2017: Year of the Busker

Plans for 2017

2017 is here, the start to a new year, and with this I’ve made a promise to myself to only spend my time doing what I enjoy and to not full back into a ‘real job’, or commit myself to anything I’m not going to enjoy. So this is a year I’m very much excited for, I feel it’ll be – the year of the busker – where I can busk the whole year and spend the entirety of it doing what I love, music.

So far it has been an amazing start, with a crazy exciting opportunity being offered my way (something I’ll write about in the near future)… but unfortunately I also spent the first couple of weeks being very ill with a sickness bug, that very unluckily started during a New Years Eve session gig, where I ended up running off stage to spend the 2017 countdown in the bathroom…not fun. But this was no massive issue, it just prevented me from busking for a while as I could hardly move, I really do feel extremely positive about this year

With all my ideas and plans I feel making some form of a ‘Busking Bucket List’, will help give me motivation, an envisioned end goal, a task to complete by the end of 2017;

  • Busk more cities in England – Spend a long weekend of busking/gigging at each of these Cities.
    • – Cardiff – Liverpool – Manchester – Bath – Bristol – London – York – Brighton – Newcastle – Oxford – Hull – Bournemouth
  • Jump on a train and travel through Europe to busk.
  • Encourage my musician friends to start busking.
    • 20+ friends, to get them at least 2 or more busks.
  • Collaborate with other buskers from around Europe.
  • Be involved with busking projects and busking events.
  • To have many busking blogs uploaded to this page.
  • Release an album worth of busking material.

At the end of this year I will be able to tick off each of these (potentially more, who knows), and have it all documented in some form. I’d love to encourage others to busk and give more through the art of busking. I feel these goals are achievable and very beneficial to myself as a busker, musician and person.

Free Food and Free Music

One of my first gigs this year, was performing at a Polish Charity event – WOSP, (The biggest non-profit, charity organisation in Poland). There were so many lovely people gathered, sharing stories, amazing food, raffles and auctions with lots of laughter and smiles. I was lost in translation for most of it, but I’ve always enjoyed listening to a conversation in a foreign language, trying to understand what they’re saying through the emotions they portray. Overall it was a great event, everyone was so bubbly and super friendly.
Towards the end of it, I was stood talking with the host in the kitchen, I noticed a mass amount of oranges piled up in crates and pointed it out. “You like oranges? Take one!” the host said, I took an orange (a single orange this is), “No, no, take a crate!”. 10 minutes later I’m carrying a huge crate of like 300 oranges back to the car! A pretty good payment, I’d happily get paid in fruit for gigs – the future – exchange music/art for food and vice-versa.

I was struggling to think how I could eat this many oranges before they went off, without turning into an orange myself, or having a vitamin C overdose or whatever weird things can happen from an ‘Orange Overdose’ (Song title – keeping this). So I shared them with the family, friends, neighbours and then thought “I’ll take them to the streets!” (below).
So here I am, with free oranges and free music out in Worcester! A lot of people walked past, saw the sign and giggled to their friends “Free oranges?!” (say that in loads of different voices/accents, at different pitches and volumes = what I heard all day). I did manage to share them with a few people, also dropping some into another buskers case ‘The Fidgets’. One woman walked past, had a quick look, walked backwards, stared at the bass case for ages, looked up and said “This is amazing, do more!”, took a photo of the sign and walked off. I definitely want to do this again, give out free food and free music, it’s sprouted so many ideas for future busks.

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I also spent a very long time making the oranges dance, check it out below!

Thank you for following my website and reading this post!

If you like what I do and want to support me, you can donate via Bandcamp and get yourself some music! 😊 – chatfield.bandcamp.com

Please feel free to comment below, share your busking stories and any advice on busking you may have! I’d love to connect with more buskers and learn more about the art!

All the best!
See you next week!

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