Nickelback, watch your back.

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In a moment of sporadic motivation, Craig Mandell created a Kickstarter campaign to try and convince Nickelback to stay away from his London town.
Inspired by other Kickstarter campaigns, particularly one encouraging the Foo Fighters to add a previously unscheduled concert in Virginia,  Mandell decided  that for every dollar donated, he would send an email to Nickelback.  If you donate at the 50 dollar mark, Mandell will attach an MP3 of Nickelbacks music therefore, “the band will hear their own music, and likely retire immediately, thereby ensuring the success of our campaign.”
“Just imagine, thousands – perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers – all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London,” wrote Mandell. “It will be glorious.”

Mandell states on the page that the campaign is not for his own profit. “All proceeds will go to charity,” the site says. “Or perhaps therapy for those who’ve been affected by the band.”

Originally posted on Time.com, the story has made national headlines. Whether people agree with Mandell, or just think it is a hilarious joke,  the project is an extreme case of music elitism.

Whilst I was fact checking, I found the campaign hosted on  Tilt, not Kickstarter. I was also amazed to find that 171 dollars had been donated from 34 backers. Seven of these people chose the ten dollar option of sending an explicit email to Nickelback.

Now, I don’t know if their music is to your taste, or if you’ve really listened to their album at all. Many people jump on the Nickelback hate bandwagon without a fair trial, but none of this matters. I don’t care if you think their music is worse than the scum of the ant you squashed on the side walk today.

This so called social campaign is BULLYING. People, it is national bullying month and one of our top news stories is about a man who is collecting money from people  to harass  a band. Mandell is publishing the fact that he is bullying the band. You can get arrested, fined and dragged to court over these issues and he is parading that fact around the internet.

 

Think about what you’re doing and sharing before you come to a conclusion. Whilst the emails probably won’t even get to the band members themselves, the news of what he was trying to do certainly will. We often ask what drives celebrities to depression, alcoholism and drug problems, at what could make them so stupid.

Have you stopped to think, even for a second,

that the reason could be us?

Be mindful of  others and think before you act. Turn down the hate.

#STOPMUSICELITISM

Musical Elitism Is Real

The other day we had a submission from one of our followers, Sean Johnston on his experience of music elitism. Musical Elitism is prevalent in today’s society and in a society where music is one of the only pure forms of release for a person stories like Sean’s show it is important to respect all musical choices even if it isn’t one you would make yourself.

My first ever Cd I owned was Savage Garden. I was clearly destined for greatness. I played it on my nifty second hand walkman my brother handed down to me. Little did I know that the great feeling I got from my beats and tunes would later be met by an overpowering hatred an alienation from my peers… Just because my music wasn’t the preferred taste of the majority I wasn’t allowed to ride shotgun in my “mates car”… I felt inadequate as a person. One day I realised, all music is beautiful. Music is a concoction of sounds, its a primitive thing to enjoy as it is but if one person likes that concoction of sounds well then it is music, beautiful music.

#StopMusicElitism

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Five Steps To Appreciating All Music

Many of us like to stay in the familiar bubble of music choices.
Perhaps we would like more music if we took the time to listen to it. perhaps
we would figure out why we don’t like it, but understand why others would.
Either way,

Just follow these five steps!

 

 

 

1. Ask a friend what the most obscure song they have in their musical collection and listen to it.

 

2. Get lost in Youtube. Have you ever found yourself watching a Youtube video hours after you said you would just watch one and ended up deep in the depths of Youtube you didn’t even know existed?  Try and use this  technique to find new music. You’d be amazed at range of talented musicians you can find making music you never knew existed.

3. Go to Band Night! Did you know that UNSW has bands and DJ’s play on Wednesday nights? Did you know that these bands are awesome? From Rock to Jazz there are all kinds of music to discover! Grab some friends and have a drink taking in the sweet sound of music.

4. Download the free songs from Itunes! Itunes often has a song from a new band in their collection that you can download for free. It might not be your normal taste, but it doesn’t hurt to try it out. Besides, everything is better when it’s free.

5. Don’t Criticize a song the first time you listen to it. How many times have you listened to the album of a favourite artist and told someone that a particular song you now love simply ‘ snuck up on you’?  Let the music wash over you and don’t judge it until at least the third time you listen to it..

 

We Need To Stop

Think for a moment…
when was the last time you refused to put your music on in the car for fear that your friends would groan in annoyance?

When was the last time you told someone you absolutely hated an artist or that they sucked?

How many times have you heard people hating on popular music, rap, Hip Hop, Country, Indie?

The Answer?
TOO MANY TIMES.

We live in an age where we have more music than ever available for our listening, on the charts, on Youtube, in the pub scene the possibilities for hearing and sharing new sounds are almost endless!

And yet, there have been too many times where I have found myself apologizing for my song choices to others.
I’m sure you have too.

Tastes will always be different and varied, but surely we can appreciate music for the joy it was made to bring us.

Join the movement to #STOPMUSICELITISM

Share what you love and love what you share.

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