G. Garcia here, writing from my own hell.
This is the first blog I have since LiveJournal was the coolest thing in the world (sharing its popularity with the IRC).
If you know what “IRC” is, you probably are as old as me, and you get an picture of how long it has been.
If you have no idea of what the hell I’m talking about, let’s just say that it’s been a shitload of time since I’ve written anything on the web besides updating my Facebook status, twitting one or two things, and publishing Johnny Horne’s announcements on ReverbNation.
No pressure, though. I do not aim to be featured in any most-influential-blogs-ever list, and being quite honest, I’d be surprised if I make it out there. Too many blogs already, y’know.
In fact, this is something I’ve been thinking lately: there is too many of everything nowadays: too many rock bands, too many pop singers, too many photographers, too many writers, to many restroom models… Mondo amateur.
With the new technologies and these really accessible prices for “looks-like-professional” equipment, in the last years the amount of amateur artists have grown more recklessly than the guy from Akira towards the end of the movie.
But don’t get me wrong. I think that’s great! in a way…
I mean, it is really awesome that anybody with a computer, a smartphone and/or a microphone can become a writer, journalist, photographer, singer, broadcaster, porn actor/actress (?). Internet helped in great measure with the democratization of this kind of activities, and opened the doors of our own bedroom to the rest of the world: I brand new world became alive.
The downside is that anybody, and now I mean ANYBODY, with a computer, a smartphone and/or a microphone can become a writer, journalist, photographer, singer, etc. Instagram and autotuner, what a pile of shit (I’ll come back to this in future posts). Nothing feels organic because nothing requires a minimum amount of craftsmanship to make.
Plus, right now it feels that there is more offer than demand. There are many more bands out there than people willing to listen to anything different than what they see on TV. Many more photographers than people who really enjoy pictures (other than pictures of food, duckfaces and clouds). Many more people writing stuff than people willing to read.
Then you realise: the rules have change but only for “business needs”.
While years ago, only a few could produce songs, paintings, pictures, books, etc…, and the rest paid for watching, reading, listening them; now people (at least people how’s not that dumb to pay 20+ euros for a CD) does not consume art the same way than before, and pay just a little price (if any) to download songs and movies from the web.
Now the business seems to be more in the artist and less in the audience.
Think about it: how many people had a SLR camera 10 years ago? That’s right. Now Canon and the other big brands have convinced us that we can become good photographers if we buy an EOS and make crooked pictures of anything (and then add a ton of filters).
The same way, bands and musicians now have to pay to play almost anywhere, or accept other poor conditions, as venues doesn’t consider enough with whatever number of tickets and whatever number of pints they sell the night of the gig. They want us to pay too.
This, of course, doesn’t apply to bands and musicians who directly make the shitty music that the industry can sell to the brainless masses (yea, you know what bands/artists I mean).
To all of them, here’s something they can have from me:
|There you go! Enjoy.
And I think I will stop now, ‘cause I could keep on writing on this subject for ages. Plus I’m sure you will have better things to do (too).
However, if this is not your case, feel free to comment and share your opinion and ideas. Or just say ‘hello’ for f*ck sake! The world has lost his manners.
See you next time. Be good.