Music as culture as a TV format – and an antidote to X-Factor.
Guys (like me) now in their 40s and 50s who once harboured dreams of rock/pop stardom, but were just a bit rubbish so they gave it all up. We assemble a bunch of them together, get a couple of music coaches (Brian May springs to mind) to work with them, refamiliarise them with the instruments they played in their teens and early twenties, and then they jam, compose and learn some songs for a week in a garage, and at the end of it, they put on a concert in their back garden or pub for their family and friends.
The overall lesson is that music is something that people can do for fun, friendship and enjoyment. You don’t have to be brilliant or famous, and nor does it have to be your career.
Dad Rock takes a leaf out of the ‘anyone can cook’ shows book, and applies it to playing in a band. Playing music together builds confidence, forges strong social bonds and is a great way to express yourself, let off steam and entertain yourself. People can learn and get inspired by watching, you could share some simple tips and get the nation making music for fun – not for fame.
Dad Rock also provides a commentary – and a positive spin – on the de-professionalisation of music in the digital age… and you could build all sorts of things off it – branded instruments and gear, weekend retreats, lessons, a lot of web content…
Episodes could feature a different set of ex-musicians in different towns, each with their own backstories. Conflict, character development and narrative would derive from the interaction between players, frustrations with playing abilities, and the reactions of family and friends along the way.
Naturally, you wouldn’t have to make it all about rock music – or all about male performers. But that’s where you start because it’s simple and obvious – and the audience can easily identify and recognise improvement.
Think it’s a bit of a winner, actually.