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.

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.

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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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