltRock has definitely broadened my musical awareness and exposed me to a lot of interesting material.
- Getting in front of everybody else – Being part of a multi-billion dollar corporation like AltRockLive means we get only the best seats at the concerts we attend.
- Photo passes – Not only do we get the best seats, but we get to go in front of the people that fought for their lives to be the closest ones to their favorite bands. You know that area between the solid metal gate, the staff, and the stage? That’s our domain for three whole songs of every band’s set. We just stroll on up there through the side entrance and snap away with our cameras, getting so close to the performers that we can smell their sweaty pits, see the wrinkles in their face, and practically jump up on stage with them.
- Interviews - This is one of the best parts of the job. We get to meet the bands that you’ve only met in your dreams, and have lengthy conversations with them about practically anything we want. There’s nothing better than heading backstage to hang out with the guys from A Day To Remember, Story of the Year, Underoath, and more. Even if we don’t go backstage to do an interview, it’s always cool to get an artist’s perspective on their music. Haven’t there been times when you’ve listened to a song and wondered what was behind it, how it was inspired, or what it meant? Well who better to ask than the artists themselves!
- Bragging rights – A lot of people get jealous of their friends for going to one concert, so why not have your friends get jealous of you for going to ten for free?! On top of that, at each concert, if you keep a sharp eye out, you will likely end up snagging a pick or drumstick or set-list or sweaty towel from the performing band, just to rub it in.
- Free food – Okay well maybe this is a lot less common than the other parts, but when it does happen it’s so great. There’s nothing better than going to the press area at Warped Tour and grabbing the same drinks and snacks for free that everyone else paid $20 for.
- Meeting new people – Going to all these concerts means meeting a lot of new people. Sometimes they’ll be whiny 13 year old fan girls or gross smelly guys, but for the most part there are a lot of cool people to meet and hang out with. If you want to learn more about the different people you can meet at concerts you should check out Drew’s previous post about the types of people at concerts.
- Any work involved is the fun kind of work – Any work you have to do for the site directly pays off, and is usually something that is relatively enjoyable to do anyways. Adding pictures to the site, writing interviews, reviews, blog posts, news updates, tweaking the functionality of the site, gathering band info – everything is mostly straightforward and once your finished you can see what you’ve done immediately on the site. Talk about instant gratification!
So to sum it all up, being a member of AltRockLive is basically like this: you and a friend go to tons of free concerts where you take pictures, go backstage to hang out with and interview bands, get free food and memorable items like picks and drumsticks, get the best seats, learn awesome things about music, meet lots of new people, and have a great time. If that doesn’t seal the deal for ya, you also get to be a part of the coolest site in town with the coolest folks around (that would be us mofos).
If you’re interested in joining our team and making significant contributions to the site, feel free to contact either myself or Drew at our E-Mail addresses found here: http://www.altrocklive.com/altrockteam.php. Thanks for reading!