Musician goes live
Posted on April 1, 2021
Dale Bryce, foreground, checks audio levels for Chet Nichols as they ready for Nichols' livestream performance. Bryce received an artist support grant from the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge to purchase equipment for recording music written during
Dale Bryce remembers the day in mid-March of 2020 when the messages started coming in, one after the other, canceling music gigs and bass lessons immediately and having no idea when his income sources would free up again.
Fast forward one year and a grant award later, and Bryce is set to launch his livestream concert and recording services for not only his own bands but also for other interested musicians.
“I applied for and received an artist support grant from the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge late last year that allowed me to purchase the equipment needed to both record music written during the pandemic isolation and livestream virtual concerts,” Bryce said. “This equipment means that I can record and stream high quality audio with studio quality inputs and a super clean signal. It has multiple inputs that can stream or record audio and video of a full band and be able to hear all the instruments.”
Bryce, who owns Bass Space Music Place in downtown Wilson, said that although some venues are beginning to open up, he believes it might take a little while for people to really trust going out in crowds again.
“I really believe that it’s going to be wide open for music in the latter part of this year, but until then things will still be sparse,” Bryce said. “I think this virtual concert kind of format is here to stay for a while, and I think you’ll see a lot of that for at least the next two years or even from here on out.”
Bryce plans to stream live and recorded concerts on the YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and possibly Twitch platforms.
His first live concert will be streamed the evening of April 23 and feature FatMouth, a jazz/funk quartet he has been playing with for the past three years. The group plays original songs and some jazz standards.
“Our livestream concerts will predominantly feature our original music written over the last year,” Bryce said. “Each member has contributed at least one song.”
All concerts will be available to watch free of charge, but donations are accepted.
“If you feel like donating a couple bucks via whatever payment app you use, we’d be thrilled because all of us have taken a financial hit because of the pandemic,” Bryce said.
Local musician Chet Nichols livestreams each week on Facebook Live and is excited about the opportunity to take advantage of Bryce’s new recording and livestreaming equipment. Nichols, who performs his original Americana/roots rock music, also sees livestream concerts as part of the “new normal.”
“As music venues reopen, I think livestreams will continue, but the difference for the ones who can still sustain viewers/views might come down to the quality of the stream,” Nichols said. “I’ve had a chance to see all of the new equipment, and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of these new features. I’m so happy for Dale.”
For more information about and dates for virtual concerts from Bryce, FatMouth and other area performers visit the Facebook pages of Bryce on Bass, Bass Space Music Place and FatMouth.
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