Reno Singer-Songwriter Nick Eng Turns to Livestreaming during Coronavirus
Livestreaming can be a daunting and difficult task for some but as Tamara Snight reports it hasn’t stopped local musician Nick Eng from interacting with his followers. Additional social media reporting by Krista Abacan.
Virtual Pop-Rock Shows: The Experience
On Friday evening, Eng played his second-ever livestream show and took the stage looking properly ready to entertain an audience of quarantiners, isolators and music lovers. In a pre-show interview, he mentioned the feedback from the first show was positive aside from a few technical difficulties.
“It’s a brief hello over pixels,” said Eng.
Original Songs and Requests
Eng sang originals and took requests from the comment section during Friday’s livestream show.
“I love your style! Sounding amazing Nick,” said one Facebook user. “We are loving the home concert! Thanks for spreading the joy! Sounds clear,” said another.
Eng said he goes into his performances with ‘band mentality’ even while performing solo. He uses livestream to interact with online communities and provides a personalized experience for people who are missing social gatherings.
You Just Gotta’ Roll With It
Uncertain times await artists as funds continue to tighten — Eng’s spring schedule was canceled leaving him questioning when this shutdown phase will all end and what summer will be like. He expressed gratitude for his family whom he’s currently living with, as many people are currently struggling to secure housing after being displaced or laid-off from work.
“It’s given me the chance to focus more on writing and recording some new stuff…it’s kind of like a double-edge sword, you have to find the silver lining in it,” said Eng.
Eng doesn’t wish to oversaturate livestream networks though as he says he is content writing new material and doing other work that brings income.
Eng graduated from UNR in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has recently done some freelance work for an online digital privacy website. He explained Virtual Private Networks (VPN) can experience spikes with more people working from home.
Virtual Tip Jars
The age of technology allows people to electronically tip musicians during livestream on platforms like Venmo, GoFundMe and PayPal. Eng started selling merchandise 50 percent off to show support to his fans stuck at home.
“Thank you for your support from a distance,” said Eng.