The set goes dark. The audience hushes but you can still feel the buzz of their excitement. The drummer plays an epic tom fill to start the song…somewhere in the distance there’s a glissando across a set of thousand dollar chimes.
Social Media is Taking Musicians’ Eyes Off the Ball
Content, engagement, numbers, numbers, numbers. If you’re not engaging on IG or Twitter or doing a dance challenge on TikTok, you’re a nobody, right? Immediately, no.
Musicians: Your struggle is not the consumer’s problem (Sorry, not sorry)
We lugged heavy equipment into clubs that required musicians to walk everything up 4 flights of narrow stairs. Then, after playing a show we worked hard to craft, we tore everything down, walked it back down the stairs, received an insulting amount of money, and drove to the next venue hours away. Good.
Is the “old head” critique of modern hip hop warranted?
In hip hop, as is often the case with many topics, there tends to be a glossy and/or rosy eyed view of the past; and an endlessly wagging finger about the present state of the genre.
Festival season is upon us: Do you know what your environmental footprint is?
When you see a political pundit or online personality speak of climate change and the human contribution to it, are you picturing drinking a poorly balanced cocktail out of a Red Solo cup at 1 am while watching Foster the People, surrounded by thousands of people? Probably not.