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The Remnants of Uncertainty...
|Save The Music Campaign -Discussing the Issues
|I noticed Mr. Riddell posted a quick Q&A and I decided to be fair and answer all of the same questions myself. Here are my responses. |
Candidate Corey Long's However-Many-Points plan for the Music Scene
You might be saying, Mr. Long, our record sales are in the shitter! How is our music economy going to survive?
Major labels need regulation. I see a future where Indie and Major labels work together more exclusively. What we are seeing now is abandonment as soon as interest doesn't immediately peak in an artist. Albums and Singles need time to flourish and Labels need to give bands that time. Bands in this scene are hard-working and deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. They are simply trying to achieve the American Dream.
As for the economic issues in the music scene, I think that music doesn't sell itself quite as well as it used to. What we need to do is take the negative aspect (the fact that people are downloading music for free) and turn into a positive. Streaming music online to garner interest is a great thing. Even better is when a pre-order bundle includes a vinyl disc, other various merch, and an immediate download of the album upon release date. Not to mention bonus tracks and bonus material. We need to find ways to sell music again, and we are starting to see some really good things.
There are all these "Scene" kids and "emo" kids everywhere! I don't know what to do!
A major problem in our scene is branding and stereotyping. Admittedly, there are plenty of people in the scene who are a bit eccentric. This, however, gives us no reason to judge them. We are all entitled to our opinions, but I have always had a policy that there is no tolerance for no tolerance. There are a lot of young kids in our scene and they admittedly get lost in the superficiality and the look of the scene, but some people need that identity and that muse. Just because bands like Panic At The Disco or Fall Out Boy or Paramore may not speak to any of us in a profound way doesn't mean they don't mean the world to many many other people. I understand that people feel an entitlement to the scene, but the whole premise of music is freedom, expression, individuality, and community. We need to remember the fundamentals of our scene and learn to accept those who are different from us.
Why Does Corey Long hate the scene so much? Why must we endure his feelings of equal rights towards crappy bands?
It's funny to me that Ryan Riddell would pose a fake question like this just to use the opportunity to attack me. I have a great love for this scene. I buy over 100 albums a year and tell all my friends to check out the bands I love. I take my friends to shows and support the local bands in my area. I was in a band just like Mr. Riddell, and though his band definitely played more shows than the two bands I was in, I still was very active in the Bay Area scene. I love this scene with all my heart, music has saved my life on many occasions and is the fuel to my motivation in every aspect of my life.
Bands deserve equal rights because those are the foundations of our scene. Punk Rock was founded on the premise of not conforming and not following the trends. Though this notion has been a bit illegitimized, the foundations are still strong at their core. Even bands that we may deem 'crappy' deserve to play their music. We live in a free country and music is a form of expression that anyone is entitled to, just as we are free to choose which music we support and listen to.
In the next week my campaign will unveil some new ads and a few more surprises. Look forward to a debate between Mr. Riddell and I, as well as our choices for our runningmates. I thank you all for your support.
My God Save The Music Scene. Thank you all.
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