Chattanooga singer-songwriter Josh Gilbert has been playing music since childhood and even toured the United States for nearly 10 years with the band Jettison Never, which he formed with his brother.
This weekend, Gilbert hopes to give his solo career a boost by recording his first live concert DVD at The Camp House that he can not only sell as a commercial release, but use to sell himself to promoters around the country.
“Promoters want to see a video of you performing, and hopefully, it is something that captures your stage presence and your sound,” Gilbert said.
That is not an easy task, Gilbert admits, but he is putting his faith in the professional audio and video setup at the Southside venue to capture his show in a multi-camera shoot.
“The Camp House was built from the ground up with a live, quality recording setup in mind. We hope after this Saturday we will be able to add a full professional video production aspect to the venue so that an artist can come to one place that has everything for their project,” Camp House sound engineer Jonny Ginese said.
Ginese said Gilbert booked the show at The Camp House with the intention to take full advantage of the multi-camera video production capabilities there.
“There is a kind of a stigma with live recordings, like, ‘Oh, it’s gonna sound like crap.’ This is an opportunity to prove that you can actually sound really good live,” Gilbert said.
The show will be open to the public, and Gilbert said he hopes to have a large crowd but couldn’t say how much the audience would be featured in the final product.
Gilbert will be trotting out about 12 new songs with a backing band for the live recording, hoping to include about half of that on the DVD.
The set should be upbeat, reflecting the songwriter’s hopeful nature.
“I tend to take on the attitude that there is always something to look forward to. I had a really good childhood, and I don’t have anything to complain about,” he said.
After this weekend, Gilbert said he will continue to tour the Southeast, something that keeps him busy every other weekend or so.
The show is Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Additional details about the event can be found on this Facebook page, including links to Gilbert’s website and music.