Post by : crispin kinlan  
  Date : 13 August 2013  
  Subject : Personal  
  Title : artistic credibility and identity  
         
  QUESTION:  
 
dear marty, i sing and play guitar in a band. i write everything, really. i got punk rock, grunge, hard rock, ballads, australian rock and more alternative stuff. initially, it might sound quite interesting. however, i fear it will be difficult for people to understand what my band is all about. i mean, we can start the set list with hard rock, go punk, then hard rock again, australian rock, punk, ballad, grunge... we can make a lot of combinations. i care about what i feel regarding my music and usually ignore the opinions of others. nevertheless, wouldn't it be hard to develop an artistic identity with a mixed message? if we rock one song, shift style completely and go soft on the other, wouldn't it be contradictory? i mean, the band was rocking with holy wars, but now they are playing mama said?! if it gets difficult for my message to be understood, what's the point of communicating it? i would love to be artistically understood and appreciated. wouldn't you? [rethorical question, i know you are appreciated and understood. : )] thanks much, marty!
 
     
  MARTY'S ANSWER:  
 
If you have good, solid, memorable songs, you should have the freedom to interpret them in any way you enjoy. That`s your right as an artist. Mixing it up too much might confuse some listeners, but if you like it, then fuck `em! The "good songs" part is your main concern. Best of luck.
 
     
 
 
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