posted on Feb, 7 2011 @ 06:52 AM
Regardless of what you may read in interviews, most successful ( = money-churning machines) bands carry on with a persona that was created for them.
there are people who are paid huge money to sell the image. No detail goes overlooked.
Major record labels care about one thing: profit. Selling the product, the band, to a specific market segment that will give them maximum return on
investment is what its all about.
Music has been tuned to the marketplace since people discovered easy coin can be had. In reality, very few groups are given much room to do as they
please, right down to how long a song is or its content, music or lyric.
The arts are controlled, this is nothing new. If you ever want to expose yourself to recent history music that was not dictated by corporate suits,
buy some Frank Zappa recordings. Frank was one of those rare musicians who actually read, wrote and composed music. and Frank went his own path,
creative and artistic. Mr. Zappa also surrounded himself with the absolutely best musicians in the industry that were free and available for projects.
Aside from being a great modern day composer, Mr. Zappa was simply incredible on guitar. Few can express as much feeling and depth as Frank did, and
I'll mourn his loss until the day I too am gone from this plane.
Most of what is on the radio is made-to-sell feel-good rubbish, be it metal or other category. Too many musicians forget their roots as they reach for
the brass ring. And most of them never really had much to say to begin with; they are void of social consciousness and care only for their own
What bands do you know of that were always committed to causes, and to using their voice to bring light to a needy subject? In current times the only
bands that come to my mind are U2, Midnight Oil and The Cranberries. No, the plethora of country western 'artists' that are cashing in on 9/11 and
singing about veterans do not count - they are just whoring for the money, and they should be ashamed.
In conclusion: most $$$ bands are carefully controlled products that were crafted to appeal to you and your wallet. If you really want to help real
musicians, get out there and attend Local live shows, pop into the pubs where a group is playing, lend some support. In the real world most musicians
never get a decent break or a decent paycheck. Support the starving artists, they appreciate the help.