Thursday, May 31, 2018

Learning From Loss

Pete Tong speaks about the death of Avicii, and he makes points I never would have considered:

Veteran club DJ Pete Tong has called for more emotional support for artists and DJs working in electronic music.

Speaking at the annual International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, Pete called Avicii - who died aged 28 in April "one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation".

"The warp factor speed of his breakthrough fueled by the adrenaline rush and global connectivity of social media ensured that Tim’s feet never touched the ground," said Pete.

"Tim had no training, there was no apprenticeship...He’d not even had a proper job."

Pete called the Avicii - whose name was Tom Bergling - story "unique - it's the perfect storm in the sense that few will ever be that young and that talented, making the right music, at precisely the time when a world wide musical movement is about to explode."

He added: "Given they way it turned out I hope we never see it again - BUT his death has put the spotlight firmly back on our profession - The Life of a DJ ".

The article goes on to explain that the Electronic Music industry doesn't really have any kind of support network or infrastructure for artists who need help or suffer from a litany of problems related to being successful in their field. There's a real lack of awareness for communities that exist on the fringe. I suppose you could say this about any number of musical genres or fields of artistic endeavor, but what caught my attention was that this wasn't really an idea that was explored when the death of this artist was announced. He was young, he was talented, he was an innovator but he was "troubled" and that's why he died.

Well, don't tell me he had troubles. Tell me what could have been done to help him and save him and keep him around.

Monday, May 7, 2018

What Did You Do With Your Dole Money?

Isn't this a given? Young, snotty British lads are supposed to say awful things about Theresa May:

Shame have hit out at The Sun after the paper penned an article accusing them of “attacking the Prime Minister.”

Sharing the piece to their Instagram account, the band captioned the image, “Pleased to announce we shall be spending our newly acquired funds on hard drugs and anti-tory propaganda, and a new bib for @danwootton if we have some left over #dontbuythesun.”

The article blasts the band for their track ‘Visa Vulture’ which calls out the Prime Minister with lyrics including “Oh Theresa, honey, You know that I mind the gap, With my chargrilled meat, Inside your butter-bread baps.”

Writer Dan Wooton says Shame have received a “taxpayer-funded grant” and still ‘crudely insult the PM’.

They don't even seem that snotty, really. They're a bit posh, but oh well. Take that cash and make some art with it. Modern British history is replete with stories of young people who took money from the dole (or a grant or a loan or whatever) and used it to buy guitars that were then used to chop down the old guard and make everything better.

Well, not really, but I have no idea what a butter-bread bap is.