August 22, 2013
(ed: Since the time of writing, Steve Aoki has made efforts to clear up why the Team Arcade crack appeared in the video and presented a receipt. It’s been a fun ride, but the outrage has been quieted. See the note at the bottom of the post for links to Aoki’s blog.)
I know I’ve said it before, but the music business is hard kids. It’s SO HARD, in fact, that even when you have Vegas residencies and arena tours between two bands, it’s still apparently impossible to pool enough cash to buy plug-ins. Well, it must be, because Steve Aoki and Linkin Park couldn’t shell out for their copy of Lennar Digital’s Sylenth 1 that was in use for the collaboration “A Light That Never Comes.” A video preview of the single, presumably put forth so we can all bask in the glory of these apparent super powers …
July 9, 2013
Music makers are way too serious about themselves these days. DJs and producers who have even the slightest bit of creditability can be the worst offenders in the group. These are the guys that walk around with that mean mug, with their heads under a cap and a straight face. They create music and there are serious about their work, yet the way they walk around you would think that they have just created fire from two sticks. There needs to be a sense of humor in the music making industry, and not many are willing to make something fun versus something that is cool. Perhaps they don’t want to be seen as a joker of a producer.
Often, the fun comes from others who aren’t so invested in their persona or image. These are the guys that take music and create a funny yet modest routine out of it. …
May 25, 2013
Of the many types of music that exist around the world, none is as influential as commercial dance music. This is the type of music that we hear when we go to clubs and the type of music that cause us to want to move with the rhythm of the beat. The definition of what dance music actually is – is quite subjective, some may say that electronic music with a steady pulse is the definition of dance music. But does dance music necessarily need to be digital in order to fall into that category? How about lyrics within the music? Does it count if music is more lyrics based rather than music based?
The problem of commercialization of music does not stop at the profit level, it happens at a cultural level to and how we define music. We may get fed a particular type of music throughout our …
May 12, 2013
When a hometown producer becomes a big name who travels across the globe, you’d think that something about them would change. Many artists make it to the top by claiming that they will never sell out or change, but it is kind of hard to fathom that not happening with screaming fans at your fingertips. All of the hard work that went into becoming a damn near brand name, so naturally you want to celebrate, and naturally you want some of the respect that comes with the territory. So what is it like to be a single DJ on stage, performing in front of millions?
Just the thought of it can be overwhelming when you picture on man on stage with nobody else behind him. The same gear you use to DJ in your bedroom is the same gear you use when you’re in a giant stadium, so I can …
March 5, 2013
Music artists will come and go; some might stay relevant longer than others, but eventually they will lose their status in the music industry. This is the way it goes for many artists – just picture all of the vinyl records that nobody wants to buy, from artists that we’ve never heard of. That collection of vinyl just keeps getting larger. For an artist to really stick around and keep a large fanbase, they need impact the world or leave and impression that separates them from other artists. It doesn’t even need to be important, just something memorable.
Picture Ozzy on stage taking a bite out of a bat. An event like that would definitely leave a lasting impression, which would be remembered even after he left the music making industry. Daft Punk is one of the few electronic artists who have kept their popularity since the early days of …