Turn on the radio. the first thing you hear? an overplayed band probably. all your non-musician friends whip out a copy of the latest album, and you look at it and you can't believe they like it.
there are examples of this everywhere. famous violinist Joshua Bell earns 32.17 after 43 minutes in a New York subway, my friend makes the same in half an hour with a guitar he picked up 2 years ago outside a shopping mall.
why is some (I'll try to be less opinionated here) really similar music hitting the airways hard, when there is much more diverse music out there?
I think the root of the problem is in what people look for in music. not the media, not the artistic views of people today. I also think beautiful music can make all these people turn if used right.
there are probably more, but these are the most common ones, IMO.
with no further ado...
that annoying guy. the one who complains about your taste in music? tells you rock sucks, hip hop sucks, mainstream sucks... he's right. he just isn't all right. there is no definite, and musical taste is mostly based on opinion. This guy is really useless to try to coerce into loving your music- he loves it or hates it, depending on his own specific taste. this is simply a man of his comfort zone. he is comfortable with one thing. he likes talking about it. most people have a little of this, I don't like hip hop or metal much as a whole. sorry. I'd rather listen to blues or rock.
How you appeal to him/her: make music in any genre with a large number of fans. all genres can be equal platforms for good music. they just need someone to approach them the right way.
people like to dance. it's fun! how is this relevant? well, lots of people like doing it. they do it in clubs and high school dances and all that. what does that mean?
How to appeal to him/her: emphasize the beat. hardcore dance, headbanging, jumping up and down... all easier with a strong solid beat in the song.
'OMG! you play guitar? do 'Hey There Delilah! it's SOOO sweet!!' so annoying right? why do you think that's popular with preteen, lovesick girls? it's not the skill, as you know, anybody can play it. in fact, I think a lot of artists can learn from it. what appeals to the girls? is it the really awesome solo? the cool vocal pattern? the guitar part? no. the only people who listen to music the way musicians do are musicians. a mood is made, a feel to the music gives it a vibe. riffs are not important. the mood is. the lyrics are. a fast paced song about fighting the power have a different appeal than a song about having sex that has a funky slow beat. someone who likes to think about sex... the sex song. a punk rocker? fast paced song. write songs that the people you like will listen to.
How to appeal to him/her: write about topics music buyers are interested in. like love, art, rebellion, finding yourself, or stupid adults.
feel free to add your own in the comments below!!!!!