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Old 01-05-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Prejudice towards/against smaller artists

Do you feel less inclined to check out someone's music if it's just one person making music in their bedroom, compared to a touring band of professional musicians?

Or, on the contrary, do you listen to a lot of music made by amateur musicians, or even prefer it to professionals?
When I say "amateur" I mean that music is not their primary source of income, as opposed to a "professional".

I don't really expect anything good from amateur musicians. A band needs to achieve some standard of quality in order to be able to make a living from playing music. An amateur can do whatever, with no standards of quality. Maybe I'm just [insert descriminatory term here].

What about you, Pit?
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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You mean like midgets, no.
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I feel less inclined if I haven't heard anything about it but if I've heard good things I don't care. I actually prefer amateur if anything because I feel like I'm helping them out and it makes me feel all unique and indie.
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You mean like midgets, no.

They just aren't as resonant.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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Pretty much, yeah. I hardly listen to anything that's even close to underground.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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i don't have a preference. i prefer amateur sounding music though
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:06 PM   #7
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Not a fan of bedroom heroes that make everything, I prefer a band, but there are some really good dudes out there that can do a lot with a little.


As far as "professional" musicians, no. I'll go with the unsigned/smaller label band any day.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:08 PM   #8
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As far as "professional" musicians, no. I'll go with the unsigned/smaller label band any day.

Even if they're unsigned, they're still professionals if they make a living from making music.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:08 PM   #9
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If I enjoy the music, I'll listen to it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:09 PM   #10
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If I enjoy the music, I'll listen to it.

But how will you know before hearing it? You'll have to discover it for yourself somehow.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:14 PM   #11
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But how will you know before hearing it? You'll have to discover it for yourself somehow.

...isn't that how everyone finds out about music? Either through the internet, through gigs or word of mouth.


I won't know whether I'll like something or not if I haven't heard it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:16 PM   #12
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...isn't that how everyone finds out about music? Either through the internet, through gigs or word of mouth.


I won't know whether I'll like something or not if I haven't heard it.

Well, that's kind of the entire point of this thread.
Do you feel any more or less inclined to check out an amateur musician than you do a professional one? Do you click links to people's Soundcloud pages in their signatures, or skip right over them? Do you have lower expectations for a guy in his bedroom than from a band that's on tour?
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Even if they're unsigned, they're still professionals if they make a living from making music.


Most of the bands I listen to have other jobs outside of being in a band.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #14
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Pretty much, yeah. I hardly listen to anything that's even close to underground.

Yea, I don't think anything I listen to really counts as underground at all
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Snowing's pretty low key. I mean, they blew up on the emo scene, but they weren't huge or anything like that.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:19 PM   #16
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:19 PM   #17
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I'm more inclined to buy an album of a band if they're smaller than just listening to them on spotify. Most of the bands I listen to have made it big already. I do try being open minded, though I discover a lot of music by word of mouth, so I'm more likely to hear about them if they already have a decent number of fans.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:21 PM   #18
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Well, that's kind of the entire point of this thread.
Do you feel any more or less inclined to check out an amateur musician than you do a professional one? Do you click links to people's Soundcloud pages in their signatures, or skip right over them? Do you have lower expectations for a guy in his bedroom than from a band that's on tour?

Nope, not really. Music is music.

No, I don't click any SC links in the pit, because I'm not into metal and other similar stuff (unless I know the genre, I won't click). I listen to a lot of stuff on SC, though. There are some people there whose music I absolutely love more than "professional" musicians.

No, I don't. You can make a professional quality album from your bedroom if you have a little to invest in equipment.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:26 PM   #19
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If they write good quality, well mixed, well written songs, whether they're amateur or professional, I'll listen.

If they suck, then they suck. I won't listen.


Though generally, yes, amateur musicians really don't put a whole lot of effort into their stuff and often times are doing it just "for the fun of it" and have horrendous mixing skills. I'm no engineer, but seriously: it's not astronomically difficult to make things sound at least half decent, even on the weakest of equipment.

I've also come to find a lot of non-pro musicians tend to rip off well known songs when creating their own. Some non-pros have great songwriting skills but I've heard far too many who just blatantly steal from others.

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I've also come to find a lot of non-pro musicians tend to rip off well known songs when creating their own. Some non-pros have great songwriting skills but I've heard far too many who just blatantly steal from others.

I call those homages
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