The rest of The Beat's Q&A with Chris Trapper
Space precluded a full transcript of our Q&A with singer-songwriter Chris Trapper. In case you missed it, here's the first part from print - which also includes details about tongiht's show at the McConnell Arts Center.
The rest of the Q&A is as follows:
The Beat: How has the professional life of a troubadour been impacted by technology – from "home" recording to the internet to social media?
Chris Trapper: Honestly I think social media is making music better, because it is all about access. When I started in the music business, it was bloated. I made a record for half a million dollars with my band (on Capitol) and the next one for ten thousand dollars, with virtually no difference. And so much of the excess fat of the industry was found in imaging, ego, smoke, mirrors, etc... but with social media, your fans are with you. If you do a bad show, you'll read about it the next day. If you do something worthy of people's attention, you can get it with the click of a button. And best of all, you can be discovered relatively easily. It used to freak me out when I'd be opening for somebody, and between my first and second song, I'd see a portion of the crowd looking down at their phones... come to find out, they were researching me, becoming my "fans" on Facebook, and in some cases going straight to iTunes and buying my records. The power is in the hands of the fans now, which works just fine for me.
The Beat: Care to share a bit about donating a portion of ticket sales to OneBoston?
Chris Trapper: As far as the "one" fund goes, I am proud to represent a little part of Boston when I travel around. I'm not normally one who openly takes pride in cities, countries, etc... but the reaction in Boston has been nothing short of amazing. I've never felt a city rally like that. It's kind of the best case of turning anger into action. I got the news of the bombing when I was driving home from tour. My brother called me to ask if I was alright, which was unusual. He elaborated, and I was stunned, because I've been in that crowd many, many times. The city literally shut down without blinking an eye, and is defiant to carry on. The toughest part was trying to explain it to my kids, so I kept it on a comic book level of good guys and bad guys, which I suppose it ultimately is.