0 Items

Supreme{PR} Free Organic SoundCloud Promotion, SoundCloud Reposts, SoundCloud Followers, SoundCloud Influencer Promotion, Soundcloud Streams, Free SoundCloud Promotion, Soundcloud Repost Promotion, organic soundcloud followers, organic Soundcloud streams, SoundCloud Influencer Promotion, SoundCloud Views, SoundCloud Plays, best soundcloud promotion

Playing live music at the polls

SoundCloud Repost Promotion,SoundCloud promotion channels, SoundCloud Repost Channels

Published by Supreme{PR} on October 29, 2020

Supreme{PR} SoundCloud Promotion: Our focus is on Rap/Hip-Hop, Pop/Rock and EDM/Electronic genres. We can reach up to 80 Million followers. We can distribute to 2000+ SoundCloud Influencers.


By Disc Makers’ Author Michael Gallant
Around the country, indie musicians of all styles and genres are playing live music at the polls as people wait to vote. Here are some tips for bringing your music to the voters.
As November 3rd approaches, Americans across the continent and political spectrum are lining up to vote. Many are waiting in line for hours and, chances are, equally dense crowds will fill polling places on Election Day.
To support voters — and the democratic process itself — independent musicians are venturing out to play music at the polls and share the experience with voters waiting in line. If you’re interested in adding your own beautiful noise to the mix, here are some tips to help you do it safely and effectively.
Know your purpose
Why do you want to perform in relation to the election? Knowing your exact goal can help you have a positive experience and share your music in an effective way.
Dave Darwin is a veteran circus and street performer who has collaborated with musicians in a variety of election-oriented contexts. In one recent performance, Darwin teamed up with a brass band marching through Philadelphia communities that often report low voter turnout. The performers’ goal? To surprise and delight residents, let them know that early voting was happening, and hand out voting information if requested.
During other performances, Darwin went to early voting sites and sought to entertain voters in line, many of whom seemed exhausted and irritable after having waited for hours.
“Don’t let people walk away from the line and skip voting because they’re bored or fed up,” he says. “If they have to go pick up their kids or need to use a bathroom or something, that’s one thing — but your mission in this sort of situation is to keep people in line until they have the chance to do what they came to do. Once they’re there, keep them alert and interested to stay long enough to vote.”
“Most people come prepared with smartphones and headphones. At these performances, some people ignore me and that’s cool. Those people don’t need me. But some people are so bored and tired that you can really make a difference in their experience.”
Observe COVID-19 safety
People stuck in voting lines for hours may not have much physical territory in which to maneuver, so respect everyone’s personal space, maintain plenty of safe distance, and wear a mask as much as possible. If you’re singing, consider using a vocalist-friendly mask like The Singer’s Mask, or give even more distance than you normally would, as singing has been shown to propel potentially infected aerosols.
If you’re playing a wind or brass instrument, the same applies — keep up with the latest research, give extra distance to avoid spreading germs to voters, and consider putting a filter on the end of your instrument (if possible) to capture aerosols.
Remember that, while being outside can reduce the chances of transmission, it doesn’t eliminate it, so follow the science and engage conscientiously.

Research regulations
Communities can have unique rules when it comes to public performances and many have separate regulations related to activities around polling sites. Before you head out, take a few minutes to contact fellow musicians who are used to outdoor performing in your area as well as local election officials, law enforcement, or anyone else who can give you an idea of what’s generally acceptable in your community.
Focus on action
When it comes to performing for voters, “don’t overthink it,” says Darwin. “There may be permits you’re supposed to get in certain areas, but if there isn’t time to do that, you may want to go out and play anyway. If a poll worker asks you to stop or a police officer tells you to move, listen and don’t cause trouble.”
Be in contact with poll workers
When you arrive at a polling site ready to share your music, it never hurts to touch base with a poll worker and introduce yourself before you start playing.
“You want to make your presence as painless as possible for the people working at the polls, because those are tough, stressful jobs and they’re working long hours,” says Darwin. “Ask them if they have any preferences for where you go. I had one poll worker tell me, ‘just try to keep everyone in line, and go over there in particular, because those people still have two hours to go.’”
Stay mobile
Darwin recommends bringing acoustic or battery-powered instruments and being able to move quickly. If the line at your polling place stretches blocks into the distance, you may want to play a song or two for one section, then move to the next section after that. Similarly, if poll workers or law enforcement ask you to relocate or pack up, mobility and flexibility are helpful. And finally, if the voters in line just aren’t into your music and you feel you’re doing more harm than good, there’s no shame in saying a polite “thank you” and relocating to a different spot.
Adapt and improvise
As Darwin was parading through northern Philadelphia to an early voting site — marching with musicians playing tuba, trombone, sax, and trumpet — four black SUVs pulled up and Grammy-winning rapper Common jumped out.
“He came up to the band, talked to them, and they knew one of his songs, so they improvised a performance and he freestyled for a while,” says Darwin. “It was very exciting to see him. I think he was doing a larger event near City Hall, had some extra time, and decided to visit other voting sites and see if he could help with morale. And it really did.”
Guest appearances from world-famous musicians should not be counted on, but adapting to the unpredictability of the situation should be. Could that violinist playing for voters the next block down be interested in an impromptu jam? Approach her respectfully and find out. Does that tired-looking guy who’s been in line for three hours want to sing a tune with you to pass the time? Give it a go, have fun, and do what you can to keep spirits high and votes flowing.
Read the crowd
Voters in line can be a captive audience, so if people seem annoyed or uninterested in your music, politely move on. On the other hand, if the section of line that you’re playing for seems to be thoroughly digging your performance, settle in for as long as feels appropriate and enjoy the connection while it lasts.
Give voters a story
Standing in line for hours may discourage some potential voters and intimidate others. If you can leave your unexpected audience members with a warm glow and uplifting memories of hearing spontaneous music while they waited in line, they may share their stories with friends, in person or via social media, and make others more likely to brave the lines and vote as well.
Share your music and have fun
Playing for voters in line may be an unusual performance opportunity, but it’s a performance nonetheless. Bring your A-game and enjoy every minute.

