This week's Beatdown deals with the whole idea of talking during shows, as it seems like a fairly frequent occurrence regardless of who's performing. I offered up a few viable theories as to why it happens and asserted that, for the most part, I sincerely don't believe that anyone truly intends to be disruptive or disrespectful by carrying on conversations while the players are playing. Naturally, as I pondered things from the fans' perspective, I wondered how the chatter affects the performers, if they're bothered by it or if they even notice at all. So in due dilligence, I asked a few musicians for their take, and I'll be posting their thoughts on the blog throughout the week. Gene Davis, a former Westword intern, now a reporter for the Denver Daily News, weighs in with his thoughts after the jump. Davis is also the frontman for Weird Turn Prose, and his outlook is shaped by performing and from being a fan as contrasted with the scene in his home town.
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"I think people talking during sets, especially the quieter parts, can be annoying as a performer and avid live music follower, it's a great problem to have. Going to see live music is considered a 'cool' thing to do in Denver. And while you could bitch about the possible poseur aspect of that and how it isn't only diehards who turn out to catch a subtle nuance in Ian Cooke's loop machine, just about any performer will agree the more people the merrier.
Also, from the nearly broke musician angle, as long as those people paid their cover and are helping fund future merch/cds ect., then they can do what they want in most cases.
I recently went back to my home town of Dallas that used to have a thriving 'us against the world' music scene similar to Denver's - the Old 97s, Slobberbone and the Toadies among others contributed to it- but it has turned into a ghost town where it's no longer hip to go see live music. Pose the same question of 'Are you annoyed when lots of people are talking during your set?' to a Dallas local band that is playing one of three shit music venues that is emptied out, and they will probably think you're being ironic. So, yeah, it can suck, but it's a good sign for Denver's music scene that the question is even being asked." -- Gene Davis