Posted: December 4, 2012 in Music Industry
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Bands use their music to connect to people, it’s what draws fans to them. This spark is something everyone craves, everyone seeks: it’s how we make friends, how we get along with colleagues, the foundation of relationships. If we get lucky, we get to experience this with at least one band in our lifetime. With the amount of music out there, it’s challenging to identify where you fit in, who speaks to you most and understands you best. But the minute that connection is made, fireworks go off (literally or figuratively.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Predictable chart toppers (ie Pitbull, Nicki Minaj) dominate the radio waves, music television and are constantly in your face. You’re bound to hear their music no matter how hard to you try to avoid it. Those that can’t handle the lack of substance in the majority of popular music, who won’t accept that Bruno Mars is all there is, want to get something more out of their music, something beyond the standard. Every once in a while, a band pops up; just enough to be heard and make an impression; just enough to stay in your mind; just enough so you want more. But their music isn’t as accessible and so you’re forced, rather you’re willing, to make that extra effort to get to know them. Thus the beginnings of an emotional connection.
                                                                                                                                                                            You do your research, see how many albums they’ve released, where they’re from (thank you Wikipedia,) read interviews, etc. And the relationship grows because even though it’s nothing like you’ve ever experienced before, it excites you and you want to be in it. You invest countless hours drowning yourself in their music, and it becomes clear that what makes you both so compatible is their ability to see things they way you do. Ke$ha’s got nothing on them. You’re perpetually surprised by how consistent they are, and just when you think they can’t express things any more honestly they blow you away. Someone finally understands you, and it feels like you’ve had a break through in therapy. You’ve finally found the one, the be all and end all of all bands out there. Then the rumours begin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Experts are speculating that a break up is on the horizon and though you know it’s inevitable (anything this incredible has to be too good to be true), you ignore it for the time being because you’re so emotionally invested. Though in the back of your mind you start preparing yourself for the worst. Start to wonder what life would be like without them and how to deal with knowing you won’t get any new material from them. Mostly though, how you’re supposed to go back to hearing Carly Rae Jepsen. Maybe. So you listen to everything of theirs you own, re-visit photos, watch YouTube videos of live performances for the nth time because you just know it’s coming. Then it does: the band announces they’re breaking up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You’re not surprised but it still shocks your system, because it’s actually happening. See when bands break up, they break up with their fans too. You want to be angry, but understanding them as well as you do, you know there was no other option. It’s out of your control and it’s unfair but you just have to accept it. They may resurface in another band, or reunite years later, but you know and they know, it’ll never be the same. That connection was between you, the band and that time in your lives – it can’t be recreated: the relationship just doesn’t exist anymore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Break ups allow you to evaluate, reminisce, think, dwell, analyze. Bands at this level of musicianship, (ie The xx, The National) are tough to lose because they were able to make you feel what you felt in the time you were together. And so they will always remain with you in some way. But the best thing to come of this break up, is not having to accept the Flo Ridas and Maroon 5s of the music industry because you don’t have to. You now know for a fact that there’s more out there, so go find it.

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