Instagram Live, previously a place for celebrities to offer civilians slick glimpses into their private spaces, has thankfully been repurposed as a live gig venue, abuzz with musicians doing what they can for us from their living rooms.
Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse Paris Smith got together to serenade their followers through the screen. The sublime Andrea Bocelli gave a moving performance from the Duomo di Milano; but he’s also singing unforgettable songs from home.
Unknown artists are sharing their original songs; yes, the lighting can be terrible and it’s hard not to get distracted by what’s going on in the background sometimes, but mostly it’s a wonderful way to discover new artists or listen to old favourites in a different way.
Here are some of musicians that the PAKT team have been listening to while self-isolating.
Karen Elson @misskarenelson
Jamie Campbell Bower @bowerjamie
Lee Hi @leehi_hi
Chilli Chiltern @chilli.chilton
Joyce Cheng @princejoyce
Christine and the Queens @christineandthequeens
Zak Abel @zakabel
Sam Smith @samsmith
Ben Platt @bensplatt
Gwen Stefani @gwenstefani & Blake Shelton @blakeshelton
Gen Hoshino @iamgenhoshino
John Legend @johnlegend