Related Posts
Ramping up for the big gig
The risks and rewards of social advocacy in music
Re-arranging big songs for solo performance
How to find and play unconventional music venues
Ben Folds’ “2020” — A case study for indie artists
This Disc Makers post Playing live music at the polls appeared first and was stolen from OUR Blog Disc Makers Blog.

No related posts.



This is the kind of feature we love to get. Kidsway is whole: the name, the look, the production, the voice, the perfect feat. artist pairing, and the amazing track. He starts low and slow and builds into an amazing duet with two perfectly matched voices. We can't wait to...

Charles Wolfe

Charles Wolfe is an Independent Alternative Pop artist from the South West of the UK. His writing and voice are perfect timeless pop. The production is top shelf. "I am self taught in all that I do and started my journey when my dad showed me how to play a few chords when...


Sometimes you know exactly who the grandparents are when you see the baby. In this case, Funkadelic and Kraftwerk are guilty as hell. They must have hooked up in the greenroom of their 1978 Eastern European tour and produced what grew to be DJ-SLT-UK. ~ Supreme Team...
Featured Artist: DJ Crankz

DJ Crankz

DJ Crank's "DonkHouse" is Atari on crack cut with insanity. It's kinetic energy would be right at home with bright red hair in Run Lola Run. Very solid production. It clocks in at 2:27 and leaves you exhausted like a 100 meter dash. ~Supreme::: If you could reach any goal...
Featured Artist: Christine King

Christine King

C.K. criminally undersells herself. Her listed influences are not exactly the avant-garde heroes of yesterday, but the music screams "real." It is edgy, LA indie, with heart and creativity. The ghosts of PJ Harvey, Mates of State, and the Runaways are waking up. Who are...

Iam Code 6

SUPREME: Hey Code, what's up? CODE 6: You reposted other tracks of mine and I got some good organic plays from it. SUPREME: Yeah that's cause your shit is so chill and we love it. Glad to see you have a new track out. If you could reach any goal in 2021, what would it be?...
S{PR} has helped 3240 artists get noticed

S{PR} Featured Artists for 23rd January 2021



Interview: Yahbnf "My Name is Yasin Treadwell But you can call me Yahbnf, I am a Upcoming rapper out of Newark New jersey. I've Always been a...

read more


Interview: Rambo "Im Christion Patterson , 21 year old from Syracuse, NY. Im just trying to bring lit vibes during these dark times you know. I want...

read more


Interview: Finessic "I'm Finessic, my style in the name. My flow, voice, and delivery are unique and ear catching. I know if I get exposure my...

read more


Interview: kilo "Im a 17 year old rapper with the dream to be good" Where are you from and what is the music scene like? i grew up in chicago with 5...

read more


Interview: kbodb "Name is Kevin Barnett, for years I've been an active athlete and fitness enthusiast. I'm 27 years of age. Born in...

read more


Interview: Losky "Born and raised in central Davenport, Iowa, Losky has a life fitting a city known for country music. Over 20 plus years worth of...

read more


Interview: MHMUD "I'm just a beginner Dj, who love pop and commercial house remixed music." Where are you from and what is the music scene...

read more


Interview: Gringow "Gringow, Minimal/Microhouse DJ-Producer." Where are you from and what is the music scene like? Tunisia, it's great here the...

read more


Interview: START "Start was formed in early 1984 by Ran Ballard, Mike Tapogna and Dean McLeod, Progressive "hook-oriented" rock. Finely...

read more


Interview: Chilliax "Im just a young beatmaker who love create Lo-fi music, hope you enjoy it." Where are you from and what is the music scene like?...

read more
Shopping Cart
There are no products in the cart!
Continue Shopping
%d bloggers like this: