JERK STATUS: a few reasons why bands shouldn’t be dicks and how to avoid being one

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As a huge fangirl, I find music to be a celebration, cathartic, and something that brings people together. In fact. there is nothing I like more then seeing one of my favorite bands in person, and meeting a new friend who LOVES the band almost as much as I do.

However, with having a band I love so much, there is just one thing that I find disappointing more then anything: finding out that, either the band as a whole, or someone in the band is an utter asshole.

Is this necessary?

To some bands, the answer is YES! Sometimes being a cunt is a part of the lifelong performance that musicians often find themselves involved in. And for the same reasons that you stay in an abusive relationship, you might love a band that treats you subhuman. While I can’t explain the asshattery here, I can give some tips on how to avoid being a jerk and why you should. Starting with this…

1. The music industry, especially certain scenes, are smaller then you think. Once word gets around about your jerk status, people may not wanna work with you, thus hurting your chances of booking that MAJOR tour, label, or whatever. No one wants to be responsible for a liability. Be humble and nice. Always.

2. You can be a dick on stage, but share your fucking weed with us afterwards. We get it, you gotta be cool when you’re up there. I can forgive your stage antics but only if its balanced out by your humane attitude in real life. Play your set with your back to the crowd? Sure. Pretend like we aren’t there? If Built to Spill did it, so can you. Spit blood and vomit at us, I’m super down. But please, let me hit your blunt afterwards.

3. Make sure you always check out other bands on the same bill as you. Nothing screams “entitled asshole” then not supporting other bands/acts you play with. Unless you are loading out during their set, you should make an EFFORT to see who else is coming up around the same time as you.

4. Lastly, DO NOT I repeat, DO NOT TREAT YOUR FANS BADLY!!! This should be a given, but I have heard HORROR stories about bands that are semi huge, acting like total dicks to their fans. Like going so far as to yell at them. Your fans help to make you, support you and basically, give you free press. Treat them well, and treat them as humans. End of story.

@kammie1217

Expectations exceeded my own expectations

artworks-000080095789-1o8m25-t500x500‘Expectations’ by Brika   (Miami, Florida)

To be honest, this track is far different from what I typically listen to, but that doesn’t mean I’d never give it a chance…and I’m glad that I did. Brika’s mellifluous voice  paired with Julio Reyes Copello’s production and sick beatz (z’s make everything cooler, right? Am I cool yet?) creates something that sounds like nothing I’ve never really heard before and that’s a good thing. Seriously though, Brika’s voice is one that many in the industry would kill for, I mean just listen to it. @caaarlirose

Wonderful Humans makes me want to take an awesome roadtrip

wh‘Edge of the Night’ by Wonderful Humans   (New York, New York)

Edge of the Night’ from Wonderful Humans is one of those songs that reeks of summertime happiness. From the lead singer’s beautiful, and clean vocals to the synth pop mixed throughout the song, it’s a gem that makes me want to  hop in a car with good friends, drive somewhere new, and do a happy dance. Screw whose watching! Live life like a boss. @kammie1217

Onfim most definitely goes to war, with something

artworks-000077592751-y8njv9-t500x500Onfim Goes to War by Livewires   (New Jersey)

One dude named Brian. One dude named Chris. One dude named Mike. One dude names Tom. That’s pretty much all Livewires needs to be fantastical (which is actually a word according to my spell check, who knew, not me) no that’s not the word, badass is the word, sorry. Sometimes guitars are just guitars. Sometimes, though, they are stallions charging down a mountain side ready to unleash all sorts of chaotic fury up on this world. That’s how I feel about tracks like ‘Young Prayer’. That’s how I feel about one of my new favorite bands, Livewires. I wana say this is almost like if JET was a good band, but that’s giving JET way too much credit. @Dingusonmusic

Pop-Leech is the soundtrack to a rad summer

a3213866818_10Pop-Leech by Mike Simmons   (Seattle, Washington)

Mike Simmons’ Pop-Leech is something you would listen to while driving around on a hot summer’s day with the windows rolled down. It may be a short 21 minutes long but it certainly packs a punch with its hard-hitting 90′s rock feel that might just send you back to your rebellious teenage years. With songs like ‘Waterbug’ and ‘I’m Not There’, Pop-Leech is almost the exact opposite of his album Pill Head, which is more chill yet equally as awesome. So, Pop-Leech is like Pill Head’s cooler, older brother that likes to throw down at shows rather than standing to the side. I dig it. @caaarlirose

Grandma loves Jabril Power

artworks-000086453173-431iz7-t500x500‘Faith’ by Jabril Power   (United States)

I’ve been getting a lot of the hipidy hopidy lately in my submissions inbox. It’s pretty chill bruh. Granted, my grandma would never “understand” tracks like these, I do (I think). And while my grandma is pretty much my barometer for “cool” (she’s still a big Flavor of Love fan), sometimes I try to open her mind to new things instead of it being the other way around. Now she’s bumpin ‘Faith’ by Jabril Power while she’s cookin in the kitchen making gun noises as she opens and closes the oven and yellin “what, bitch!” at the top of her lungs (she doesn’t like to use the N word no matter how funny I think it would be if she did). Wait, is this track about Jesus? @Dingusonmusic

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There is another Yung Jake video and it’s great so yes you’d be watching it now

“UNFOLLOW, THAT’S MY FUCKIN HASHTAG”

YUNG JAKE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE RAZORS EDGE WITH HIS VIDEOS AND NOW ‘UNFOLLOW’ IS RIGHT THERE AGAIN BEING ALL HONEST AND SAD AND SHIT. @DINGUSONMUSIC

 

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RZJ goes nuts with Sonic The Hedgehog

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD THE KEYS TO HIS OWN HOME STUDIO; HE GOES HAM AND TURKEY SANDWICH ON SONIC THE HEDGEHOG WHILE PRESUMABLY SNIFFING A TON OF ELMERS GLUE. @DINGUSONMUSIC

 

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Dylan Ewen expresses his own mortal duality on Giving Up

a1849542443_10Giving Up by Dylan Ewen   (Boston, Massachusetts)

Dylan Ewen is everything wrong with our generation rolled up into a person – it’s pretty goddamn awesome. And the video for ‘Fkuu Me’ is pretty goddamn awesome too. No, I don’t really know him well enough to make these judgements, but I’m a dude with a blog, so that qualifies me, I think. Giving Up is a two track that comes with complete duality because while ‘Fkuu Me’ is a party anthem of sorts, ‘I Forgot How to Have Fun’ is a more heartfelt take on mankinds existence, I think. I think. [Free Download@Dingusonmusic

[BOLD thoughtz & RUN onz] on Sharpless: The One I Wanted to Be

“IT’S NOT WHY IT FALLS, BUT THE FACT THAT IT FALLS AT ALL”

IF YOU DARE CALL SHARPLESS POP ROCK YOU’D NOT ONLY BE RIGHT BUT YOU’D BE PAYING “POP ROCK” THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT OF ALL BECAUSE SHARPLESS DOES POP ROCK SO GODDAMN RIGHT AND WELL THAT NOBODY ELSE SHOULD EVEN TRY TO DO IT – THEY REDEEM IT, THEY OWN IT. @DINGUSONMUSIC

 

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