In this First Concert Ever segment, the indie/bedroom pop artist, dee holt, talks about the story of her first experience with live music. You can check out the story below:
I have always been exposed to live music, whether it be at the summer carnivals and fairs, or at home with my dad's guitar. There are videos of me sitting up in the front rows of events (weddings, restaurant gigs, shows, etc.) staring up at the band and singers ahead of me. Right up close to the stage I would listen attentively from start to end. I loved it
It wasn’t until July 7th of 2015 that I saw my first ever arena concert. Taylor Swift was in Montreal for her 1989 tour. She's the one who really got me into singing. I had all her books, kept every magazine that had her picture in it, hung posters all over my room and knew all her songs by heart. I was 11 years old when my parents surprised me with the tickets. I don’t think I could even explain the excitement I was feeling. I’m pretty sure I cried. I remember getting ready for the concert the day of. I wore her merch and had brought a red umbrella that I had painted on, in hopes that my unique “poster” would catch her eye. Which is funny when I think back on it, because my seats were way up high. But I still have that umbrella, and I still remember smiling the entire day.
It was one of the most peacial nights of my life. She put on the perfect show. Everyone in the crowd was handed bracelets that lit up... it felt like a dream, being around so many people, hearing everyone sing along. I remember thinking of how Swift must have felt in that moment. The arena felt like the biggest place in the world. From that night on, I would daydream of being up on that stage, and I wondered how special it must feel to fill an arena. I still do... and I really hope that one day I can know that feeling.