Reading over at It's All Grey today put my brain wheels turning. Something had to help spark those brain cells I must have killed this weekend. Anyway, the discussion this morning concerned musical genre and name choice, specifically Taylor Hicks' musical genre name selection to define his sound, self-titled, "Modern Whomp".
I located this site I'm kindly providing a link to which was created by the intelligent folks at Loyola U. This may present and provide a hint at the answer on Taylor Hicks' selection of genre moniker and perhaps The Why of what made the man feel he needed to define himself in a whole new genre rather than stick the tried and trues out there in today's market.
If you're a modern musician, you're probably all too familiar with one of the toughest challenges facing today's aspiring artists. That's right, I'm talking about choosing a musical genre. If you don't select the correct pigeonhole in which to voluntarily confine yourself, how will the record stores know where to stock your album? How will the kids know whether they're supposed to like you? Decisions, decisions.
Well, I'll tell you what you can do. You can get around this quandary by the same method hundreds of other bands have: you can invent your own genre. And with today's technology, it's a snap! Simply click the link below, and a sophisticated computer program will provide you with a custom-designed genre name, ready to be plastered all over your web site, or mentioned casually in conversation! Watch out, though -- there's no guarantee that some other poseur hasn't gotten to it first!
Just click "here" and you'll be on your way to exciting interesting new names for genres not yet taken - hopefully. "HERE"
Thing is, record stores already have pre-printed signing up delegating the what and where of the genres. Next part, you have to convince them to print up one just for your particular niche in the market to hang up on the wall.
Well you know signs can be overrated, labels not always appreciated, so who knows, perhaps Mr. Hicks stepping out from under the already printed labels and signs might work out to be a good thing.
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