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There Is No Mystery in the Music Business Anymore

English: Kiss live at Paris in 1999.

English: Kiss live at Paris in 1999. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I got the idea of this post from a post about journalism by Jussi Mäntysaari . Music journalism and band interviews, to be more exact. This gave me an idea. Read it if you want but beware: it’s in Finnish: http://alsosprachjussi.blogspot.fi/2012/12/ei-enaa-artistihaastatteluja.html ).

Back in the 80s, when I was young, I and the boys next door got into Kiss. Kiss was something huge, a group from another world or another dimension. We hardly knew anything about them as there was no Internet around – we just had read about them on Finnish music magazines.. We knew they were from the USA and had recorded some albums that affected us in a weird way.

So, we wrote a letter to them in very rudimentary English. “We are fans, can you please send us some guitars so we can be like you?” was the core of the letter. We never got a reply. Or our guitars. Why, Paul, Gene & the rest of the guys, why?!? 😀

And when I listened to the radio and found a damn interesting band, sometimes all I knew about the band was the song itself. Nothing more. It could be that no Finnish magazines ever wrote about them. But I was cool with it. Music was the most important thing and if I bumped into information about the band, fine. That was bonus.

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Now, almost thirty years later, things have changed. Teenagers don’t pick their favourite bands from television, radio or the magazines. They can be found on the Internet. You see a video on YouTube, get to their Facebook page, send a message and a bit later, you can even get a personalized reply. And you can get all the possible information from the band in no time. It’s almost like the members of the band live next door. Almost.

There is no mystery in the music business anymore. Is it good or bad? I don’t know. It’s different, that’s all I know.

Perhaps it’s me? I’ve learned a lot since the first demo of our band. I know how the music industry works. I know what bands have to do to get an album released.

Let’s just say both have changed. The world and I. Still, one question remains: can I go back to my teenage years? Can I listen to an album and feel the magic again? Well, yes, partly. Damn good songs still affect me in a good but weird way. But then, I’ll have to start digging information about the band. “Where do they come from? How do they look? What are their influences?” and all that stuff. Because the information is there.

What’s the solution to this problem? Should all bands be like Tool? They very rarely give an interview, you know. There is a certain amount of mystique around them. And that makes them more interesting to many people.

So, bands, don’t be like most bands. Be mysterious. Don’t spread around information about yourselves. And remember: in the end all that matters is your music. You’re just a carpenter, although you’re still interesting to some people.

 
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Posted by on 2.12.2012 in In English, Music

 

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2012

Maya calendar

Maya calendar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh, wow, it’s a long time since I’ve written anything on a blog, apart from the EToS blogs. Never mind, let’s just call this a fresh start. It’s 2012, right? A truely fateful year, if you believe those urban myths about the Mayan calendar. We’ll see about that in December. But 2011? Can’t say it was the best year of my life. It had several weird, dark moments as well as several weird, happy moments. But after all, the year went too quickly. Far too quickly.

What really scared me off last year was two of my dear friends having problems with their health. You usually think you live forever and all the people important to you are always going to be around you. I do it, anyway. Then, you suddenly realize it’s not that way at all. And realizing that changes you, just a tiny-winy bit, but it still changes you, slowly and unexpectedly. Or is it just a thing you face when you grow up? Could be.

Considering that.. How can I make this year better than 2011? Well, I’ve got a principle. It’s better to do things, fail at them and learn from the mistakes than to do nothing at all. A life with no mistakes is a live not worth living at all. I’m also trying to be true and honest to myself, which is one of the best principles in life. You can’t care of others if you don’t care of yourself. (Blahblahblah, insert more cliches here :D).

Anyway, 2012 is a fresh start for me. Living alone in a new apartment, life ahead of me, a single man. As for music… I want both of my my bands to archieve something. For EToS, I want the forthcoming album to be the best ever. And for the other band (which I still keep in secrecy for a while), I want it to finish a good-sounding demo. Writing new music and new lyrics isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but when you succeed in it, it is the best thing you can do with your trousers (or pants, for you Americans) on, you know ;). Blood, sweat and tears, sometimes it’s almost literally all of those three things. So yeah, 2012 is going to be full of music and that’s the way I like it, babe, yeah :).

So, no resolutions on New Year‘s Eve. Just some guidelines on how to try to make the year better, as I’ve already written. And oh yeah: “eat less, do more exercise, spend less time online” and all that usual stuff. If everything goes “as planned” (yeah right, like I would ever have a plan?), I will be happier by the end of the year. Or at least I will have learned new things about life, love, the universe and everything.

Unless the world ends on the 21st of December. That would not be cool.

 
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Posted by on 3.1.2012 in In English, Life

 

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