Scene Not Heard shifts the focus from the individuals who create the best albums to take an inside look at the behind-the-scenes jobs that keep the industry running. Go beyond the music and meet the people who keep your favorite bands in the public eye…
The Gathering™ is a showcase that brings hot up-and-coming alternative bands to Louisville, Kentucky, to perform a quick set in the hopes of grabbing the attention of individuals in the music industry who push new talent to the rest of the world. Everyone there has a purpose and cares about expanding the boundaries of alternative music. The Gathering™ brings together people from radio, music supervisors, managers, labels, and journalists and is organized by Amplify Management and run by the ever-gracious and loving Tracy Brown.
The lineup for 2019 featured projects with louder avenues of sound, including some groups who have already made strides in the public eye such as The Wrecks, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Saint PHNX, The Strumbellas, Bad Suns, and Bishop Briggs. I had a few minutes to catch up with a second-year presence of The Gathering™, Tatiana DeMaria, about her voice in the industry.
On having a Marvel comic book, “Going to the Go Go!,” created about her and building different representations of herself for her community:
“It’s eight pages, and it is hard to put a lot of yourself in eight pages. That being said, I’d like to make it more of a visual representation of myself, but it can be difficult to do. It is like a song: you write really deep, and music can change the meaning you want to achieve. Visuals, as an artist, can do the same thing. I have found that while making music videos, I make them as simple as possible and try to keep them in the truth of what I am trying to say and make the best version of myself.”
“I’m a very private person, but I think it is about putting your ego on the table and really exploring all different parts of your own human condition. Your vulnerabilities, your truths, all sides of yourself can be exposed and talked about. As musicians, we have the luxury to shine the light inside. We get to talk about it, put it out there for other people to go, ‘Fuck, I relate to you.’ Music creates a joy, a sadness, an understanding. We feel the same set of emotions. If you can put those emotions out there and discuss them, whether in music, a comic, in a podcast, a book, all of these different avenues can create a clearer picture of what a person is trying to put across. I am excited to continue to share more facets of myself and look forward to having the opportunity for more projects.”
“I would love for people to embrace their vulnerability. If I put myself on the table and open myself up, I am hoping other people feel like doing the same thing and hopefully walk away with a bit more courage or fearlessness to do what they want to do. To me, that would be success. If I can choose to be out there, I would want people to be OK being vulnerable in their own skin.”
On being a woman making art within the current political climate:
“Sometimes I am stuck in my own ways, and sometimes I wish I would listen to my own advice I would give. I think we all find ourselves in that position. There isn’t a single person out there who isn’t insecure or wondering how they could be better or wondering if they are good enough. You could have a bad week and wonder if you are done because of a plethora of things. I think it’s a continuous ebb and flow of understanding. It is more about having courage to overcome the fears. If you weren’t afraid, what would you do? Fear is at the root of so many things: fear of not being loved, fear of not being accepted. We need courage to overcome the fears of the world. All of these branch out, but courage is very, very important. Sometimes we have to go out there and do it to prove we have the courage.”
“The more that someone has acceptance for yourself and others, we will judge ourselves equally. If some of the judgement is removed and if people are allowed to be themselves, we will all allow ourselves to be ourselves more.”
This was my second Gathering™, and because I had a grasp on how it ran, I was interested in diving into the community of the showcase. I spent much of my time meeting the different music industry individuals who were in attendance. Upon doing this, I remembered one of the key reasons why I fell in love with music. The best thing about the showcase is sitting next to a music supervisor at Disney one minute, eating dinner with a group of managers the next minute, and then meeting a drummer who can’t find the words to express their gratitude for living in this scene. It’s a testament to the people who genuinely care about sharing aesthetic experiences with music and the things we have given up to do so.
The Gathering™ is a showcase built on community, on the premise of remembering friends from previous lives and continuing to share in the wonderful world of music.