For generations of musicians and music lovers alike, “selling out” was the worst thing a musician could do. It was a stinging insult and verbal slap to the face. It meant that a band or an artist was more interested in pleasing the mainstream and making money than the art itself. Selling out to me always meant making music that was dishonest and endorsing products for the sake of it.
It was about a year ago that I caught a glimpse one of the most recognizable names in music, Ringo Starr, on television. But he wasn't on the screen for a performance or talking about his incredible music career. He was featured in a Sketchers commercial. What?
From Gershwin to the Beach Boys to Metallica to Beyoncé, the United States has been a center for some awesome music. Our tunes reach far beyond our own borders; American artists are popular all over the world.
But much like our food, cities, and culture, American music is an active member of our melting-pot culture. It's hard to claim that American musicians aren't influenced, to some degree, by what's going on in the world.
For decades, our friends across the pond have had a massive hand in influencing and even creating American music movements and genres. Check out these three European music scenes throughout history that have influenced American music in a major way.
Admit it, you’ve angrily used the phrase “[Insert artist, song, genre, etc. here] is the death of good music!” before.
Maybe you grew up listening to political, poetic rock 'n' roll on the radio and the idea of electronic dance music dominating the pop music industry right now is your personal version of the day the music died. Or you’re an indie artist and streaming services are making a career in music outrageously difficult, threatening a financially prosperous career in music.
Whoever you may be, I can assure you that you’re not alone. Music is something every person on this planet holds close to their heart, and when something threatens our favorite songs, genres, and ways of listening, we tend to get… defensive.
When it comes to studio recording, there are so many different elements that are all pieces in the puzzle of your perfect mix. From the overall sound the artist is aiming for, right down to the position of the pop filter, every little detail is a building block to one amazing end product.
In some cases, microphones can play a massive role in creating a high-quality recording. There are hundreds of different choices with equally as many options for creating different sounds. So making the choice can be overwhelming at times.
Choosing a microphone for studio recording is dependent on several different factors such as the microphone type, the frequency response, the singer’s voice, and what sound they’re looking to achieve.