The NBT Music Columns: The Marketing Machine vs The Music

686586548_s.jpg Some thoughtful angry fiery words from true independent singer/artist JESSICA JOHNSON  

 So, I was just checking my email and I see this thing about some contest for best song of the year, and for the first time I felt like the shit sounded sooooooooo lame. Best song of the year? Right. I don’t know if I’ve just experienced enough bs that I’ve become really impatient or what, but all these gay little *we want to make you a star* contests strike me as so stupid. They’re trying to find the best song as much as American Idol is trying to find the best singer. Say it with me now…..HA! It’s my opinion that the music industry has nothing to do with music right now. It’s just one big marketing machine. Take for example the 20,000 “friends” on my page. Are all 20,000 of these people really fans? Hells no! They prob just added me b/c they wanted to get their numbers up, just like me. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it does go to show that it’s all about marketing and creating an illusion to be perceived as reality. (Ever heard the saying “perception is reality”?) I know how it goes. It’s not about finding talent, it’s not about nurturing potential. It’s about slapping a label and a barcode on a cd and shoving it in the public’s face and saying :Listen to this! Buy this! This is what’s hot! Screw that. if you all find an artist you like…or even a song you like, BUY IT. It doen’t matter if it’s an indie or a major. Don’t just buy something because everyone else is….that’s lame. Don’t go downloading it for free. Don’t go burn it off a friend. Don’t do any of that cheap retarded shit. If you appreciate the artist and their music, PROVE IT. Maybe one day this industry will get back on it’s feet and remember the music……but I’m not holding my breath.