Busking or street performance is the practice of performing in public places like metro stations or streets for gratuities. The people engaged in form of street art are called buskers, street performers or street musicians.
Busking is not new at all ! it’s been practiced from antiquity and you can find buskers from all around the world.
Different kind of buskers are performing in our streets like jonglers, dancers, acrobats, magicians, statues, snake charmers, painters, contortionists, comedians and street musicians. Today, Buzzkers is only focusing on the last ones : street musicians.
Why people are busking ?
The first buskers motivation is not money…
Buskers are first of all artists… streets or metro stations are perfect places for those artist to be noticed by people like you and me. They are looking for feedbacks about their music, looking for places to perform, looking for people who could help them promoting what they love to do.
But money help them to be able to play
Most of the stories we heard was about recording an album or buying a new instrument… Street musicians who really want to have a carrier in music have to drop ‘normal’ jobs to focus on their music. That’s also involved they don’t have that much money to live and in some cases busking help them in this way additionaly to the live performance they often do in bars. A lot of celebrities have begun as buskers before they get known, and some of them continue to busk sometime just because they like it !
John Butler Trio, Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Keziah Jones … They all began their carrier busking and they have been know thanks to their street performances. Some of them just decide to go down the street sometimes like Bon Jovi, KT Tunstall, Sting, Paul Mc Cartney, Tom Jones or the famous violonist Joshua Bell. Celebrities who are busking “for fun” shows how much people can avoid to listen to what the street has to offer so that they are often not recognized and ignored…
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