Daugherty explains music has been a huge part of her life ever since she “started singing seriously in fifth grade.” She says that while her style is usually in line with bedroom-pop, similar to that of artist Clairo, for this concert, she decided to branch out to softer styles like piano ballad. Since she was set to perform with rising sophomore Sara Johnson, Daugherty went through multiple songs with Johnson to decide which style best fit their voices best.
“I decided to hop on board just because I thought it'd be really good to get my music recognized more and just a good opportunity to put myself out there,” said Daugherty. “Honestly, I may have turned [the concert] down if it wasn't for charity because I was so nervous, but I remember[ed] that it's for a good cause and that it would be worth it.”
For Kao, practicing virtually with his team has been particularly challenging due to technical issues on Zoom, but the trio has been preparing for the concert independently, using recordings of each other to sync their parts together. Even with these difficulties of a virtual concert, Kao notes that having a fundraiser along with this particular concert makes it important and appealing as a performer.
“For us, just sharing our music [is] cool,” Kao said. “But [with the fundraiser], there's more of an impact on people that actually need help … I feel like anything that we as students can do is better than just sitting around practicing our music for no other reason outside of ourselves.”
Madan and Westelius were able to pre-record the concert and edit the vocals in order to draw out the best quality of the performers’ vocals. This process started with some of the performers taking part in editing their own performances, such as OVTAVN syncing up their recordings. Next, Westelius edited the performers’ audio in order to add in effects such as compression and reverb. Madan then synced the video and audio together and also combined the performances in order. Finally, he sent it over one final time to Westelius, who added transitions and labels for each performer’s name.
In anticipation of the livestream, Madan expected that the livestream would gain more viewers due to their potential connection with the student artists. To promote these performers, Madan and Westelius have been posting regularly on the Instagram account @studentcovidreliefconcert in order to give more detail into their performers’ backgrounds and styles of music.
Watch the full concert video below.