we are coming to you live (via streaming)!

As I start writing this piece, the stage is being set up for MUCC’s performance at this year’s Jack in the Box. They’re the final act of the night and the crowd’s energy is palpitating like mad. Then suddenly the stage lights up. MUCC appears and the familiar strains of their hit FUZZ is heard. The crowd goes wild. And I got to savor it all – in real time, at the comfort of my own home about 2,966 km away.

Welcome to the wonders of live streaming.

Jack in the Box 2010

Thanks to the emergence of sites like myspace and ustream, fans like me from other countries could now attend jrock concerts albeit in the virtual sense. In fact, Jack in the Box is just the latest to join a rapidly increasing list of events being broadcasted live via the internet.  Two days ago, I was rocking with Miyavi in ustream for his Screaming Out from Tokyo tour. About a month before that, I joined a legion of hyperventilating fangirls who were singing along with VAMPS in their free live at Roponggi.

What makes the experience different from watching the performance in say, a YouTube upload, is that since it’s live, you get to enjoy it untainted by comments/reviews from fans who were fortunate enough to attend the actual concert. And as I’ve mentioned a while back, you get to savor the moment together with those who are in the venue itself. You get to be one with them in anticipating for the next act or the next song, share their slight annoyance over technical difficulties and their amusement over an epic blooper that no DVD offshoot could give justice to. Via live streaming, the excitement is not just contained in the club or stadium alone but is spread out across the globe.

Live streamings hold even greater significance for us fans from countries that have slim chances of being included in a world tour itinerary. It’s our only chance to wholly experience the visual in visual kei. It won’t be an audacity to think then that I’m not the only one that’s extremely grateful for the opportunity. I’m sure nothing beats experiencing a live in the venue itself but for now, this would do. And besides, at least we don’t have to worry about our feet being stomped on or someone’s elbow hitting us in the face. Our biggest concern is the speed of our internet connection but that’s another story already 🙂


5 thoughts on “we are coming to you live (via streaming)!”

  1. Speaking of speed of internet connection… Do to lack of sufficient planning on my part, and my PC about to crash loading the stream, I wasn’t able to watch JITB live streaming this time around (although I hear they might be at it again sometime in December?), but I definitely intend to catch it next time.
    I agree with you that this is an awesome development in the whole scheme of internationalizing Jrock and Visual Kei music. If they can’t bring their shows overseas, it seems brilliant to at least stream some of them live so anyone who can handle being up at all hours can watch it online. Ironically, it won’t satiate our desire for them to tour over here, it will only aggravate it further. But who ever said we wanted to be satiated? There’s nothing more incredible than being in the audience at a live show, but, as you say, if we can’t achieve that right now, this is truly the next best thing. Hopefully this is just the beginning of live streaming shows.

    Take it easy-

    1. Live streaming is a win-win situation. And it’s a relief that the industry is realizing that. Although I was not able to watch it, the Nexus Project by Sync Music Japan last June is one good example.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Nice write-up! 🙂 I was also going to write a post on it but you beat me to it so I’m just going to comment here. ;p

    “Live streamings hold even greater significance for us fans from countries that have slim chances of being included in a world tour itinerary.” <– HELLZ YEAH. My first experience of a live stream was actually of the V-rock festival last year and for almost every moment I was hanging on the edge of my seat watching. Sure, the quality wasn't great but I was just grateful to be a part of a festival of this magnitude. But since then, I hadn't watched a live stream until the MIYAVI show – which, only when I clicked the link, did I realise that I was actually watching an actual live of one of Miyavi's show's taking place in Japan right then and there. 0_0

    "Our biggest concern is the speed of our internet connection but that’s another story already." Lol. Yea, [as previously mentioned] in my country, besides connection speed the amount of data downloaded is also an issue. We actually have to pay for the amount of data we download – namely we pay for 5GB of data a month and if we exceed this amount before the next month, then we can't use the internet without paying for more bandwidth. So in the end, not only is my connection so slow that the live stream lags, but I have to worry about whether its eating through my bandwidth or not. (-_-;) [At least I am in a time-zone that makes watching these sorts of things relatively convenient. ;p]

    Nevertheless, I am extremely glad that "they" [whoever that may be] decided to make use of today's technology and the internet to do a live stream for an event like Jack in the Box to share with fans from all over the world! 😀

    1. P.S I forgot to mention that I wonder why they don’t broadcast certain bands? Last year at V-rock they didn’t broadcast the GazettE’s performance and they were headlining! :/

      1. Thanks! I was wondering about that myself. They broadcast the karaoke but not all of the band performances. I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to catch Alice Nine as I logged in late (I forgot Jack in the Box was last Saturday 🙂 ) but from what I heard their performance was not even shown at all.

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