Following the Crowd
So, now that you know how to get everything going, think about why you’re doing this. To get rich? To get famous? To help others through music as it may have helped you? To get your emotions out? These are all acceptable motives for humans, which I’m assuming is what we are… at least I am…
Anyway, for those who answered with the last one of something similarly personal, awesome, but this column doesn’t really apply to you, however you can still read on, of course. Alright, for everyone else, what I’d like you to think about now is what sort of audience will best help you achieve your goal?
Yes, I might start sounding like an English teacher telling you to “write for the correct audience” when we all know that it’s only the teacher reading it and he/she will only be able to read from an audience member’s point of view if they are the most annoyingly stereotypical person in the world BUT you seriously do have to remember that depending on how you write you music/lyrics, different people will like your songs. So if you want to be rich and famous, right now I’d avoid anything heavy. AC/DC is awesome, but if they came out right now they’d get nowhere because at the time they were popular they were in the right cultural context to be popular. Get it? It’s sort of like how all the operas and stuff were popular in their time, but now no one really cares. You’ve got to think about your context. So, rich and famous these days? You want to do RnB or “Pop Rock” although the term pop rock is a bit of a weird one, but I think I might talk some more about significant cultural histories of music a bit more in the future. What I want you to concentrate on now is, as I’ve said, WHY you’re doing this and WHAT will help you achieve this. Cause getting goals straight can really help
Now, those that want to help others through music, you’ve basically got to think the same way, but I’m assuming that you’re going to be trying for those sort of on the edge of society, as they’re generally the ones who openly admit to needing a bit of help. Me for example, god help me, haha. Point is, you have a smaller selling crowd, but they can be ten times as fanatic so don’t let that put you off. Thing is, you really want to help people, they have to LISTEN first. Now I’m not saying lose any of your individuality, individuality is good, it’s what the music industry NEEDS, but I’m saying that you should work with the mood, get to know your crowd and work on how the feel is going.
And that’s really all for this week, just trying to make you understand that unless your reasons for music are entirely personal, you HAVE to work off the crowd, because they’re part of the reason you’re doing this. Unless, of course, you have entirely personal reasons. Which is awesome. I wish I didn’t need a hall of people to tell me I’m amazing, haha. Anyway, have a good one guys.
--New Kid On The Block