With the world at a standstill during this Covid-19 pandemic, with nowhere to go but your living room, some artists are shedding light to the situation by doing virtual concerts. As a lot of artists are going live now to perform a few songs, Noah Kahan decided to go a little bigger and create a live festival featuring artists from the comfort of their own home. We caught up with Kahan to get a little more information on his creative live-streams and how he is doing during these uncertain times.
BTS: How are you holding up with everything going on?
NOAH KAHAN: It stinks. I’m in Vermont and I live in a tiny town so you’re kind of already living in isolation so it’s not that much different than life out here anyways but it’s definitely just scary and weird. There’s a lot of unknowns right now.
BTS: Are you an introvert or extrovert?
NK: I think of myself as an introverted extrovert. I really love being social and being around people and I get along well in public groups but when I want to be on my own, I need to be on my own. I have two sides. I take time to myself but i also need social interaction and to kind of survive so it’s definitely a weird time right now. I feel like i’m leaning too far into my introverted qualities and desperately need to go hang out with other people. I’m getting too weird alone.
BTS: How have you been staying busy?
NK: I’ve trying to maintain my social media presence as much as possible and connect with my fans as much as possible because the lifeboat of my job is touring and being out in public. Just finding ways where you still have connections with your fans and are able to play songs for them and show them you care about them and that you can still reach them. I’m just trying to do funny shit and feel like a little kid at my parents again.
BTS:Who are you back home with?
NK: I’m with my family. My folks live in Stratford, Vermont so I’m here with my little brother who is a firefighter and working still. My sister is a doctor, so family is back home and it’s great.
BTS: What gave you the idea to do “Couch-chella”?
NK: I started doing Instagram lives when I got back home to Vermont from New York and they were kind of funny and I was always drinking White Claws and just having a fun time. There was always live-streams happening and this summer is when all these festivals would be happening, I just thought it would be funny to create a festival based on my house and my life in particular. I knew I could get some really good artists so combining a legitimate lineup with a really ridiculous, funny festival idea but make it look legit.
BTS: Tonight, April 10, Kahan is hosting another festival-type livestream called “Lollapaloneliness” which is a funny take on the iconic Lollapalooza. What information can you give us about that?
NK: We’re keeping some of the classic stage names like “The Super Clinical Depression Stage” and “The First Time I Smoked Weed Stage” but we’re going to be adding a couple more stages. There’s the “Papa Johns Loss of Innocence Stage” coming up and “Dick’s Sporting Goods Joe Exotic Stage.” We also have a couple new things like the “Microwave Spotlight Stage” which is a stage up-and-coming artists. I’m unofficially sponsored by Lime White Claw. We’re going to see what I can pull off. I just hope people tune in.”
BTS: Do you have any other livestream ideas?
NK: I play a lot of sports video games so I’ve been trying to find a way so that I can get fans to play along with me and some of my other artists friends. We would be able to just play and have a conversation over the game and fans can ask questions. I think it would be really fun. It’s a place where everyone’s been reduced to their childhood selves and brought back home into lockdown so we’re all kind of bound together by our boredom and I want to bring my fans as close as I possibly can bring them to what my life is like right now.
Tonight “Lollapaloneliness” features a lineup of Noah Kahan himself, JP Saxe, Alexander 23, Sameer Gadhia from Young the Giant, 645AR, JC Stewart, Luz and Adam Melchor. Along with performances, the livestream will feature quick interviews hosted by Kahan. Make sure to tune in tonight at 7PM ET on Noah Kahan’s Instagram.
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