WHEN INQUIRY COLLECTIVE HAD ITS BIGGEST EVER DJ NIGHT CANCELLED BY COVID, THEY TURNED THE EVENT INTO A LIVESTREAMING SUCCESS.
Now, they make a living organizing livestreaming events for people like California outfit Moontribe, Berlin-based label Electro Swing Thing, and DJ Ben Annand. Even more impressive, they regularly pull in audiences of over 20,000, and sometimes far more.
Their first piece of advice? Treat a livestreaming event with the same attention to detail that you would any other. From the text on the Facebook event, to the graphics, to the stage design, to the gear you’re using: it all needs to work together. And if you’re working in a team, divide up the roles so that you don’t all end up working on the same tasks – that just leads to confusion.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, they suggest investing in an internet upgrade. Not only should you get the fastest service possible, but they also recommend investing in an ethernet cable. As for the video, a webcam with 1080 pixels should do, teamed up with a decent performance mic like an SM58.
And finally, keep cool, because with livestreaming something is bound to go wrong at some point. “Ninety-five percent of the time it’s an internet issue,” said the collective in an interview with DJ Tech Tools. “But if you’re calm, you’ll figure it out much faster.”