What Is The Current Venezuelan Music Scene In The Face Of The Crisis Within The Country?Venezuela currently in the political, economic and social spheres is in its worst moments, wouldn't one t...
Venezuela currently in the political, economic and social spheres is in its worst moments, wouldn't one think that music would be the salvation in this situation?
At least a catalyst that would unleash the inspiration for the formation of a musical movement such as the ones that occurred in Brazil and Argentina? The answer is not that simple, in this article that is something that is going to be explored in great detail.
Currently, Venezuela is immersed in a political environment where only the arts have support if they support the cause of a totalitarian ruler who represses and urges censorship. Even so, Venezuelan music does not falter and resists the onslaught of the crisis, but it is difficult for musicians to remain more than a short time in the country until they decide to try their luck abroad in search of success and recognition that unfortunately is not offered in the country.
The current musical scene could not be darker at the same time, countless music festivals are disappearing at an accelerated pace, and it is difficult for those music festivals to present the next big thing in the independent or alternative music scene. Venezuela has a lot of talent in the musical field, but it is given the support it should, and may run the risk of extinction.
Venezuelan music has always been to the liking of the continent's listeners for its originality and experimentation. Many groups and singers have emerged that have become known abroad in recent years and have given much to talk about in the international music scene.
Which groups? There is Rawayana, Los Mesoneros, La Vida Bohème, among several others, and which singers? There is singer Laura Guevara, Alejandro Ghersi, also internationally known by the ARCA moniker, among several others as well.
Another important aspect to consider is that unlike other countries, Venezuela does not have the tools to make its musical talents known to the population, tools such as Spotify or Apple Music, are not viable options because they are not available in the country.
For many singers living in the country, YouTube has been a true broadcasting tool, but in spite of everything, the diffusion of new talents is extremely limited.
Hardly in the country one can see a light at the end of the tunnel as far as the musical field is concerned, many sound engineers, producers, and also singers are worried, such as the uncertainty regarding the prices, there is a hyperinflation that has made the Venezuelan currency undermine its value, and due to the very high costs musicians and producers cannot plan album releases and concert tours.
The surprising thing is that also the same public has been migrating, those who in themselves are the consumers, the hearing public is not present in the country. Only a relatively few have remained, as for looking for instruments and spare parts to repair them, is a Herculean task that would hardly succeed anyway and that would leave the musician completely exhausted because of how impossible it is.
Due to the crisis in the country and hyperinflation that makes all products have very high costs, has caused an abundant lack of food and other basic products, this has greatly affected the Venezuelan music scene and the public does not consider it important to spend the price of a ticket for a concert because they have to buy some food to survive. (incredible as it may seem that food has the same price or even more than a ticket for a concert)
What remains to be done? There are still music groups and singers who still remain in the country and who continue to bet fully on the musical stage, and how do they do it? Struggling will say more than one, despite the adversities.
As for the question that gives a title to this article, the answer, although simple, is much more than that. The Venezuelan music scene is one of struggle, and only time will tell who is the one who will keep standing, and who is the one who will fall. On the one hand we have a borderline totalitarian and completely repressive government and on the other singers, producers, mixing engineers, groups, and specialized music personnel of the Venezuelan music scene along with its audience.
Even when they leave, many singers have expressed many times their desire to return and help in the revitalization of the musical scene in Venezuela. But that doesn't look like it's going to happen in the near future. Although they have come to declare that hope is the last thing they can lose. The struggle and the hope to be able to stand are something constant and worth fighting for.
Saturday, 24/08/2019 287Popnable / Popnable Media