There’s something inherently wrong with band competitions.
Musically competing with others is extremely one dimensional and music can’t be made or contained in one dimension, so it’s inherently flawed.
Isn’t the point of creating music to share moments of creative bliss with others and share moments of unified experience in our disconnected world? Why would we want build walls around our creations and hog the joy of it all to ourselves?
Isn’t there something utterly vial about pitting musicians against one another and making them compete for attention and exposure? Shouldn’t we be fostering friendships and building community with our fellow musicians? After all, we are the ones in this together. We are our own best allies, and the ones that can truly help each other achieve and succeed.
In an already hostile music industry why does this model of competition continue to exist and thrive? Why do we have to beg our fan bases to click silly meaningless buttons and vote for us and not ‘them’ instead of encourage music lovers to truly support all of us by buying our music and coming to our shows?
Why are we as bands subjugating ourselves to being judged by panels of people who determine our worthiness to be narrowed down to a select ‘superior’ few?
The only reason I can fathom as to why we as bands have subjected ourselves to such gimmicks is because of the potential exposure these types of ‘opportunity’s’ bring. The chance for new audiences to discover our hard working band and the songs we sweat our assess off too create, creates in us a sense of false hope that this could really be a break for us… instead these competitions merely put us in separate pans to be seared and consumed for a mere flashy spectical that lasts for a blink in time.
But let me repat myself, musically competing for an audience is one dimensional and music can’t be made or contained in one dimension… so it’s inherently flawed.
Uniting with bands and building strong bridges we can rock out on together is exponentially more valuable than competing with them, and in all honesty I don’t care to have panels of people judge my bandmates and I, that alone, is the farthest thing from the reason we create music in the first place.
And as for the chance at exposure, I’ll let our music speak for itself and our honesty and integrity as artists to communicate meaningful messages guide our way to truly valuable exposure and real opportunity to attract genuine audiences, and I’d encourage all bands to do the same.
Everything else is business gimmick and transparent bullshit.
We’ll pick building bridges over building walls and stick to creating real, heavy, solid music any day and everyday.
United we create, separate we stagnate.
Up up and away we go,