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Hypothetical Question

Spawned by a conversation last night about music, where I couldnt get a word in edgewise. . .

I I were to make music I hated (that had the qualities I hate in music). . . would it sell well? Music, that every fiber of my body screamed SELL OUT over, that made my vision durn red around the edges made me hate myself, made me throw up in my mouth a little every time I had to admit to making it.

Would it be worth it.

I don't think so, and I don't understand how some people think that's ok.



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(no subject) - hydr0503 - Nov. 5th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 5th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Hold the phone. YOU couldn't get a word in edgewise?

Holy shit, is that POSSIBLE?

Nov. 5th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
tell me about it, every time I tried to interject and participate I got steamrolled.

Nov. 5th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously impressed. I have to meet this person, if I don't know them already.
Nov. 5th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
lol, you do. It was pretty annoying :)
now I know how you all must feel ;)

Nov. 6th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
ooh! oooh! let me talk to him! lol. Sober I mean. :P Although, Yes, it is quite hard to believe you didn't add a touch of your wittiness and knowledge. But still, you know better than to even remotely think it's ok to sell out. Selling out means you have no orignial talent, and you are another trent reznor stealing music and biting off others. There are allot of successful musicians out there that are making pleanty of money and playing the music that they love. And if it is just about the money, I wouldn't consider you a musician. I come from a family of musicians, And my brother, even the offers he has gotten in the past 10 years, still hasn't sold out once. And his music has evolved immensely. Expecially his musical talent. I say work your way up. Don't take the fast road. Because would that really make you feel like accomplished artist? We need more originality in this world. We are running out.
Nov. 5th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Depends on what you want.

For me: No! Not worth it. You can tell I'm faking it. I don't aspire to be a major figurehead in the scene, so I don't worry about making music to please people.

I think that if you hate making a certain kind of music, then you shouldn't make it. You'll have to live it down forever. You'd be known as the guy who made that awful song. You'd attract the wrong kind of fans.

See, I'm trying to come up with a reason why anyone would suppress their urge to vomit and make something terrible for a lot of money... And I just can't find it ;)
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Love to ya as always bro. . .

Nov. 5th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't even have to be awful. For me, its all bout the show. The entertainment. I pay to watch people who enjoy what they do. Who want to smoke a joint with me out back, take a few shots, kick it with people at large. Bands who show up to play, get paid, leave, should be hanged. Its all about the LOVE for me. I love those who love themselves, who love life, who enjoy what the fuck they do. Fuck capitalists who put money over happiness. I am in my heaven, and youz still waitin' for yours.
Nov. 5th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with you. I'm working on my heaven and within the next week or so, I should be making a major shift in my direction. I'm so amazingly happy to not be just. . . doing nothing. Mind in neutral. And to be working towards a goal.

It will be good to be in Phoenix for Noisex next week. Time to forge some new contacts in the noise scene.

Nov. 5th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
IMO, it's best & only worth it if it comes from the soul. If not, it becomes merely a job.
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
This is so true it hurts.
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
I agree with Sarah. :)
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
They say all men are artist, and they say all artist are mad.

I'd sell out in a minute.

Then go shoot ducks.
Nov. 6th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
And then there's all those people that sell out that don't think they're selling out. Prefect example is one-hit gothic myspace wonder that has never toured or played live, but instead uses a spamming program to gain him hundreds of new teenaged gothic "fans" everyday: James D. Stark.

I doubt he's ever thrown up in his mouth a little. In fact, I'll bet he's proud of himself.
Nov. 6th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
**shrugs** He played las vegas last fall when he was here. Didnt care for his music, but he's a nice enough guy. Don't know him personally.

Nov. 6th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
Moderator, please delete my previous post.

Snap. I thought he was just a goth club statue sucking up attention. Perhaps I was wrong. It happens often enough.
Nov. 7th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Nov. 6th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
there are always two (or more) sides to every question. are you making music just for musics sake? in which case you can do that in your room with the doors locked and never compromise or is it in fact partly a job? in which case at some point it makes sense to take the people you are "entertaining" into consideraration. too many questions. Do what makes you happy in the end but also realise every choice has reprecussions.
Nov. 7th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
I would love to see the world suddenly develop impeccable taste and realize that XTerminal is the greatest fucking band in the Universe.

Oh, wait, they'd have to have taste just as bad as they do now, it would just have to be bad in a different way.

That said, if someone showed me the line on which to sign to sell the fuck out, I'd prick my finger in a heartbeat. Make me the next Trent Reznor! Put me on Oprah! I'll sell millions of copies of something that sounds exactly like Sheryl Fucking Crow and use my fame to evangelize Lockweld, who really ARE the greatest fucking band in the Universe.

...it's a win-win. I'm rich and the Meketas are famous.
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