Posts Tagged ‘arisefest’
…or thoughts inspired by arisefest…
i had a brilliant time at arisefest…seriously, too awesome. brett wrote a reflection piece on it here…which reminded me of a tweet i had seen a couple days after the fest.
the artist brett was talking about on his blog said something to the effect of “last year i got kicked off the stage, and this year the same thing happened again” when he was told that he was going over his time. someone in the audience then tweeted something like “i can’t believe their kicking [artist] off but they didn’t kick anyone else off” – like they were specifically targetting this artist…which was not true, cos i saw A LOT of bands being given the “5 minutes left, one last song” signal.
also, from the perspective of the organisers, it must be very frustrating to have someone go over their time allotment…and i’m sure it doesn’t feel good to have to be the one to tell someone to leave the stage. but you have other bands that are there to play, and you want to be fair to everyone – give everyone their space to play, cos i mean there’s a reason you asked them to play in the first place right…
but from the perspective of the audience, you always want your favorite artist to play longer, to play all your favorite songs. you don’t think about all the other people who are there to listen to their favorite artists who have yet to come on stage.
i guess it all comes down to selfishness in a way. and i know music festivals are about having fun and enjoying yourself, but it is a Christian music festival, and if you call yourself a christian, at all times you should be dying to yourself and thinking of others more highly than yourself, right?
in conclusion, i know i’ve been the screaming fan in the audience yelling for one more song, so i have to apologise. and at the next arise i promise to try and see things from other people’s [especially the a-team's, who did a fantastically amazingly brilliant job btw] perspective.
…but only at arisefest.
me: “hi, i’m tsholo”
other: “oh, tsholo from twitter?”
other: “hi tsholo”
me: “hiiiii, have we met?”
other: “no, but i heard your name over and over this weekend”
me: “hi, i’m tsholo”
other: “tsholo underscore m”
other: “ha ha…my friend was telling me about you last night”
just some of the wonderful introductions from arisefest. ha ha…
so, i twitter a lot. and i “meet” people thru twitter. and this past week i finally got to meet some of them in real life. it was kinda surreal having people go “hey, i follow you on twitter”. i’ve done that to people before but i’ve never had it done to me. some people started following me last year during arisefest cos they couldn’t be there and so they followed my stream to check out what’s happening at the fest, so they came and introduced themselves this year. so weird.
then there were some who would come up to me in the merch tent and ask me stuff about versus the wolf because Brett (who was mc’ing) told everyone i was a fan; or asking me the most random things about bands just cos i worked in the merch tent and they assumed i knew everything there was to know about said bands.
i especially liked the ones who came up to me and started talking to me like we were friends just because they’ve been hearing my name from everyone else. or when we were playing cards with some dudes we had just met and he said he wasn’t in the tent when Brett gave out my twitter handle but his friend told him about it later. weird. anyway, got some new followers on twitter after Brett gave out my handle, and hopefully i’ll get to meet them at the next arisefest
so thoughts on being famous: it’s great for 3 days – it was fun and got to meet lots of people thru it, but i really don’t get how real famous people do it. i would freak out if i constantly ran into random people who knew way too much stuff about me and i didn’t know them at all.
my absoulute favorite though has to be getting a shout out from Rash Ferguson and Nic Small of Versus The Wolf while Brett was interviewing them. and then Rash singing “i’m riding tsholo”…lolness! after that i had random people came and sat with me on the grass while listening to the acoustic stuff.
yay for being arisefest famous!