Why visit and subscribe to a Twitch streamer, I mean… I can create and curate my own set and playlists just fine! Why bother?
I hope you do enjoy music and videos and make your own playlists too! There is a lot to be seen and heard out there and so many different ways to do so today, I don’t get how anyone can NOT be immersed in such autonomous auditory thrills all the time- I totally am, which is one of the reasons I started streaming- and will continue to!
I personally am always browsing people’s playlists and checking out fellow streamers because… As much as I love music, sometimes it’s nice to have someone else (that’s not an AI) decide what comes on next. No offense to the hard working algorithms that make many great suggestions… but sometimes they fall short too, and you can’t interact with them the way you can a Twitch show! They don’t seem to be as successful in picking more abstract theme sets either, maybe some day…
All that aside, I think this question is best answered by explaining why one would stream or wish to curate music online for others to begin with, so hear mine…
When I finally committed to a weekly streaming schedule, it was with a bit of nostalgia from my childhood in the 80s/90s- those long gone days that existed before the internet was widely available with the ability to listen to/watch anything you want- when one would have to wait allll day or even all week long to see something they wanted.
Yeah, that was annoying AF and I have no desire to go back to those times 😂 …but there is still a little thrill that comes with looking forward to such an expected simple pleasure like a music video show, even more in getting to be the one to provide that. I feel like younger me, who fantasized then about the technology we have today, would have been disappointed it I didn’t utilize it and try to live one of her childhood dreams in being a VJ. 🤩
Ultimately though, For me anyway, “streaming is better than screaming” … into the void, in other less productive ways, like I have been doing during quarantine at times. This isolation period has been brutal on most of us, we don’t have our usual social connections and are sick of the usual social media shits shows. Nothing feels sincere anymore- except for music, as always. Music never disappoints, and I can’t think of a better way to connect with others than enjoying music together.
…and when I see my lovely subscribers and followers tuning in during a random or scheduled broadcast to listen and chat, I almost feel like a human again that is capable of connecting with others in real ways. 😂 Even my beloved quiet listeners- who never engage in chat or cash in bits for rewards- your presence is comforting to me, in a world I’ve felt very disconnected from lately. I hope I provide you with the same feeling, because it’s a good one. …or at least give you something new to hear to help pass the time until that it comes for you again.
So, to recap- why tune-in to a music stream full of songs and videos you could build yourself?
1. You may hear something new you like, outside of your usual circles and algorithms.
2. Options to engage in unique ways that music/video streaming apps don’t provide.
3. It provides a social connection different from other online outlets that can be as passive or active as you like.
Please comment to this post, other benefits to live streaming, as well as any links to your favorite playlists and broadcasters!