The street musicians they are the musical producers of the street, authors of the soundtrack of our cities. A characteristic phenomenon is created with the buskers (also known as street musicians) when they connect with the fans of their tunes who follow them to every corner of a city, with no security personnel, no VIP area and no tickets.
For two decades, the audience of buskers has grown exponentially thanks to the advent of social networks, such as YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud, and even Instagram, Facebook or TikTok.
The Street Music for the buskers it has long been the way to gain experience in performing your music. Today, digital platforms are powerful tools that can bring local artists to global audiences.
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From the street to the charts
Many great national and international artists began their musical career initially as buskers. These are some of them, their beginnings as buskers and how they reached global audiences.
1. Pablo Lopez
Pablo Lopez is a Spanish artist who started out playing on the streets, on the subway and in hotels in both Madrid and London. However, it was not until he presented himself to the casting of the famous contest “Operación Triunfo” who did not make his claim to fame. Recently, the artist has given a concert in the Madrid metro recalling his years as a street artist accompanied by Andrés Martín, also a busker in his early days.
2. Natalia Jimenez
Natalia is another artist from Madrid whose beginnings were in the Madrid metro. Today, she is known both in her home country and internationally. Like Pablo Lopez, she also wants to remember her years as busker when people gave her money after hearing her sing.
Four years ago, Trash Sultana was a busker trying to make a living on the streets of Melbourne, Australia. However, his life would change forever when, after recording Jungle in his bedroom and uploading it to YouTube, the single reached 64 million views on the social network, thus signing a contract with the production company. Lemon Tree Music.
Some of the biggest names in contemporary music were discovered on the streets: Ed Sheeran (played at London tube stations), Justin Bieber used to play in Stratford, Canada, and singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine was discovered singing at subway stations. Paris subway.
Changes for the worse? disuse of cash
Just as the arrival of social networks was the tool that has launched many to success artists stray, there is also a threat to buskers today: the disappearance of cash.
Countries like Brazil, the United States or Australia are aware of the damage that the disuse of cash entails for this sector, which is why they have combined technology and street music to launch initiatives that allow buskers collect by other ways. An example is the The Busking Project, a platform where people can join as a busker or as a fan. Artists can be hired for events and earn cashless tips.
However, this type of project in Spain is not yet popular. Being aware of this problem that affects street artists, from Fazil we want to especially support this professional group, offering payment alternatives with technological solutions adapted to the 21st century through the payment with virtual cards and the generation of links and QR codes so that these artists have an agile, efficient, free and easy means of payment.