As the catchy beats that dominate the radio waves grow weary, one may desire something a bit different. In the past few weeks, K-POET has sought to remedy just that, collaborating with Video Production Studios (VPS) and QCTV to put on an original series titled Cozy Concerts.
The premise is essentially showcasing a selected musician in a 10-15 minute video featuring their original works. The videos include exclusive interviews with the musicians as well, allowing audiences to get an inside look on what each individual’s creative process is like.
“We meet the music, so the music can meet you,” said sophomore K-POET Music Manager Garrett Spejcher. “[Cozy Concerts] was inspired by the tiny concerts that NPR did. It’s a multi-organizational thing. It’s hosted by K-POET, produced by VPS, and distributed by QCTV. There’s not a lot of projects like this right now with multiple media [organizations] working on it at once, which is really cool.”
The first guest on the show was sophomore Kate Yeash. “I was approached by Alex Hackworth, who [advises] Media Council,” Yeash said. “He knows I play piano and guitar and sing and asked if I would do the first one. We didn’t know what would come of it and I think for the first one, it went very, very well.” Yeash has been playing music since she was five, and she writes her own songs.
“The concerts let artists display their own music,” Yeash said. “There is really nothing at K-POET besides a few open mic nights that don’t always go that well there. So this is a really good way for people to learn about the talent on campus.” These Cozy Concerts cater to songwriters, serving as the perfect medium for the audience to display their original work in an intimate and welcoming environment.
In addition, feedback so far has been unanimously supportive. “We actually were supposed to metion these through the QC, but all the organizations [were] struggling right now with the funding issue,” Spejcher said. “Things just haven’t gotten rolling in the same way, which is actually the main reason I am so in love with the Cozy Concerts right now. It’s something that is really taking off.”
K-POET was recently approached with the opportunity to film their next episode live at Lift Coffee in Uptown Whittier, a shop that is set to open officially in January. “I was informed that Lift Coffee wanted advertising and to be a part of Whittier College’s media organizations,” Spejcher said. “They want to be a college -friendly place, so K-POET jumped on that opportunity. It is going to be great to have someone to host us. It will be cool having a real audience because the first episode was just me, DJ Nic Nac, and the camera crew. So this will really put the concert in Cozy Concert.”
You can watch this past Wednesday night’s Cozy Concert filmed live at Lift Coffee featuring Whittier College first-year Stephee Bonifacio and junior Maggie Niemann.