Anonymous asked: i love mainstream pop music and my friends and roommates make fun of me for it because they say it's "crap" and "mainstream." how would you recommend i go about defending my musical tastes? i normally ignore them, but it's annoying to have people gang up on me for the assertion that "lady gaga has a good voice" or "taylor swift is a phenomenal songwriter." /should/ i just ignore them completely? thanks.
this is something i run into a lot too and I find it pretty obnoxious. If someone is interested in underground music its because theoretically they want to be more open minded, interested in things that are more diverse (i.e. less judgemental).
Furthermore, if they want to be knowledgeable about music to the degree that they actively pursue underground music, cutting themselves off from the largest music market in the world seems kind of contradictory.
Not to mention that I feel like a lot of distain for popular music is sexist and/ or racist. R&B, hip hop and rap probably is probably the most overwhelmingly innovative and influential music over the last 30 years. But still somehow it seems much harder for hip hop artists or R&B singers to be taken seriously as something other than just a commercial act. Or people will always say that it sells because its sexy or whatever, which completely disregards how talented you need to be an R&B singer. Or how innovative a lot of the production is on hip hop and R&B records. People always laugh at me for loving mariah carey, but shes a world class musician! she has a wider range than most contemporary opera singers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic2UCRHLCi8
I think it’s a similar story for stuff like taylor swift or justin bieber. People see that it’s marketed at young women or teen girls, who i guess couldn’t possibly be critically discerning? i mean, thats bullshit. the taylor swift album has perfect production and awesome songwriting, but people are terrified to say that they like it because of it’s audience.
whenever i bring up taylor swift or skrillex people are always super reactionary at first but if you actually play this music to people they usually totally change their tone. Plus the fact that something as musically radical as skrillex could win a fucking grammy is wonderful and amazing. It’s not a reason to hate him. it doesn’t mean that he sold out, its a victory for the underground. He never had to compromise artistically and he’s a household name, which in my opinion is the most you could ask for as an artist.
James always brings up this taylor swift quote “people like to throw rocks at things that shine.” Some people just don’t like to see things succeed. It’s sad when people don’t like something just because other people do, or stop liking something because it blows up. If your identity is so wound up in only liking things that other people don’t like then you probably have some self esteem issues.
Of course this doesn’t mean that “mainstream music” is better than other music or that its uncool to like weird music. probably 50% of the music i listen too is industrial, metal, punk etc. and thats the world i came up in. But embracing the things you aren’t familiar with is healthy and cool, and a lot of pop music references other ‘harder’ or more experimental genres more than you would think. I hate the term ‘guilty pleasure’ that people always use when they talk about pop music. Because it implies that they care so much about what other people think that they can’t honestly enjoy something, they have to enjoy it with a sense of irony because it’s not ‘cool’ enough to just like it for real. I feel like negative sentiments towards things just on the basis that they are ‘mainstream’ implies a lack of confidence.
That said, maybe your friends just hate pop music lol. But if they like psychic TV or new order or the velvet underground or suicide or whatever, then they probably secretly like “pop music”. because all that stuff is catchy, dancable stuff with hooks too.
not to mention i dj often, usually loft parties, ‘hipster’ parties or whatever haha. and i dj exclusively skrillex, katy perry, benny benassi, destiny’s child etc. and of course when everybody’s drunk enough to not care how they look they go crazy for that stuff