The Leak Debate

The question on many Taylor Swift fan’s lips at the moment is weather or not to listen to her new album 1989 which has leaked on the internet following its early release in Europe. Due out in one day, the difference between having the album now or tomorrow doesn’t seem to make a big difference. For Swift fans however, it has cause a massive divide

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One one side of the debate are those who take the news of the leak with glee.

” Well, to all the anti-leak people… If I wasn’t a 100% sure  I would  buy the album on Monday, now that I have listened to it I am a 200% sure i’m going to get my copy! It’s AMAZING!”

commented one of the down loaders.  Indeed if you scoured the internet throughout the past week, along with the usual excitement that is aroused any time Swift releases a song, there was also a high level of concern about the sound of this latest album which claimed to be ‘ 80’s inspired pop.’

the pre-release of the boppy ‘ Welcome to New York’ sparked fears that this new sound was void of the traditional emotion charged lyrics that won swift fans world wide.

Others have been angrily reporting any leak sites to Taylor Nation, who are in lock down mode as the deadline to the album release trickles from days into hours. On this side of the debate fans claim that it is disrespectful to listen to the music before the artist intended and that they need to wait and buy the album like everyone else.

Both sides have a point, however swift fans are notorious for putting their money on swift, with over a million copies expected to be sold in the first week of the album’s release.

Taylor has been teasing fans with lyrics from each track on Instagram, showing off her lyrical ability, that of a mastermind.

Time magazine are one of few who have previously heard the album, predicting big things for track number 10, I Know Places which  they claim as a ‘ sonic masterpiece’.

The debate will rage on into the hours until the 27th arrives and the album will predictably hit number one world wide.

Snoop Dogg is acting like the little b*tch he named himself after. [IGGY AZALEA]

You have probably heard about the feud between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg. If you haven’t then you might as well have been living under a rock because it is the biggest news in the  music and social media world … Continue reading

Seasoned Songs

Last year when I was  on exchange in Flagstaff Arizona, around this time of the year, it was starting to get very cold on the mountain top. As I marveled over the fact that Halloween was drawing close and carving out pumpkins. I also noticed how relevant all the hits on the radio were for the season. It was all about the ‘ sweater weather’ vibe.

As Christmas drew nearer, i found it so cool listening to my Christmas playlist and having actual snow and warm fires to sit by. My American friends  couldn’t quite comprehend how we Australians not only had an Australian summer over Christmas, but also listened to songs such as ‘ Walking in a Winter Wonderland.’

‘ Isn’t that weird?’

As Australians, we grow up with a lot of music that is disconnected from our current lives, yet still seems to fit in perfectly. Calvin Harris’ hit  ‘ Summer’ came out just before winter, as did numerous  other hits. it made me wonder, do we therefore just have the same hits at the top of the charts for a longer amount of time?

I am sure that some of the hits on now have currently been up there for quite some time. I also noticed that when Christmas songs play in Australia, as soon as new years hits, they’re gone. We live by a rule that as of the first of december, christmas music is allowed for one month. As soon as that month is up, it’s straight back to the summer playlists. If we played it from October till February like America does, then we would end up with a very strange mix of songs.

Down in Aus it’s all about the beach, the  fast hits and the lazy afternoons by the pool, rather than by the fireside. I wonder if more kids in Australia stop believing in Santa at an earlier age because they know that the songs of Santa coming down the Chimney on a cold night and wearing a velvet red suit would be far too hot. Besides, most of the houses in Australia don’t have Chimney’s. It just doesn’t get cold enough.

Funnily enough, the most connected to home i felt throughout December was when I was in Phoenix and songs about christmas’ in California came on. It was almost like having it actually snow during December was too real! the point of this, is that people can connect to songs in different and unique way since we also listen to music in unique ways.

So, when you are considering how people listen to music, remember that music is as diverse as people,

and even though it’s 36 degrees outside, sometimes i want  to listen to winter wonderland.

#StopMusicElitism

Why is Music Elitism a social issue?

