"I #rockthenet with @erinmckeown , @futureofmusic and @webillishus because #netneutrality lets artists and fans connect!"
Celebrated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erin McKeown continued her tour to commemorate the release of her debut album, Distillation, a decade ago with an exciting Chicago performance live webcasted from Lincoln Hall on October 20, 2010.
As part of her Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour, McKeown and her band performed two sets in this special performance. Distillation, performed in its entirety, was followed by an all-request set chosen by the live webcast audience. Design and video studio, web.illish.us, produced the webcast and accompanied Erin for several days surrounding the show — and backstage the night of — in order to capture exclusive footage that is to be included in the archives.
“I wanted to do something special for fans who aren’t able to attend one of the 15 stops on the Distillation Tour,” Erin says. “Looking back at the past 10 years, I realized that
having a direct connection with my fans is what’s kept everything going. A live concert webcast seemed like the perfect way to celebrate my fans and the open internet, because I wouldn’t be here without either.”
Erin is a champion of “net neutrality” — the principle that protects the open internet and lets independent artists compete on a level technological playing field with the biggest companies. “So much of what we do as musicians these days has to do with making direct connections with audiences,” Erin says. “The open internet lets me do that on my own terms and without interference from gatekeepers. In the current climate of media monoliths and invisible hands, I see webcasts from independent artists as radical tools for free expression.”
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