September 3, 2020
It has always been difficult to find the right genre for his own music. Especially in the streaming age the right drawer is important for addressing the audience and multipliers (playlisters, press etc.).
No real artist thinks of genres when writing a song. Especially when there is a lyrics to a song and a statement is made that is beyond the known personal sensitivities, like lovesickness and general world-weariness.
It becomes very difficult when the artist experiments with elements from different art epochs. This is how art in general works. But is music still seen as an art subject by the majority of listeners today?
With the triumphant advance of pop music, the art aspect has increasingly receded into the background. Radio stations select music according to a pattern that is a perversion of art.
The total submission to the majority taste forbids editors to select songs that could “disturb”. But disturbing the everyday uniformity is one of the most noble tasks of art.
When I decided to focus “Entprima Jazz Cosmonauts” to sociopolitical themes, I knew very well what I was doing. But I feel like an artist and have to live with the economic consequences of my actions.
I understand very well that listeners want to find their peace beside the flood of horror news from all over the world – not least in music. But there are also ways out of the dilemma for an artist, and I try to go one of these ways by producing music for other soul situations as well.
There remains the problem of addressing via genres for the critical songs. It would be time for the streaming portals (Spotify etc.), which should be there for all groups of listeners, to establish genres, which take more consideration of song contents.
How about a mood “Sociopolitical” instead of dividing “Chill Out” into umpteen subgroups?
I was born in the largest coal mining area in Germany, known as the “Ruhrgebiet”. After school I worked as a professional musician until I was 40 years old. This time is well documented on WIKIPEDIA
After a burnout I had to give up my job, moved to the south of Germany, to the Munich region, and did an apprenticeship as an information technologist.
Another burnout forced me to rebuild my existence again, which collapsed just because of the corona crisis. In expectation of poverty at retirement age, I began to build a second career as a musician in 2019.
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