It’s me again lunchers! I hope you didn’t think I’d forgotten about you. Of course, father time gets in the way of things… or perhaps has a way of putting everything perfectly into its place. Either way, today’s lunch post will be a little bit different but a little bit of the same. With time comes change and the ability for growth. And just like the pending season finale of Vampire Diaries, everyone must ‘graduate’ to a different level at some point.
It’s quite amazing, and has been for some time, how social media can impact the careers of your favorite singers, tv shows, movies and high profile celebrities through memes, contests, giveaways and more. Remember fan mail? Like… when you actually wrote letters to your favorite singer or movie star? Of course you don’t, you were born in 1995. But I do. And my how far we’ve come. Aside from the un-downloadable (and my all time favorite) way of building a fan base – live shows – artists are immediately given chances to use a ‘retainer-free’ medium to build up a future bypassing publicists, record companies, managers and corporate America alike.
Such is the case for one JP Corwyn. An acoustic rock artist who I had the pleasure of seeing live a couple of weeks ago at Dixon Place, one of New York City’s more polished Lower East Side haunts. His passion for his quick set up and pseudo-sound check almost matched the passion he exuded through his vocal/guitar set. Corwyn, an honest, vocally charged self contained act sang songs from his current and past projects. How would I describe his music? I’m glad you asked. Corwyn sings with the fervor of a college kid whose had one too many on a Friday night but with the control, dedication and energy of veteran. A man who has truly experienced life.
Even when you’ve experienced life, good old father time still loves to throw a fast one at you. Corwyn may be experiencing said fastball with The Vampire Diaries latest online competition “2013 Bitten By… A Fresh New Artist Competition”: an opportunity for independent artists to assist in building their audience by having a song featured on the show. And how does the artist win this competition? You guessed, good old social media. I’ve been following this competition for a few days and Corwyn has maintained his spot in the top 2, but his exact position tends to fluctuate hourly. Nonetheless, it is incredibly impressive that Corwyn, who admitted to me that his social media expertise is not on par with that of some viral sensations, continues to gather his listeners on a daily basis to vote for his song to be featured on the season finale of Vampire Diaries which airs tomorrow night on the CW at 8p. It looks as though contributing to the benefit of your favorite indie artist and your favorite teen soap may be a cut above fan mail… touché new generation, touché.