i'm tj. i'm 21 years old. i live in virginia beach but my heart is in richmond. you may know me from a conditions show or just because of conditions in general. my life consists of crossing state borders, going to countless shows and experiencing unforgettable things with some of my best friends.
You are human being above it all.
U EVER THINK ABOUT BOYS IN SUITS AND HOW NICE IT MAKES THEIR SHOULDERS LOOK AND HOW THE SLEEVES MAKE THEIR HANDS LOOK ALL BIG AND HOW THE COLLAR MAKES THEIR JAWLINE LOOK SO SHARP AND HOW THE JACKET FITS THEM TIGHT AT THE WAIST B O Y S
After reading another disheartening article about another hardworking band breaking up, I really feel the need to be a hypocrite and be “that guy” who uses Facebook as a soapbox for like five minutes. The music industry has gone and is continuing to go in the shitter, and it makes me angry. The music industry isn’t the sole thing I blame for all these bands breaking up, it’s you, the consumers. People don’t realize and I don’t think that they will ever realize how much they affect whether a band survives financially or not. These bands bust their asses and tour vigorously for little or no people and money. They barely scrape by in their real life situations by working shitty paying part time jobs to pay their rent and be able to afford these tours that they go on. Most times, bands are lucky if they break even at the end of a tour. I’m tired of entitled fans who think downloading music is an okay thing to do, complaining about a tour not coming to their area, complaining about the accessibility of a band, or even the ones who even think it’s okay to ask a band for guestlist to a show just because they “support” them and think they deserve it. People don’t realize how little money bands make off of their music. When they put out a record, there are things to be paid back like a studio space to live in, the recording, producing, mixing and mastering stages in making it come alive. When I go online and see people throwing around download links like it’s candy, it pisses me off, especially when I know kids my age or younger claim they can’t afford to buy the music. This also ties in with people thinking they deserve guestlist. I hate seeing kids who can go spend 10 dollars on Chipotle or 5 dollars at Starbucks like money is THAT disposable, but when it comes to supporting someone’s hard work, you suddenly can’t afford it. If you can’t really afford it, at least stream their music where they get some sort of royalty. Some people use the arguments that iTunes isn’t very beneficial for artists, but there are so many more outlets out there that support the artists in a more direct fashion like BandCamp, Spotify, Pandora, etc etc etc. If people really truly cared about music and the artists they support like they claim they do, they need to make an honest effort to support them because whether you want to believe it or not, you all have a huge part in whether a band makes it or breaks it. For example, when Conditions needed money for making Full of War, I spent three weeks skipping countless meals and selling several of my possessions just to donate 750 dollars towards the album process. That may seem like a lot, but that barely even covers the costs. I’ve also recently donated 100 dollars to Stolas to help them out with whatever I could for them making their new album possible. Sadly, that 100 dollars does nothing either. That probably covers a tank or two of gas for them to even get to the studio to record. I wish people would really think about everything a band goes through to make these things possible to share with you. So many of you take it for granted and it pisses me off. Lastly, if you complain about a band not coming to your area, you also play quite a big part in that as well, not just booking agents. If a band doesn’t have a lot of income coming through because of low record sales, people not buying tickets and/or merch, they’re not going to able to afford to make it out to your area. Their booking agents and themselves (if they’re the ones booking the tours) are going to make it out to where they will have a successful night and know they can make enough money to get to the show the next day. I doubt this will be an eye opener for anyone, because some people just don’t really give a shit like they should, but when you’re favorite bands break up, don’t tour in your area, take forever to release new material, or ask you to donate to a KickStarter, I want you to think really hard about what you do with your money when you are so “passionate” about music. I really fear for what some of my friends are going to have to go through as a local bands trying to make it, the only thing I can do is support them and I hope others do, too.
trying to argue with someone over text is like being italian and having to talk with handcuffs on
Track of the Day #93 - July 25th, 2014
Projectile Comet by Secret Band
New song from this great side project of Dance Gavin Dance, it captures the crazy feeling of DGD but without clean vocals to break the experience up, and this project really lets Jon Mess shine as a vocalist and made me respect him in that regard, really a unique screamer in this genre, his voice is extremely distinct.