We see this a lot in todays music, the collective mindset of a competition to decide whose music is better than another’s. In a sense it’s always been this way but has it gone too far in a certain way in which music is not created from the soul but from the ego?
I myself can see the point in having favorite artists and discussing with other people why you favor certain artists more than others. I see no problem with this as long as it’s done in a sane manner.
But with so much emphasis now on record sales and youtube views and a whole gauntlet of other means of measuring “success” have artists and fans alike lost touch with the soul of music.
Is being considered a great musician more important than actually making great music?
These two things are not the same. One may have all the technical skill and marketability that is now required almost, yet they may only be concerned with record sales as apposed to the quality of the record.
I know music for the most part is subjective, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So it’s not that any particular genre of music is bad or anything, it’s that we are too caught up in the ‘success’ of the record and not the essence of the record.
It always boils down to where is the music coming from the majority of the time. I’m not saying don’t take into account your audience and what might make your music popular. I’m just saying that you want the majority of your sound to come more from the soul than the ego.
Some of us may be caught up in a vicious cycle that has artists catering to fans and fans catering to artists. A broad example can be an artists gets on with a major label and publishing company and with those kind of resources they plan on selling millions of records and making even more on the money side.
Well, an artist must produce material that will appeal to enough people to pull off those sales. Therefore, the artist is creating music that might not be from the soul but from an appeal to the masses way of creating. The fans in turn buy the music and the cycle is complete.
I know everyone knows this already but it gets back to my main point. Has competition replaced musical integrity, and does it trickle over even to parts of music that pride themselves on not being in the mainstream. The effect of this to me is a sad one.
Is it hard now for artists to really support other artists? Is it impossible for the fanbase of one act to support another when so much of it is seen as competition now?
My biggest question concerning this is: “What has all this done to music in general.”
If an artist has to dig deep within themselves to create meaningful music, but at the same time make music that can compete with the rest of the world, are we getting music that is conflicted?
As artists and fans of music have we become jaded?
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with making music that will reach the most amount of people. In fact I think it’s a great thing to want to influence as many as possible.
But are you doing it with your soul or ego?
I think artists should support other artists, and fans to do the same. If this was more of the attitude, I think we would see more heartfelt songs being made that might even surprise the artist themselves, if they feel they are not in competition to the level it’s gotten to.