In this First Concert Ever segment, the singer-songwriter, Rishi, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
When I was a kid, my older sister’s taste in music was my taste in music, so when I was six I saw my first show: Hilary Duff. No disrespect to Ms. Duff at all I definitely have a soft spot for mid-2000’s pop rock. Looking back, the thing that I most remember blowing my tiny mind was how physical the sound was, not just that it was so loud but the feeling of how a live band can just hit you in the chest. Even now when I go to shows, I’m still mesmerized by that phenomenon and can’t wait to do it for myself.
I also remember going home after the concert and listening to her album Metamorphosis on repeat, which I still do to this day. Every time I hear an artist live, I find myself doing deep dives into not just the artist’s discography but watching interviews, reading articles, and listening to podcasts. I don’t know exactly why but I think it has something to do with my perception of live music, which has always been a sort of mystical, magical experience for me and that’s my way of trying to decode it all. Concerts are like the 8th Wonder of the World to me — the idea that someday I could put on a show that means something to someone like these shows have meant to me, that’s what keeps me going.
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