Former KCRW âMorning Becomes Eclecticâ host Nick Harcourt is back as curator of The LiveBuzz. It's Buzzmedia's new addition to an music and celebrity blog empire that includes Stereogum, Idolator, Absolute Punk and more.
Once dubbed the âStar Maker of the Semipopularâ, Harcourt and his bosses ar Buzzmedia are promising to offer a curated alternative to the clutter of Vevo, YouTube and MTV. Missing from most video sites is "a sense of intimacy," Hartcourt told Fast Company. "The stuff that Iâve seen out there up until this point has been...fairly bland-looking in that it just showed the band on stage. With Live Buzz, weâre getting up close in personal in the way weâre shooting sessions. Youâre feeling like youâre closer to the music, and I havenât felt that in anything that Iâve seen before."
The site will offer a mix of new bands and established artists. "You canât be too hip and groovy, you know - you have to have the glue that holds it together," says Harcourt. "We donât want to be a marginal site. By having sessions with people like Interpol, which weâre hopefully gonna be doing next month, that will help bring an audience to the site to discover the other bands and artists weâre supporting as well."