Danny Smith and I lived in a co-op together for the better part of 2 years. On Monday nights Danny would get the other residents and guests from elsewhere together over wine to showcase some of the most talented student-musicians on Stanford’s campus. During the rest of the week, Danny continued to support these artists through The Red Couch Project.
Now Danny and his team are trying to expand their project beyond the realm of Stanford. In their own words,
There are musicians everywhere. No, really, you probably passed three today without even knowing it. Some of them you’ve maybe heard play at a local party or event, but a lot of them either don’t have the time, confidence, or connections to land gigs that will get them noticed, and they definetly don’t have the funding to put together a professional showcase. The music you hear on your campus or at your coffee shop is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole friggin’ goldmine of talent in there! It shouldn’t be so hard to expose your music. It shouldn’t be so hard to meet other musicians. The infrastructure of the music industry is changing – musicians are rebelling against the grip of record label giants and carving out their own paths. Don’t believe us? Ask Amanda Palmer and her miraculous Kickstarter campaign. It’s time we create our own industry – one centered around intimate experiences, personal connections, and real music.
I encourage you to go check out The Red Couch Project’s indiegogo page and think about supporting them. A little goes a long way, and by supporting them you are supporting independent music.