Music Still Lives, It Just Hides In The Phones Of Introverts

In & Out



           Any true music lover who hasn’t just entered the music scene will tell you that  music is dead. With the onset of EDM, DJs being considered as “Serious artists” and concerts having more phones than people, we can safely assume that things are bad. The fact that loads of artists sell music on the basis of catchiness (Friday, Baby, Call me maybe … kill me please) and public relations (Nicki Minaj, Arianna Grande, Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, I dare you to ask me more) does not help with the current scenario either. While one can say that the top hundred is now diseased with music that is just crowd pleasing, there are still artists who work towards making music for the soul, songs with real meaning and weight, and lyrics that don’t involve drugs, money, booty, and bitches.

It started off slow, but it has picked up now. The sad reality is that radio sucks.

Commercialisation of the auditory form of media has completely disjointed public listening to a point of just skipping stations till you find one actually playing a song. What’s wrong with that? There is illegal downloading, so anyone can listen to any song they like. Then who needs the radio? The thing is, radio was not to listen to the songs you love, it was also to find new songs you could like, and back when the radio was real, music was heard in barber shops, in cafés, in homes, in cars, and in public. Now, the most frequent places where music is heard are clubs and parties. This has forced a shift from diverse genres (that catered to different sections and kept variety) to simple mind-numbing beats that anybody could like. The reason why anybody feels excited by the continuous high pace rhythms of the music today is because of the effect it has on our body. Beats allow you to dance, beats don’t need focus to listen to, and beats make good background music when you want to order shots.


Depth of music has also gone for a six since the commercialisation of music became like a factory line. Instead of having a band come up with its own songs, rise in popularity, and eventually become truly famous (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park {they are dying too}, Metallica, Motorhead), a marketable artist is picked up by a talent scout, a lyricist makes the music, the studio artists produce the score, the voice is auto-tuned, the concerts are choreographed, and the advertisements are put up on the radio instead of actual music. Only the most successful songs of every album are actually aired on the radio. It is sick because everything costs money now, and the older methods aren’t able to compete with the commercial giants. We are force-fed what to like, and we have no choice but to like it because when they shine like a thousand suns, the millions of tiny stars are not visible in the background.

But if you bother actually checking around, making trips to online radio channels, searching for all the songs of an artist you feel is likeable, you realise there still are many artists who make music for the music. The more you look, the more you find artists like Birdy, Macklemore, Eminem, Michael Bublé, Adele, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, The Arctic Monkeys, Foster The People, and many whose names I wish I could list out to you. All you need to do is hunt. Check SoundCloud, Check Pandora, and Check Spotify. Check every place possible! Dig them out, raise them up, and make them famous! Let’s make music real again.

Photography By: Manbarasan