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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

why bands succeeds- how humanity sells out

Current mood: awake

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.
The Elitist
The Dancer
The Connector
there are probably more, but these are the most common ones, IMO.
with no further ado...
THE ELITIST
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.
THE DANCER
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.
THE CONNECTOR
'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!!!!!
2:28 am - 5 comments - 4 Kudos
Saturday, January 31, 2009

expensive GAS, :( how sad.

Current mood: contemplative

Ibanez ATK750QM-$700.00
Warwick Ash Corvette-$1,000.00
Carvin SBR1018-$1175.00
Carvin EQ2030-$230.00
Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver DI-$200.00
Wounded Paw Attack Goat-$150.00
MXR Bass Blowtorch-$140.00
Digitech XBC Bass Multichorus-$70.00
Malekko Barker Assmaster (silicon)-$255
Bassfuzz.com Tentacle Love Superfuzz-$200
EHX Steel Leather Bass Expander-$70________+
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a whole lot of stuff-$4190

I want endorsements...
1:23 am - 6 comments - 2 Kudos
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Censorship

Current mood: aggravated

I hate censorship. what is the government doing, running out that note in that song? why can't my station play John Lennon? why isn't there that song about the New York Cops on my bloody Strokes album?!
so at my job, they have blocked Youtube. they have blocked iTunes. they have blocked Pandora. they have blocked Yahoo Music.
I was quiet about it. but now, I can't hear music on UG. that really ticks me off. I wanted to hear new tracks from my inter-friends bands! I'm in charge of an album for the Drum Forum Rebellion. unless they e-mail them to me, I can't listen to them.:mad: why?
and I understand doing this for a job, but these computers are for recreation. they blocked all music for everyone. why? nobody goes on the computer just to hear music. and if they do, does it really matter? will you lose money? sheesh.
 
I of course, will never tell them that. I'll get fired. but really... why? it's unimportant.
3:05 pm - 7 comments - 1 Kudos
Saturday, July 05, 2008

Road to luthiery (note, personal record)

Current mood: contemplative

first complete instrument fix: July 3, 1:30-3:00
 
some guy came in with an Epiphone banjo someone sat on. He did not care if it looked good. against my better judgement, I fixed it for him.
 
Break: Along the neck, by the truss rod. For about 1 foot there is a diagonal break starting by the nut. This break chipped the bell shaped cover, leeaving a shard sticking out.
Fix: Epoxy and clamp on the neck, used a grinder to carefully take the shard off cleanly. sanded neck to gain better smoothness. while I was on break, the guy came back and took off with the banjo, which I was going to refinish for that part of the neck. he may recieve warping, a definite possibility in this part of the world.
9:12 am - 0 comments - 0 Kudos