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

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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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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