Silent Barn, one of the last DIY music venues left in Brooklyn, has taken precautionary measures in order to ensure that their locale stays open for many years to come. Their new strategy? Limiting entry to those who have purchased a membership. The tactical approach to making Bushwick music and art seem like more of a commodity than it is came from the brainchild behind Silent Barn booking, Joey Scaymer, a 29-year-old who previously managed an art gallery in Buffalo.
Scaymer stated to The Burning Bush, “After the death of 285 Kent and Glasslands, I started to fear for the health and well-being of Silent Barn. Considering Bushwick is the next Williamsburg, it would only make sense that our DIY venues are due for the same demise. But not on my watch. Maybe it’s a Williamsburg thing to do, but charging people a membership fee to see our shit is essential to the prosperity of art and music in Bushwick.”
Another local venue, Languish, reacted to Silent Barn’s unprecedented sales tactic by somewhat snarkily putting a sign in front of their own door that said: “Welcome to Languish, where you can hear music from non-bourgeois pigs.” Scaymer responded by saying, “Art is not some fucking 60s love-in enterprise anymore in this neighborhood. This is about to be the Bushwick of 2015 and if artists wanna survive, they gotta start charging.”
Written by Genna Rivieccio