You’ve probably heard the saying that ‘ big things come in small packages’,

This much is true about stopping music elitism. Whilst for some, the idea of taking the effort to appreciate more music seems trivial, it is in fact another t-word. Stopping Music Elitism is a trigger.

A trigger?  Well, if we humans of society can see it within ourselves to be kinder about a subject such as musical taste, we can realise how easy it is to take up that approach when it comes to respecting and questioning all aspects of society that cause disdain, hatred and war such as religion and politics.

When we realise that being nice isn’t actually that hard to achieve and that by setting little goals such as stopping music elitism, we can create a big change in society as a whole, our tolerance of other people, no matter what creed.

So why wouldn’t I just create a ‘ be kind to others’ campaign?

Well the truth in the matter is that being kind as a social campaign can become complacent pretty quickly. If I say please and thank you, I am being kind. If I help an old lady carry her bag off the bus then I am being kind and these are all fantastic actions, but they are also physical acts of kindness. It is much harder to change the thinking in your brain than it is the direction of your feet.

Now, this does not discredit the physical acts of kindness, they are absolutely fantastic! I just couldn’t seem to connect with them on a deep enough level. I have not struggled with having to be kind, It was how I was brought up.

I do however, struggle not to judge peoples music. I usually like a bit of music from every genre and I don’t have a hatred for any genre, but I do still catch myself thinking negatively about music. Just today I was watching the top 40 countdown and a song that came on seemed to rub me the wrong way, i couldn’t connect to the message and the music really frustrated my senses. I thought ‘ What a horrible song.’ before i stopped myself. This song was number 29 on the charts. So not only did that mean it was popular enough to be a success, but that it must have brought enough joy for them to pay for the music on itunes. I realized that I had broken my rule on appreciating music, which is to not judge music until the third time you listen to it.

It is because of my own thoughts and feelings that I created Stop Music Elitism. Because I used to be that teenage girl who loved Taylor Swift but sneered at people who liked Justin Bieber. Admittedly, it was more due to the fact that he 5 days older than me and I felt way more mature than him, but I was the bully, even though I never said anything out loud.

Recently, I have been letting my sister immerse me into the world of One Direction. I have always enjoyed their singles but never really gave them the time of day past that since they seemed to be more geared towards teenage girls, even though again, every single one of them was older than me.

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Even 5SOS is now being appreciated. This whole boy band thing is on a role in my opinion, Amnesia anyone? Such a great one to blast out in the car.

So why did I choose Stopping Music Elitism as a social campaign?

Mahatma Ghandi once said to ‘ Be the change you want to see in the world.’

and I am making that change, however small it may seem.

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

Being a Fan, you need to learn R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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As a fan of music, I try my best to be respectful of others music choices. Afterall, that is what Stop Music Elitism is all about. However stopping Music Elitism isn’t just about appreciating the different tastes of music. It is also about respecting your fellow fans and of course, the artist.

Isn’t that kind of obvious? Well westernized humans have been raised to think selfishly. Everything is ‘my house, my family, my job, my favourite artist, my place in the line.’ It’s survival of the fittest, and apparently it applies to how we act towards each other in general.

The other day I bought my tickets to Ed Sheeran’s next album tour. I am extremely excited to see him, but also quite uneasy about our tickets. It’s not because tickets these days are extremely expensive, it’s not that I got bad seats, it is that I got the standing area. Those are supposed to be some of the best tickets at the concert right? I have the chance to get right up close and personal with Ed, but that is exactly what the other few hundred people with standing tickets think and last time, that became a huge problem.

Now as a person i veer towards the short side, so I like to head towards the front of the stage,because I want to be able to see it. At Ed’s last concert everyone seemed to have the same idea, but instead of politely accepting their place in the crowd after the initial rush there were ridiculous amounts of pushing forwards and backwards from the fans. I got separated from my siblings and felt like I was being crushed alive at some points of the night. It got so intense that they had to send in a group of security to physically force people back, acting like a barrier. So intense that Gabrielle Aplin had to stop her opening act to tell people to calm down.

