VIDEO: Park the Van’s Chris Watson talks the good and bad of staging an online music festival

Over the weekend, Chris Watson and his work buddies did a little extracurricular work. The co-founder of Park the Van Records, along with colleagues, tech types and 24 musicians/bands, presented Home Sick!, an ambitious, online, two-day, 16-hour music festival featuring performances on three continents that reached nearly 60,000 viewers/listeners.

Watson, whose first job in music was working for Sublime and who would go on to help put on Music Tastes Good, spoke to us from his home in Sacramento. Though clearly happy about the weekend’s results, and intrigued about online possibilities going forward, he also admitted to feeling a bit “beat up” by his experiences Saturday and Sunday.

Asked what he’ll do differently if and when he puts on another online festival, he answered: “Not have 24 artists.”

Watson also talked about the ever-changing music industry, all the albums that are being written in isolation and who he listens to when things get tough.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.
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