Support Independent Music

I spend a ridiculous amount of time thinking about the Independent music scene, and particularly the new independent music scene. This is partly because I am an independent music supporter, and partly because I write on music scene and stuff. I’ve also got a natural interest in patterns and systems (and the independent music scene is one). I like watching things emerge, and I like the ideas that people are forced to come out with to try to make a little money in the current climate. But aside from being interested in all that stuff, first and foremost, I am an ardent supporter of the indie music circuit and from that perspective, I don’t think about the business side of things AT ALL. If you are a musician trying to make it in music right now, just pause for a moment and try to remember why you got into this in the first place.

For most of us, we got into it because music moves us. There’s something about great music that hits you more directly than pretty much any other art form (and I love most art forms – I am not trying to be a snob here, it’s just how I experience it). You don’t need a degree in music history; you don’t even need to understand the words. When music hits you, it hits you, and that’s magic. This piece was inspired by conversations I’ve had with people and friends who’re involved in different bands of our city Shillong. For the most parts of the conversation we mainly spoke on the importance of the internet in doing these independent music makers a big time favor in getting noticed.

Later as I make my way back home, I sort of pondered upon the topic and hence, question myself, is it only the power of the internet that can get these bands to where they are right now?….. Well, the only possible theory rather philosophy I best came up with it after taking into consideration some of the pros and cons the internet offer is the following.The downside of the internet and of the amazing possibilities these days to record release and distribute your album for sod all quid (trans: practically zero bucks) is that we kind of get caught up in the churn of it all, this constant barrage of apathetic new stuff that holds our attention for about five seconds. If it holds our attention for more than that, we consider it good, and share it with our facebook and twitter friends. But great music is worth far more than that, and EVERYONE used to know this. It’s worth hunting out, and cherishing. It’s worth playing again and again and again. For years, cause music is timeless. And if you make music, it’s worth trying to make it THAT GOOD. Just because you can release it, doesn’t mean you should. Maybe it’s not ready yet. (And maybe it is – don’t listen to me, what do I know? I’ve never even heard your music!) Period!

Rundolf Mawlieh