To start off, I’d like to point out someone who makes millions and is featured in so many artists albums/songs… T-Pain. I’d like to point out that this man is exponentially more wealthy than some of the artists that are constantly developing their talent, and who are consistantly devoted to innovating music. T-Pain’s sound is electronically generated, it would be akin to me getting paid millions of dollars to do arithmatic on a calculator. I’m not doing anything, the calculator is doing the work! He uses an effect called Auto-Tune.
What’s with this new auto-tune craze? Even the hardcore bands are starting to follow the path of electronica. I won’t lie, I do have a few bands that use the electronic sound, and I can get into it every once in awhile. But now it’s starting to become a cardboard cut out of previous releases by previous artists.
I love pure melody with pure instruments. I’m a strong supporter of acoustic sets, that’s where your talent will truely shine. Keep the flaws, they make you human and more people can connect. I want to hear your fingers slide down the frets, I want to hear your pick hit the strings!
I’m honestly a little worried about where our music industry is going, we enrich the cookie cutter artists and leave the rest in the dark. Don’t get me wrong, some of these artists that are mainstream are very talented, but their record labels force them to make the “radio sound” that everyone seems to eat up like a bag of big league chew.
Embrace local music, you know those guys who go to your local bar and play for a couple free drinks? They’re there to entertain you and share their talent. I know how it is to play to a crowd of about 15 half of which are too worried about squeezing the lime in their drink than to embrace the gift you’re trying to deliver. Do me a favor, when you do go somewhere with live music, tell them you appreciate what they give to you I promise you they’ll appreciate you for doing so.
Music is my sanctuary, which is why I’m asking you to support those locals who aren’t receiving that fat paycheck to deliver it to us.
I’d like to give a shout out to one of those locals who deliver music for the art of it, not for the paycheck. He had the band, they are going towards the “radio sound”, his paycheck was increasing exponentially by being in this band. His name is Fred Mascherino and he’s an X-guitarist for a band called Taking Back Sunday. Fred is from the Chester County, PA area. He still lives around here and he played a show at West Chester University last year that I went to and his music is truely mezmorizing. If you have time, check out his project:
“The Color Fred” all of his music is available on iTunes. He’s a perfect example of an individual who just wants to share his music, not get rich off a cookie cutter sound.
Have a band or know of another local that deserves a shout out? Let me know, post a comment on here. Use this space, let’s give some people who deserve a pat on the back some spotlight!