For so many people, music is so much more than something to absentmindedly listen to or enjoy at live shows from time to time. It can be an auditory emotional support animal, a warm hug for your ears and your heart, a safety blanket that you can crank up the volume on...the list goes on.
The new documentary by Brianna Spause and Brian Walker, titled "Safe x Sound", explores the concept of exactly how music can be a safe space, specifically in the East Coast underground music scene. The film's story is told by Walker, an advocate, activist, and musician, with the help of creators he met on the Storytellers Tour.
The documentary's poster reads, "From bars to coffee shops, art spaces to basement shows, we discovered a common thread...consent and inclusion is the only way to create a space to feel SAFE and SOUND." In a musical world where artists that fans come to trust far too often show their unfortunate true colors in terms of these things like consent and inclusion, it's refreshing to see that there are still people working towards making live music and tours a place where everyone can feel comfortable.
"Safe x Sound", the full documentary, is set to release on July 23rd, 2021. You can watch the official trailer here premiering today.
To support Brian Walker directly, you can pick up some merch for his musical project "A Day Without Love" as well as his podcast "Dreams Not Memes" on his official website. The creators can both be found on Instagram @ADayWithoutLove and @BSProductions.Co as well as the documentary @SafeSoundFilm.