The modern minstral meets the masses

Posted in Music, Opinion, Web on Februar 4th, 2011 by EO-Manager

Hey, do you remember the days when artists were like untouchable? When everybody was waiting anxiously for the next news, picture, record to be released. When there were about 3 or 4 magazines that gave us the valued information about what band x or singer y was doing. And when everyone was patiently waiting year after year for a new album and the following tour? You do? My god, you’re getting old…

Nowadays these days are over, it’s history. And frankly, thank god for that. When looking back,  music was so incredibly expensive, it was unbelieveable. Majors created superstars, and superstars created a big gap between them and us. There were exceptions of course, but generally it was the rule.

Things have thoroughly changed, thanks to the internet, mp3 and people’s creativity. What is a nightmare for the big music companies is a bless for us, the music fans. Because slowly the attitude of musicians changed and some understood relatively early that you have to be close to your fans to remain interesting. So some tried to find different channels to sell their music (like Prince who sold albums through newspapers, Nine Inch Nails had MP3 to download, others became their own channel and sold music through the internet…) but mostly it became more important be on tour, to be closer to the fans, to talk to them, blog to them and listen to them.

And if you  think about it: wasn’t that exactly the kind of relationship artists had to their audiences for hundreds of years, really? Apart from the late 20th century musicians made their living through travelling round in their countries performing whereever and whenever it was possible? Do you notice how many really good bands, performers, artists are on tour these days? And not only in gigantic megaconcerts but also in clubs and pubs throughout the land. And not only do they perform, they even take time to mix up with their fans. Last year, for example,  I saw Fish in concert, and guess what? After the show he came back, sat down at the bar and talked to and with us. Great.

I had a similar experience with Bill Bruford, a brilliant drummer who played with Yes, U.K, King Crimson, Earthworks … to name a few. He was also playing in a little club giving explanations about his songs, talked to us during the break sitting at the bar and signed a couple of cds and records. Did we run them over? Hell, no. Why should we? We are civilized and ordinary people who like not only the performance but also the performer. We would like to thank for the music. Personally. We don’t want to get on their nerves. It is appreciation with mutual benefit.

It is quite interesting how many musicians are blogging, how many you can find in twitter , facebook and other social networks actively informing and taking part. All I can say is: good thing, thanks, keep it up.

For those who are interested, here’s one link to a blog entry that includes Musicians who blog. If you know others, comment and share.

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Does the net work in networks?

Posted in Opinion on Januar 8th, 2011 by EO-Manager

The urge to use all that is new and exciting seems to be a pretty common one. There is no real big difference whether it is material or rather immaterial stuff like the latest and greatest social media channels.

Not so long ago nearly everybody had to have a website on his/her own, an account on Myspace, on twitter, YouTube, and what have you. Now it’s Facebook. To make it quite clear: I am no different, so I won’t smartass you with preaching the usual stuff you can get everywhere else. Even though I am a critical mind when it comes to giving all kinds of private information away I started a facebook account with Eigenheim Orchestra – and guess what: it is funny. No, I still don’t believe that you can make friends by the click of a mouse and I still believe that some things are better left unrevealed, but hey, not only do you find nearly everyone you EVER were acquainted or friends with, these channels are indeed a pretty easy way to make yourself seen, heard and part of a news system you would not be able to have access to otherwise. I am still not over the moon with all of this as it is still very undifferentiated and broad, but I am pragmatic and clearly see the advantages. If I think beyond Facebook, video sites, podcasts, YouTube, Twitter, there are so many other ways, channels and networks now I can use to get in touch with people that do the same, think similarly (or if you like the opposite, give you new ways to look at things) or contribute to my needs that it truly has become “social networking”.

What’s that got to do with music you might ask? Well, first of all, every band, musician, writer, lyricist now has the possibility to publish; secondly all of these mentioned above can collaborate and cooperate independent of space, time and geography. This was literally impossibly only a few years ago. It is dead easy today to publish your music at netlabels or elsewhere AND promote it in social networks. It is also fantastic you can find people around the world to cooperate with you finishing your song, when you got stuck or need a special talent or instrument you can’t play. Or just throw in an idea and see how it develops and what others do with it. You got more than plenty websites that serve every need, not just exchanging news. What a great thing!

Here are a couple of sites you could try and see if some of them might suit your needs. You probably find us in one or the other, too. Who knows.

http://www.digitalmusician.net – a site to connect, collaborate and produce

http://www.kompoz.com – also a site where creatives cooperate

http://www.myblogband.com/ – music collaboration on the web

http://www.ccmixter.org/ – remix or have your song remixed

http://www.musiker-board.de/ – the biggest musician’s communication platform in Germany

http://soundcloud.com/ – upload your music with a distinctive url and have it commented

Tell us, if you want more.

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