Open mics have been popping up left right and centre recently, so I ventured along to ask some of the performers what it’s all about!
Brad Mack is a local singer-songwriter who performs as a solo acoustic artist as well as with a full band on occasion.
K: What are the benefits of open mics for new musicians, or those trying out something new?
B: Open mics enable people to express themselves and try new material without judgment in a welcoming environment. Everyone is in the same boat of creation and apprehension about their own material and practised music, but open mics enable people to gain further comfort in their own abilities, as well as to openly share their progress in a public environment that can’t be found at a normal gig or in your own home.
K: You’re an established musician, what do you get from an open mic?
B: The Huddersfield live music scene is really close-knit and familiar, which makes it an easy way to gain respect and also awareness from peers or other creatives in the area. This means that the whole town centre is a networking focal point, and a place to feel comfortable knowing that others have overcome the same boundaries in exploring and expressing their own sound or art. Open mics are the perfect opportunity for those interactions.
K: Tell us something you love about the Huddersfield music scene!
B: It’s so supportive, and it helps feed creation and new potential in unknown or developing artists and individuals.
(Pssst – you can catch Brad tonight supporting Boxteles along with Alex Spy at Venn Street Social – tickets here).
Jack Manning is a Huddersfield lad that spends quite a bit of time in South America…but he was spotted at the inaugural Open Mic night at the King’s Head.
K: Pretend you were a newbie all over again – what would an open mic offer for you?
J: Open Mic nights are crucial for anyone starting out a new instrument – performing in front of people is one of the biggest steps on that journey, and can be nerve-wracking. An encouraging and non-judgemental environment where you can face those nerves is so important to have available.
K: What do you get from it these days?
J: For me, Open Mic nights are still so useful in terms of trying out new material – be it a new original song, or road-testing a new quirky cover. You still hear of big-name touring musicians seeking out Open Mic nights (often under a fake name or heavily disguised) for that reason!
Plus it’s often a chance for the music community to get together on an evening that they’re not gigging and kick back over a couple of beers!
Huddersfield entertainment outfit New Brook Entertainment is behind many of the more recent Open Mic nights, so I nagged them too…here’s what they had to say!
NB: We are very grateful to be able to provide an opportunity for people to perform, whether they are new to performing, or more established acts in the town. It’s a stage to express their talent.
We believe that open mic nights are a great platform for all kinds of entertainment, and also a great opportunity to connect with people with similar passions and interests.