Seriously, we're so excited.
Seriously, we're so excited.
Here's another end-of-the-decade question that we sent out to a varied list of people in the arts, music and entertainment communities.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL RELIEVED, CONTENT OR EXCITED ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF MUSIC?
But don't just take their word for it, what are you excited about? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Alex Cohen, host, All Things Considered on KPCC; contributor, NPR's Song of the Day:
That there will always be talented young people out there with something to say through music.
Rachel Blumberg, drummer extraordinaire:
I'd like to speak for my local community, for Portland. There are a lot of amazing musicians here now making some lovely, interesting, well-crafted, explosive music. That is exciting to me, and inspiring, too. Also, I feel we are at a turning point in the way music is brought to the public. I know so many great bands who have completed records, really great records, yet can't find a label able to afford to put it out. Some of these people are taking matters into their own hands. And with the Internet, this is possible. I know this is old news in a way, and yet I can't help but think that some of the innovative things these folks are doing might spark a whole new music "industry" (anti-industry really).
Jon Cohen, co-founder, FADER Media/Cornerstone:
Nothing excited me more than to see how much more accepting music fans have become of other genres. The impact that indie rock has made on hip-hop and the influence that indie rock bands draw from hip-hop and dance music is exciting. People are less genre-focused and more openminded. I love seeing the crossover in styles and fashion in both worlds, as well. I am also thrilled to see careers thrive without the reliance on radio airplay and mainstream media. I am relieved to see alternative radio become increasingly irrelevant by betting their past existences on Nickelback while ignoring the vibrancy of bands that can sell tons of tickets and albums in their market despite the lack of support. My hope is that they come back around and pay more attention to what is going on their markets and support the bands who have proven their impact.
Dorothy Hong, photographer:
I'm sort of into the fact that labels are bleeding money and that it's much less glam then it used to be. no $2 million dollar videos anymore. Smaller bands with less money and backing have as much of a chance as the big ones. It seems to be more about the music then anything else. Or even though no one is making money, the better more indie musicians are still making music and getting it on the internet for people to hear despite the fact that they won't make any money off of it.
Isaac Bess, Business Development, IODA Alliance:
Knowing that I'll never run out of things to listen to and learn about.
Westin Glass, drummer, The Thermals:
I'm really excited that there is so much diversity in music today and channels for every bizarre and obscure artist to find a niche group of listeners. There is no longer much of a bottleneck of established tastemakers who determine what the public gets to consume.
Chris Lyons, musician, The Carrots:
All of those School of Rock type camps helping decentralize the knowledge of music from twenty something year old guys.
James Canty, musician, French Toast, Make Up, Nation of Ulysses:
Living in New York has actually made me feel relieved about the state of music. I am really happy that small, punk, DIY shows are really common here. Not all the music is good, but its usually cheap, and almost always chaotic.
Jimi Biron, Executive Director of Booking, Crystal Ballroom:
When I hear bands like Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire that can make pop music without losing the urgency and intensity of their influences. When my kids want to hear that music . . . constantly, and have no interest in Miley or Brittany or Jay Z.
Carly Star, Sub Pop Records:
I am so happy and excited that there are so many young ladies (23 and under!!!) in music that are doing really well! I love Florence and the Machine and La Roux and I'm even excited about the ones I don't quite understand like Lady Gaga. I think it's pretty amazing.
Josh Madell, Other Music:
The average fan knows more about a much more diverse cross-section of artists and styles than ever before.
Lance Bangs, director, filmmaker:
I think that independent musicians have a better structure for getting their music heard now than in the past. Joanna Newsom is astounding, and has the support she needs to compose and record new long form albums. And it didn't take 8 years of getting write ups in weeklies, people could hear her as soon as they were reading about her. Pre internet there were plenty of bands you might read about but not have much access to actually hear depending on where you lived (Thin White Rope, Blue Aeroplanes, LKN, Beggarweeds, Astronauts) and it is exciting to talk to people now who can plow through "Peter Pan Hits The Suburbs" as soon as someone recommends it to them. And if they love what they hear they can scour around for the physical copies, or just have the sound of the compressed files be part of their life.
Phil Morrison, director, filmmaker:
The fact that I still like some stuff, even if I'm wearied by how much there is and how it comes to me.
Greg Selkoe, CEO of Karmaloop & Karmaloop TV :
I'm excited that there are no boundaries. In the past it was out of the norm for a rapper to collaborate with an electro DJ, or for an indie rock artist to collaborate with a mainstream hip-hop act. With today??s musical landscape, great talent can more easily showcase their work and can be more readily discovered on a global scale. For example, N.E.R.D. just signed a new female artist to the group named Rhea who auditioned for Pharrell, Chad, and Shay over a webcam. Ten years ago you would have to know somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody and then give them your demo and hope your CD actually got passed along and made its way into the hands of that important somebody without being a Frisbee or coaster along the way.
David Scheid, tour manager:
Breaking down of boundaries, free flowing content, remix culture. YouTube chipmunk videos. And that for a second at least there is a wave of heavy bands making really beautiful music.
Kristin Thompson, Education Director, Future of Music Coalition, musician:
I honestly think that the good bands are getting better. When I hear some of the music that comes out these days, the musicianship seems better across the board than the scrappy DIY days of the 1990s where both playing and recording techniques tended to vary wildly (I should know, since I got by on some pretty mediocre guitar playing myself). Plus, bands tend to draw from a number of influences instead of boxing themselves into one genre. I'm also very excited by the number of musicians and bands — big and small — that are retaining control of their copyrights and managing their careers creatively.
Slim Moon, Shotclock Management, Founder, Kill Rockstars:
I think the unprecedented access to inexpensive decent recording equipment is pretty exciting.
Lucy Robinson, publicist, Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans:
Vinyl revival is really fun! I love music as a physical entity as well as a visual art component to complement the recording.
David Lester, graphic artist, guitarist, Mecca Normal:
The thing that makes me excited about music is its potential to once again be a revolutionary cultural force.