Is that not ridiculous?  I am not someone to hate on other fans, I never look down on those who jump on the bandwagon later then others, and I am always appreciative when an artist becomes more popular because that means there is more chances of getting some awesome new music. However, at that moment, I hated the other fans. I hated the girl who yelled out ‘ I LOVE YOU’ to Ed when he had asked repeatedly for silence. I hated the people who were squashing my alive. I hated that they didn’t  show any respect for eachother, I hated that they didn’t show any respect for the performers.

So this is just a reminder that your love for an artist does not hold more value than somebody else.

Your love for an artist does not give you the right to mistreat others in the crowd and it definitely does not give you the right to disrespect the artist themselves.

So in wake of these concerts this is my reminder.

we are all here for the same reason so treat each other right.

Stopping Music Elitism includes showing a bit more R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Are You A Music Elitist?

10 Signs you’re a Music Elitist.

1. You refused to listen to Justin Bieber because you don’t want to be ‘ that person’

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2. You Judge peoples music choice. If they don’t know every song on the album they’re not a real fan.

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3. You feel the need to explain classical music memes to your friends ‘ just in case’ they don’t get it.

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4. You assure people that music sounds 1000 times better on Vinyl. But Dr Dre Beats will have to do for when you’re not at home

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5. you refuse to agree to today’s definition of music.

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6. You hate everything on the radio.

7. You complain about music at a party.

8. You believe you were born in the wrong time.

9. You sincerely believe that if someone has a bad taste in music. They should be made to feel like shit about it at every opportunity.

10. You were nodding throughout this whole post and still don’t feel like you’re a bad person.

If you agreed with most of these posts, congratulations you’re a music elitist! You think your music taste is better than everyone elses and thinks that they should know it, despite any effect it might have on their self esteem, confidence or trust in you as a person.

You need to stop.

#StopMusicElitism

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.- Washington Irving

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One day, when I was about 15 years old. I caught up with one of my great friends who I don’t get to see often enough.  Maddie brought a smile on everyone’s faces and was just one of those people who loved life. Hanging out with her was always so much fun. She’ s up for anything, swimming, the theatre the lot.

One day I discovered that Maddie had been keeping a secret from me and other friends. The funny thing was that when I found out what it was, I couldn’t possibly understand why it seemed to be a problem.

You see, Maddie loved Metal music Super intense, super powerful metal music. This girl with long blonde hair  who bounced along as opposed to walked loved something that seemed to hold so much angst.

I thought it was awesome. How cool to have a fact about you that was unique. My musical interest was quite unexplored and closed of in comparison.

Perhaps, it operated as her outlet, allowing any anguish or anxiety to wash through her with the smashing of the drums. Perhaps she found joy through the crescendos that built up in the songs.

All I know is that it inspired me to look at two things, music taste, and what others think of it. I was motivated further beyond the top 40 countdown which always has a multitude of songs that stir the emotions inside of me from joy to despair.

Music Moves me.

From  Yiruma’s classical ‘ River flow in you’ piano piece,  that I used as a lullaby when I was 14 and ridiculously obsessed with twilight. From my 80’s, 90’s and naughties karaoke classics to the beautiful melodies of Mr Ed Sheeran bearing his soul through his music. I am still constantly discovering new music, genres and artist that move me.

So of course when Maddie told me about her favourite music and how it was unusual. I realised she was scared of not just being different but of others acting musically elite and destroying a part of what she loves.

my first thought was

‘ How can something that brings us so much joy, that connects us so absolutely to our emotions, be so easily dismissed as crap? How can people try so hard to bring others down about  one of the only things in this world that works to build us up?’

Maddie is now building a career for herself in radio, and embraces her musical tastes as a love that she is most definitely allowed to have. She taught me something that everyone needs to learn

If you want people to be the best version of themselves, and not just a second-rate version of someone else, then you need to

accept the parts about them that makes them unique. They need to be comfortable accepting themselves and it’s moments like those, where I noticed someone was afraid to turn up the music due to others that inspired me to rise above the minds that are subdued by misfortune, hate and insecurity and start

#STOPMUSICELITISM.

because we need to

Turn up the music and turn down the hate.

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..