The music industry has changed to a more artist-driven scene and local musician and promoter Doug Koyama says that frees the artist for more self-expression.
Indie artists such as Scott Cook who played to an intimate and appreciative audience at Gold Pan City Dance studio Friday night, was already in the area recording his latest album allowing Koyama and dance studio director Jessie Herman to book him for a live show.
“The dance studio is an excellent alternative to the bar scene,” Koyama said.
“And the live music aspect is so compelling for the audience.
“This is a real opportunity to attract entertainers who perform in communities in the north.”
Cook is recording with Ory No’man, a member of National Treasure indie
band, who recently moved to Wells and set up a recording studio.
Koyama added this is also a chance to put local musicians in front of these artists.
Jemma and Tim Reeves
have a growing fan base in Quesnel but Koyama said with their talent they need to be heard and seen by the industry.
“Cook is a mover and shaker and we wanted to put the Reeves kids in front of him,” he said.
Koyama said they hope to have a show every month in the studio.
“The community is really eager for this type of live show,” he said.