At 4/22/13 08:53 PM, AetherX wrote:
It's easy to misconstrue their message here. These guys are saying that EDM is all about being successful now, a point that I wholly agree with. EDM is popular and who doesn't want to be successful? They also make a totally different point that EDM is now really easy to make, which I also agree with. Thanks to computers, it's never been easier to make ANY kind of music. This does lead to an influx of shitty stuff, but I feel like that's because so many people are actually making music now, and it's always been easy to make bad music.
I like to put a more positive spin on things. Since so many people are making the same stuff, if you want to be REALLY successful then you have to work even harder to stand out from the crowd. The flood of new producers making the same old stuff encourages the really talented people to go to new lengths to innovate. The best artists are the ones that stand out and have a unique, recognizable sound.
This is all true, although these artists not as easy to find.
Also, this isn't entirely on topic but I don't understand this whole fear of the mainstream. It doesn't make any sense. Every time an artist has a release that's a little different from what they usually do, they're labeled as "selling out." That's bullshit. Artists should be able to change their style however they want, and they aren't always doing things for money.
*should* is the key word here. I, too, dislike the term "selling out" and the way people apply it to various artists changing their style...heck I can't stick with one particular style for more than a couple of songs because even I get bored of it...
Again I guess it depends why an artist becomes one...for the music? For the money, or the fame? The ones you're describing are the ones who do it mostly for the music, because they care about their agency in doing things the way they want. Sadly, not every artist keeps the actual music as their number one priority at all times.
Anyone think that maybe it's not the producers that are making EDM bland, but the fans?
I do think that fans are a large part of the problem...then again...it's the fans who are to be pleased, depending on the artist's goals... creating what you want is one thing and a very good thing indeed, but at the same time, no one likes making stuff and then having it utterly rejected. That is to say, that will happen, and that's why producers act as a sort of collective representation of their fans...however inaccurate they present them.
So--> Can the wants of the fans hinder an artist's creative output?
Yes, if the artist just plays along and ignores their own creative impulses to please the masses.
Maybe, just maybe people are making the music that they want to make and don't give a damn whether or not it's what's popular.
I wish this was always the case. That way fans can be forced to hear what the artist wants and likes to make, and if they don't like it, then fine-- they can leave. Otherwise it would be great if people stuck around to listen to and experience the ever-changing styles of the same artist, rather than walking away and finding someone else to fit their supremely narrowed love of any particular genre.
Either way, it's the choice of the fan to listen, and the choice of the artist to create, and why either are there in the first place.
Finding a nice, neat equilibrium between the two would be awesome, but there is no such things and there will never be.
Both sides continuously lose and gain utility when preferences for either side change, and they will still just have to keep fighting to reach their ultimate artistic goals -- creating good shit and having it received well, and listening to good shit and liking it.