New site combines social media and music
by Aaron Chatha
Vivoscene is an interactive media website set up like a social media network that combines a variety of music reviews, news, interviews and articles. Vivoscene is a music website. The label might seem a little broad, but it’s the best way to describe the network, which publishes everything from music news and reviews to interviews and articles about the effect Jimi Hendrix had on the industry in the ’60s.
“It’s a celebration of great music, all genres, all time pe- riods,” said Brian Miller, Vivo- scene editor-in-chief. “Most music sites only talk about new releases and we decided that we wanted to build a community of people who are interested in music of many different types, and were interested in exploring some classic music, because people are still listening to music of the’60s and ’70s, for good reason. It’s good music, it’s going to last for decades.”
Vivoscene is set up like a social media site: you can create a profile, add friends and create and join discussion threads. Not only can you discuss your favourite music with like-minded people, but one of the main goals of the website is to expose people to different types of music, by having it all in one place. The site’s online store, run through Amazon, is a great way to grab vinyl albums as well.
Vivoscene is only a few months old but already has an active community commenting on albums, music videos and articles.
“The website evolves every day,” said Vivoscene photographer, Dwayne Norman. “Like music, it seems weekly there’s somebody new, a new artist, a new song. Vivoscene will be the same. We’re definitely going to evolve with new music. Vivo- scene’s really only been around officially for a few months, and we change that site daily to weekly.”
Vivoscene also offers an opportunity to get your opinion out. Miller said they’re looking for writers and photographers to contribute. “Just as we’ve interviewed, for example, artists who have come into Calgary, we’d like to get people in Vancouver or Toronto to do the same,” he said. Contributors could even have their own blogs, which would be put on the site and shared with the community on a regular basis. Miller hopes it will be a place for music journalists to start posting their stories.