In this First Concert Ever segment, Wes James, lead singer of the pop rock band, Goldpark, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
So weirdly enough, it’s hard for me to nail down what my “first show” was. I didn’t go to many concerts at all when I was younger, so really it all started in high school. I had been to a few house shows, and I’d seen a few people I knew who were in bands put on events. But the first time I really felt like I was at a show I think was for this band called Little Image.
Some buddies of mine had seen that a band we knew was opening for them at the Basement East, so we went to support them. I had no clue that this was Little Image’s tour, so we were about to really see a show. Their set started with an intro track (something I hadn’t really seen before). A projector flashed covering the whole stage with different imagery that matched the time of the song. This was real intentional production. It’s sad to say it, but this was the first time I was seeing it. They started their first song and the mix was… great. That’s another thing that sadly I hadn’t really experienced. A good mix at a show. The band also just had great songs. They had this childlike, melancholy thing happening. It reminded me a lot of the music I heard growing up in the early 2000s, while also feeling fresh and relevant. A lot of their sound revolved around male and female harmonies. That REALLY sold me on them.
That show gave me wet eyes, goose bumps, and hurt ears. It was awesome. It sold me on the fact that you can give SO much love, attention, and emotion to a live set. I went home that night and said, “yeah, that’s what I want to do.”