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Another benefit to musicians is the opportunity to play in front of people who may not see them otherwise.Because the artists come from distinct genres, the odds of two acts sharing the same audience is slimmer than at other shows.I also try for gender balance when possible, and lastly, the music in each of the four rooms should be from four distinctly different genres.“…I have a few basic requirements: that an act has 60 minutes of original, well-rehearsed material, some of which has been recorded live and can be listened to online (You Tube); that they’ve got a recently updated website, Facebook page, and/or Instagram account, preferably all three; and they have recorded music online at Bandcamp or Sound Cloud.“I book the showcases in a number of ways, but the process is sort of like the format itself: I set a few basic rules and let it run wherever from there.
Microsessions, influenced by the concept of a house concert, combines that personal, familiar setting with Austin’s smoking hot music scene.
Founder and creative mind behind Microsessions, Paul Schomer, came up with the kernel of his concept years ago, after attending a songwriters’ happy hour in Austin.
He hosted music showcases in his home at the time, Washington D.
“It’s also a matter of listening–to the radio (I’m a huge KOOP and KUTX listener), and to recommendations from friends and Microsessions vets (often the same people!
).” Musicians appreciate playing Microsessions for a number of reasons.