Local music... who decides?
andy.fekete at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 00:37:03 EST 2008
"Wow. You actually admit to being biased against local music acts
with managers. It isn't fair that you feel this way and is a
disservice to bands who have their collective shit together. "
The implication is that "acts with managers" and "bands who have their
collective shit together" are somehow connected.
I am not so certain. One could argue that if a band gets a manager
before they are at least well-known enough for the booking agent of a
small local club to be aware of them, then there is a high likelihood
that the band does not, in fact, have their collective shit together;
in fact, one could argue it is an indication that the band is full of
Grady's method of discarding email submissions from band "managers"
would seem to favor new acts starting out, and has the potential to
uncover a diamond in the rough. I like that.
On Feb 5, 2:38 pm, chapelhillguitar... at hotmail.com wrote:
> On Feb 5, 1:24 pm, gr... at ibiblio.org (grady) wrote:
> > I don't book a club, but I play a variety of other (to use the honest
> > word) gatekeeper roles--I make most of the recommendations as to what
> > local CDs get playlisted at WXDU, for example. I book the bands who play
> > live on my radio show. I decide what shows I list on trianglerock.com.
> > And to be perfectly honest, if a local band has a "manager," that's an
> > instant red flag for me. I get a fair number of emails about shows &
> > bands & whatnot, and as I'm skimming them for the tiny kernels of useful
> > information (who/where/when), if I see "Manager" in connection with the
> > sender's name, I'm inclined to stop reading.
> > This is especially true when the manager uses the collective "we" when
> > referring to the band, as if he/she were a full-fledged bandmember, if
> > in fact he or she does not get up onstage & play an instrument with the
> > band.
> > Does this make me a bad person? Yes, sure, almost certainly. Thankfully
> > I'm at least aware of this, so if the band sends a CD or has music on
> > their MySpace, I'll probably listen to it anyway. But it'll be starting
> > at a deficit with me.
> Wow. You actually admit to being biased against local music acts with
> It isn't fair that you feel this way and is a disservice to bands who
> have their collective shit together. I find it appalling that you, a
> self-admitted 'gatekeep' for various local music opportunities, choose
> to play god with local music simply because you are in the
> 'gatekeeper' role. Whatever happened to let the people decide?
> Your description of your role in the local music scene is very similar
> to the same cliquishness seen within the larger mainstream music
> No wonder people find it very difficult to get in the door when there
> are people like you who block the door.
> > The only rationale I can present by way of explanation is this one: I've
> > listened to a couple of thousand CDs by an endless stream of local bands
> > over the past 16 years, and with the exception of a brief period when
> > Shawn Rogers was managing the Archers, I've almost never heard anything
> > from a local band with "management" that was worth a shit.
> > (Now, obviously, once a band hits a certain level--like, say, Squirrel
> > Nut Zippers, or Tift Merritt, or Ryan Adams--then management becomes a
> > necessity. But that bar is pretty high, and if you're struggling to get
> > booked into Local 506, I'm guessing you haven't hit it yet.)
> Hmm. Another slam of local talent. I guess we can interpret this as
> 'If you are local and have a manager, you must suck.'.
> I am not 'struggling' to get booked. I am fighting a quixotic fight
> against the 'gatekeepers' like yourself who filter local music before
> it ever has a chance to be heard in local venues.
> Now I am not saying that I know better than you. I am saying that you
> can't possibly know better than most since tastes vary and one
> person's Dr. Dre is another person's Weird Al.
> What's wrong with letting new bands in on an off night?
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