I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about the predictability of rock/pop music, the use of traditional A B A B C B formats, and the debate over whether or not to conform to such sensibilties. We concluded that musicians need to decide if the want to play music that has a universal appeal, music that any listener could enjoy. There are pros to this mentality like success and exposure. However, this type of music can only really be appreciated on a superficial level. It's not changing lives or pushing boundries or experimenting with music theory and uncommon scales.
Coversely, a musician could decide to play the music that he likes, everyone else be damned. Be prepared to be poor. There is very little demand for original music, especially that which is unappealing to the average listener. On the plus side, the two people at your last show who actually like your band, really really love it. No matter how out-there your music may be, there are always like-minded individuals out there. And when these people get ahold on what you're doing, awesome things happen. this is what I want to do.
I think that the music I play has a lot of appeal to a lot of people who are into a lot of different genres. I'm reluctant, if not unable, to categorize it. It's certainly aggressive and musically intricate. I guess prog/punk may be an adequate definition.
I suppose I have a bit of an ego but no more than I feel all musicians should have. After all, if you're not %100 confident in your music, how can you expect anyone else to like it?
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I don't want to suggest that my music comes from a vacuum, but I do my best to ignore my influences. These are, however, in no particular order, them.
Jim O'Rourke, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Mars Volta, An Albatross, The Afghan Whigs, Jesus Lizard, Dinosaur Jr, Shellac, Black Heart Procession, These Arms Are Snakes, Refused, Young Widows, Sonic Youth, Television, Do Make Say Think, Kid Dynomite, The Melvins, Blood Brothers, Gary Numan, Talking Heads, Elliot Smith, Tears For Fears, The White Octave and many others...
I also like soundtracks to old movies, like Psycho, the Shining, or And then There Was None. You know, creepy symphonic music.
I have a customized Squire Jagmaster with a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickup in the bridge position and a Gibson Tony Iommi signature series pickup in the neck position. This is played through a Fender Hot Rod DeVille 2-10. All my pedals were stolen a few years back and I'm always debating whether or not to replace them; I really like to just plug and play. I have a Boss V-Wah though.
The Frames Remain
The Frames Remain Year: 2004 Album: Tape Up the F-Holes Genre: Other
My old band. That's me on the guitar, bass and the subtle keyboards.
The Big One
The Big One Year: 2004 Album: Tape up the F-Holes Genre: Other
Not too representative of the sound I'm going for now, but it still kinda rules.
Vertebrates develope anus first [Therefor, we're all talking out our asses (especially me)]
Vertebrates develope anus first [Therefor, we're all talking out our asses (especially me)] Year: 2004 Album: Tape Up the F-Holes Genre: Other
butt stuff skillz to pay the billz!