Commentary Archive

What Is The ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’ Put Out By Indie Labels?

In response to the growing nefarious influence of companies like YouTube and Spotify on the independent music sector, the Worldwide Independent Network (an international pressure group representing the interests of independent labels) has drawn up a ‘Fair Digital Deals Declaration’ in response to the un-level playing field in the ‘distribution of recordings in digital services’.

Top 10 Jobs for Music Addicts

So, if you’re on this site, it’s a pretty safe bet that you like the whole music fiasco, right? I’d venture to guess that you’re A bit of A fan at this stage. And, whether you like to relax with a few records at the end of the day or hit the clubs in fluorescent

Art Schools And Their Place In The History Of Great Music

Estimated Read Time: 9 Minutes The idea of going to school to learn something like how to make great pop music seems kind of crazy. Even when an artist doesn’t write their own material, we still instinctively box their music-making into a category of things that are intrinsically connected to the individual, something that cannot

How to Start Your Own Record Label

So, you want to start your own record label. Like opening a bar or buying a sports team, this is always something that crosses your mind at some point in your life (and is possibly voiced after a couple of drinks). But what if you actually want to go ahead and start a musical revolution?

Does House Music have a Misogyny Problem?

Thump – Vice’s online electronic music magazine – posted an interesting article entitled ‘This “Thigh Gap” YouTube Channel Proves That House Music Has a Misogyny Problem’. Picking up on something that many have noticed for years — House music loves sexy ladies. Brands like Majestic Casual are guilty as charged in this arena, putting pictures

Kanye West Is Not a Genius

A blog post on NME by David Renshaw entitled “Stop Booing Kanye West: His ‘Rants’ Are Part Of What Makes Him A Genius” has things profoundly wrong in my opinion. Well, as profound as any opinion on Kanye West could be. In the above video Kanye begins on one of his mid-show rants by lamenting

Is American Music Becoming Less American?

America is widely considered to be the birthplace of all modern popular music. And even when Beatlephiles, British Invasion geeks and classical/jazz zealots claim the mantle for their own camp, nobody can deny the business of selling music as the product of almost-supernatural stars, the model we’re all familiar with today, is every bit as

What Makes Music Pretentious?

What exactly makes music “pretentious”? It’s “something full of pretense; an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true”. It’s an insult that’s levied against any number of bands often with little back-up or explanation. Is it the lyrics? The music? Just the very attitude of the band? Or is it a