Art by Molly
Go to the comment section of any video from your favorite YouTube musician. Chances are someone has commented somewhere in the abundance of societal drivel about how that musician needs to post songs more often. This basically reduces the artistic process to nothing more than an assembly line.
Music comes from emotion and contemplation. It’s not a commercial product or something driven by demand. Following the release of their second studio album, Vampire Weekend was questioned about a third album. They responded by basically saying their second album was a challenge to write, citing their desire to sound different as one of the biggest obstacles. Basically, what they were driving at was the inherent desire musicians have to evolve. In reality, this is an inherent desire for human beings in general. People don’t want to stay the same. People are always looking to better themselves or change in some way.
However, fans on the internet seem to favor regurgitation over evolution, sameness over new and different. But that’s not how people work. People change. Their emotional states morph into other emotional states. Their experiences are built upon, adding to their creative pool. Then fans say things like, “y havnt u ben posting videos l8ly,” putting pressure on these musicians to pump out new music on a set schedule, undermining the creative process.
Of course, it should be mentioned that fans aren’t the only problem here. When musicians post videos apologizing for not posting new songs more frequently, they’re only adding fuel to the fire, encouraging their fan base to expect new music on a regular basis, perpetuating the cycle. I guess what I’m getting at is that musicians, if they’re serious about music as an art form, shouldn’t buy into this bastard culture. It’s the difference between a performer and an artist. Both are slaves, but each is a slave to something different. An artist is a slave to art, whereas a performer is a slave to an audience. The internet culture seeks to blur the line between artistry and performance, bastardizing the idea of musicianship in the process, and we, as a culture, can’t allow that to happen.