“With an equally emotional and electrifying style of rock & roll, Jamie Clarke, best known by his stagename Myrle, is quickly blazing his path to the top.”
The votes are in! Katie Garibaldi won The Deli Magazine for San Francisco Artist of the Month for September. We couldn’t be more excited and proud of her!
Katie Garibaldi wrote a piece for Music Industry News that gives the five essentials for being an artist on tour. It always helps to learn from people who have first hand experience. Read all about it here!
Our very own Angela has written a piece for Sonicbids about how to throw an epic album release show. The six elements that she has leaked into the world can help musicians come out strong with their new material. Check out what she has to say here!
If you have been anywhere close to the internet recently, you have heard about the Grammys. Our very own Katie Garibaldi has written a guest piece for Haulix about the Grammys, the Recording Academy, and her own experiences. She has even exposed the little known fact that local artists can get involved with the Recording Academy. Read more here.
The New Orleans culture is filled with things that cannot be found anywhere else. The food is delectable, the people are friendly, and the music is full. If you ask people about what living in New Orleans is about, three common themes come up; food, art, and music. Walking down any chosen street it’s common to hear street performers playing, artists creating, and smell restaurants and cafes serving classic jambalaya or beignets. There is something about the energy in that city. It’s in the air, helping the culture thrive even after unthinkable devastation and destruction.
While talking to different street performers, there was a common theme. Everyone who I talked to agreed that music has helped the city become whole again. It was a distraction, a way to vent, a way to get their feelings out in a creative way after all that has happened in Louisiana. It’s a constant in New Orleans, always has been and always will be. Jazz was born there after all, and that is something that is celebrated every single day throughout the area.
The funny thing about music in New Orleans is that it is always being played. I don’t think that during the weeks I have spent there that there have been times when I am outside and do not hear a trumpet or a trombone singing around me. These people who are performing can be just some kids who have played for a few years, or there can be very accomplished musicians just wanting to casually jam on the streets. It doesn’t matter in New Orleans, any music is appreciated and noticed. The instruments are usually played in a classic jazz style, creating an atmosphere that embraces the unbreakable culture that New Orleans possesses.
One person I spoke to really made an impact. It was a man playing the trumpet on one of the main streets in the French Quarter. After asking to speak with him for a few minutes, he shooed us away but then had someone come and fetch us a few moments later. He said that he had to play a song but was ready to talk now. He told us stories of those he has connected with, including people affiliated with jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong. He just wanted to talk and talk, and when the conversation naturally concluded, he offered to play us a song. He sang “Summertime,” in between trumpet solos.
This trumpet player is a prime example of the southern hospitality habits. This man didn’t have to talk to us, and he sure as hell didn’t have to play for us. Music is meant to be shared, and that’s something that needs to be remembered by everyone. Music is a healing mechanism, an escape for many. It’s starting to become something else, more of a materialistic product. Everyone must take some time and think back. Think back about what Lennon wanted, what Sinatra wanted, what Beethoven wanted…They wanted the music to be heard, the messages to be sent out in a peaceful manner, they wanted to inspire the masses to do no wrong. Just like Ella and Louis said, “One of these mornin’s yo gonna rise up singin’, You gonna spread your little wings and you’ll take to the sky…”
These days feminism is a hot topic. You cannot bat an eyelash without hearing someone talk about the inequalities of women, and what is wrong with American society. And if you are looking for proof that women, especially in the music industry, are still not being taken as seriously as they should be, just take Beyoncé Knowles‘ MTV Video Music Awards Video Vanguard performance this year. The medley was incredible, but were people focused on that? Of course not. They were instead fixated on her outfit and her body, not what she was standing for. And she isn’t alone. Other women, such as Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, and Gwen Stefani, are incredibly talented women who are constructed in media in an over-sexualized way, causing people to think that women are just objects to look at.
Take Miley Cyrus. Her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance was considered grotesque by some, and many others said it was degrading to women. The performance and Miley herself were both objectifying women with the help of a foam finger. Miley could potentially get some credit for expressing herself and not caring about what people say about her, though. That is something that all people, regardless of their gender, should work on.
On the other hand, some female artists are using their talents to help women’s images and, for lack of a better word, cliches. In Beyoncé’s song, “Flawless,” she talks about how important the equality of the sexes are with the help of Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In the song, Adichie says, “Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” Beyoncé and Adichie hit the nail on the head with that one, seeing as that is the common goal of many feminists. Positive expression without any degrading actions or words is the best way to use musical talent.
Women should be able to express themselves in any way that they want to though, just like men do. Did you think about the feedback Robin Thicke got from his joint performance with Miley on the VMAs? He was a married man at that time, acting just as inappropriate as Cyrus, and yet he got maybe a quarter of the negative feedback that she did. That was something that should have been talked about in the media, the fact that the feedback was sexist and one sided, not about how much Cyrus’s butt looks like a raw turkey.
Musicians have a certain power through their work. They can express their thoughts and opinions through their songs, which is a complete blessing. Many artists recognize this and understand the great power they possess and work with it, sending messages and expressing themselves in the best way possible. But the fact that some artists create images of themselves that are not as respectable creates controversy in media, which is exactly what society wants. Even though there are arguments and opinions in society about the bad that women are doing in the limelight, it is what fuels the discussion and the pop culture industry as a whole. So we have Beyoncé on one hand and Miley Cyrus on the other, but the two overly successful women are portrayed in media very differently. Each person has the right to express themselves in any way, but unfortunately society and media interprets things in the most extreme ways.