Subway Sessions was created by three friends – Thomas McAulay, Sam Spar and Matt Pelosi – while living in New York. The purpose was to share their love of music with New York City and the rest of the world.
In today’s culture of overproduction, auto-tuning, and a nearly impenetrable studio system, music can easily lose its soul before it reaches the listener. The goal of Subway Sessions is to showcase artists performing outside of these conventions – relying solely on talent and musicality.
Inspired by the raw performances of New York City buskers, Thomas, Sam and Matt set out on a mission to showcase musicians doing what they do best, away from what is perhaps their usual environment. The concept is simple: No studios, no editing – just music.
From MTA’s “Rules of Conduct” (http://www.mta.info/nyct/rules/rules.htm):
The following nontransit uses are permitted by the Authority, provided they do not impede transit activities and they are conducted in accordance with these rules: public speaking; campaigning; leafletting or distribution of written noncommercial materials; activities intended to encourage and facilitate voter registration; artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations.
“Photography, filming, or video recording in any facility or conveyance is permitted except that ancillary equipment such as lights, reflectors, or tripods may not be used”.