I have to admit, for someone like myself who has an intense passion for music, I’m lousy at trying to define genres or explain to people what someone’s music sounds like. I don’t particularly like to compare musicians to each other in terms of their sound or overall vibe, especially if I’m trying to explain to someone what another artist sounds like and they’ve never heard them before. When it comes down to it, my perception is that attempting to define what an artist sounds like can be limiting.
TLDR: trying to define an artist by genre is really hard and can be misleading!
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Think about some of your favorite musicians in the world. Have you seen them live? Bought every single album they’ve ever released? Multiple copies of the same album? Merch? Maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to have met them at some point in your life. Now think about that for another musician. If you’re into more than one artist with that much passion, you’re probably pretty into music. Now imagine that those two artists TOURED together. That’s what happened to me after Local Natives announced a tour with Middle Kids to promote their long-awaited fourth studio album, Violet Street.
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The 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie (or DCOM) Pixel Perfect was about a group of teenagers whose band was struggling to find success and who could barely pull an audience in their local bowling alley. One of the bandmates’ friends and #1 supporter comes up with the idea to create a hologram named Loretta to become the lead singer of the band, with hopes that she would encapsulate what they thought the audience wanted to see and fall in love with. You may be wondering where I’m going with this…
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I became truly obsessed with music as a high school student. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I was constantly trying to get my parents to let me go to a concert downtown or drive myself to a show at an arena on the weekends. While they were pretty lenient with my passion, they also did not allow me to venture out into concert venues that doubled as bars very often, especially never on weeknights.
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In a world where millions of songs from millions of musicians around the globe are available to stream at your fingertips, how are musicians hitting high streaming numbers, building strong fanbases and creating a sustainable income to make a living? The formula to getting it right seems nearly impossible – and those of us who are not the best in the math department (cough cough, me) it seems like attempting to hit it big as a musician is a shot in the dark nowadays. But despite the odds, there ARE lots of musicians who are finding their niches in the industry – but that can bring positives and negatives.
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The first time I heard the song “Royals,” I was sitting shotgun in my older sister’s Jeep with my window down, just a couple blocks away from my home. It started playing on the radio (unfortunately the specific station has escaped me at this point) and my sister and I were completely intrigued by the song. “Royals” was released in June of 2013, just a month or so after I graduated high school and leading into my last summer before I started college. The song was unlike anything else I had ever heard and it came at such a turning point in my 18-year-old life.
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Charles Manson was the first person I was truly ever obsessed with. While I don’t particularly identify with being creepy or having interests that tend to concern others, my timid fascination with this specific cult leader has spiraled into a full on interest into true crime as I get older.
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