Plug & Play Sessions Volume iii – Review

I am an avid supporter of music within Cape Town – less so recently – but over the last 6 years that I’ve been in Cape Town, I have made many the effort to make it to local gigs -whether it hurt my pocket or not. Plug & Play sessions, however, is a free event for musicians by professionals in and around the industry that they occurs around every 4-6 weeks.

We all know that collaboration makes us stronger, and allows for cross-pollination of ideas – yet how does one achieve this? Plug & Play sessions, organised and hosted for free by Quicket at the minimalist and classy gallery Youngblood, is an innovative attempt to bridge the gap (there are too many puns here) between musicians, who can become isolated in their creative bubbles.

For example; the last time musicians met at Plug & Play sessions we had Hagar Graiser talk about ‘music industry citizenship’ and how musicians need to come up with methods together to create their own sense of community.

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A depiction of Hagar Graiser talking about music industry citizenship and complex problem-solving.

Mapumba (depicted in the first image) spoke on the importance of performance, and the rest of the evening consisted of a few featured bands; Fruit Vendor brought their own flavour, and Because Matt (see above on the right) sang about ‘judging people’. Martin Myers, founder of a non-profit called ‘Music Exchange’, which seeks to empower those in the music industry, spoke of how important it is to be professional, and pro-active.

Finally, some information on networking and social media was doled out by Music Exchange – One can create one’s own world, television show, or otherwise, on Instagram, Facebook, or Youtube. ‘Why have you not been doing this?’ Dylan Kohlstadt seems to ask through her repetition of social media’s importance…

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Notes taken while Dylan Kohlstadt spoke on building a media following.

‘We’re too busy playing music.’ Hanno (from Well Done Sun) asserts from the audience.

And we don’t doubt it – musicians – especially the serious ones – spend so much time in their private rooms practising that they tend to neglect the NB promotion side. For those floundering and grounded alike, Plug & play sessions poses a platform for musicians across genres – which reminds us – perhaps as South Africans we need to be supportive of the music industry as a whole in order to boost its viability in the long term: I recognised a few musicians from the previous session and hope it continues. Can Plug & Play sessions help us to build a sense of ‘citizenship’ within and across our communities? Keep an eye on the Quicket facebook page for future events!

Were you at the event? What was your spin on it? What would you have done better if it were up to you? What did you think of this short review?

Please contact me at charlie.cmart@gmail.com if you would like me to sketch a band or event.

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