So, that’s it! After days, weeks, probably months of suffering and trying new things, arranging new songs in different ways, blood, sweat and tears, you’ve finally made it! Your next album or EP is ready for release! I’ve felt that excitement in the past, and even though we’d always want to go back and do some musical things differently, you and your band have already agreed on what seems to be a great point to finish the process and move on with the release, touring, millions in sales, and an endless flow of groupies… Err.. I might be daydreaming, anyway!
It is often that I hear people talk about the music scene, and how it has vanished from our city - whichever city you happen to be in - or how it "doesn't support" local acts. Where did the scene go? Truth is, most musicians and bands have taken care of slowly helping it disappear.
The music scene of any city depends on the interaction between musicians and fans, and the understanding that musicians ARE ALSO fans. Or at least they should be!
A good friend of mine asked me to write a short piece of music, exploring several moods and building up for his physical performance. “Move” is what I came up with; not necessarily representative of my music in general, but definitely on the vein of what I like doing.
So, to get things out of the way, I got nominated for two Niagara Music Awards this year, in the categories of Engineer and Instrumentalist of the year with Chaos Theory, off of the Weathering Storms EP. So yes, I am thrilled because recognition is one of those things that any artist is going after, but…
Here’s an entry full of opinions and barely any facts (if at all)… here’s my top 10 albums of 2014:
This was a good year for music; though not as amazing as 2013, there were some amazing releases that got me excited for several reasons!
Streaming is the
future present of music distribution, no matter who likes it and who doesn’t, that is a fact. And as such, there has been plenty of outcries both in favour and against it, the latest one being country music superstar Taylor Swift, who recently pulled her music out of Spotify claiming that low per-stream payouts were damaging and inconsiderate with the art she spent time crafting.
If you’ve been keeping up with the entertainment news you should know by now that Taylor Swift pulled all her music from Spotify; all but her newest single, that is.
This might seem like a big deal and a massive blow against the streaming giants, but what does that mean? Is Spotify really that bad of a deal that the only platinum artist of 2014 decided to prevent her listeners to access her music via the service? The short answer would be: No, but also yes…