Remember when rock stars wore sunglasses to look cool? Or to hide the lingering side effects of being a rock star? Now they wear them to shoot video — of you!
With the views at concerts forever cluttered by the bright lights of smartphones, held aloft to capture the moment and bring a level of social stardom to fans in attendance, musicians want a piece of that sharing pie, it seems. On Tuesday night in Seattle, new technology worn by a musician on stage took it to the next level.
Andy Lum and his band My Goodness played the Deck the Hall Ball, the annual multi-band celebration put on by the alternative radio station 107.7 The End. From the stage at Key Arena, Lum offered a view of the crowd, his bandmates, the floor, and some instruments, all thanks to the Spectacles he was wearing.
Spectacles are those $130 hard-to-get, camera-embedded sunglasses from Snapchat which allow users to capture video snippets straight from their face and share it all out into the world. GeekWire wrote last month about one NHL team that jumped on the craze early.
Lum’s video — which he posted to Instagram by in fact saying “live from my face” with a sunglasses emoji — is a head-banging, first-person account of what it feels like to play music in front of thousands of kids in 2016. The lights are flashing, the music is loud, there’s a laptop involved — you get the picture.
And if you don’t, you probably will soon — from the sunglasses of the next rock star who takes the stage in front of you.