this past thursday i spoke on a panel at the digital music forum that focused on music blogs. i’ve been blogging since 2004 so this topic was one i felt could really sink my teeth into. why was i invited you ask…well, i was there to provide the artist perspective/point of view and that, as u know is something i relish…speaking out for the artist (and by “artist” i mean hard working blue collar struggling musician).
an interesting observation after speaking at 2 digital music conferences this year was the under representation of artists (and managers!) not only as audience members but as speakers. now more than ever is it time for the artist to be present at any forum centered around digital music. i know this isnt earth shattering news but there’s a huge disconnect and feeling of confusion among musicians when it comes to all the music tech stuff. digital music is just one piece of a complex puzzle that needs to be processed and understood as it’s changing faster than it ever has. musicians that dont understand what’s going on are going to find themselves in the same boat that most managers are in these days…and by that, i mean the completely clueless boat. anyway, technology isnt going to slow down so you either adapt or die – just ask the peppered moth about adapting.
ok, i’m getting way off topic here. blogs – by my definition a blog is more or less a singular point of view. any band blog would fit that definition but any site that is reviewing music from multiple authors (especially with paid advertising) is crossing over into music mag publication territory. what’s ur favorite blog? my current fav isnt even a music blog, its called hipster runoff and it’s an oddly funny breath of randomness that always seems to make me laugh. i was thinking about listing all the la blogs that i like but that’s gonna have to wait. my next few posts will get back to some music blogging basics and center around some of the music that has been inspiring me lately. fyi i listened to blonde redhead while i wrote this.