Ramifications, repercussions and results to "Why do people in common ignore bands from their own country?"
André here, the friend ray spoke about on the Topic "Why do people in common ignore bands from their own country?"
I was writing a comment to that post and thinking more thoroughly about this issue.
Since it got a little big, I hope you don't mind me posting this as a "new separated" topic/post.
Also, a hooray for my very 1st post in a blog... :D
Let's get to the point already, arca!!!
How much the age of information we live in has collaborated to make this situation even worse???
The access to new music is easier, so why most still keep a close mind??? Our modern tools (Internet and the high speed, file sharing, digital files), IMO, are being used way wrongly by the masses!!!
One example of what I'm saying: on that same community, where I argued with the ungrateful, someone came and asked if anyone could upload the whole Deventter's album (Deventter, if you don't know, is a Brazilian prog-rock/metal band which became a little more known due to the fact that they were going to open for DT the last time they played here [begin of March] and it was in that time that the guy asked for the album). Of course, someone did the upload of the mp3 files of the whole album. What I'm trying to say is, WTH??? If you don't support your local bands, how can you expect them to grow, mature and make some really kickass music??? And the album isn't very expensive. US$ 10 for an album is quite the reasonable price, IMO. Damn, the guys, all quite young as usual, did all by themselves.
The excuse of "knowing the band before to buy it later" doesn't work, since nearly all bands on todays age put some mp3 files on the website or on TheirSpace.
The prog scene here is on the early stages... it's beginning to grow in number of bands. With no support from the so called fans of the style, it will soon stop. You can see that with bands that release only one cd (two at tops) and then vanishes... bands like Khallice, Sigma 5 (which sings in Portuguese, another factor for the Brazilians to dislike it), Akashic, Sleepwalker Sun. Then, what will happen is that the music will remain as a hobby for these guys, they will remain independent and will keep sounding as "amateurs". Other bands just change their style. Add more straight forward metal.
(a little different from the prog-rock scene here, which is already quite old [a little too old IMVHO... some very close minded guys there]. Even tho most prog-rockers appreciate the local bands, it's still a very close and small circle).
Other lame excuse is "I don't want to give the record label money, since they don't do a thing". Hell, if you don't also support the local and very small record label, how can they contract more artists, bring new foreign bands to the catalog?? How will it grow and make the prog a more known thing?
Like I said, here the prog scene is very small and underground. Only the really big shot bands like DT get their albums released nationally, mostly through the general metal oriented labels. Most of the albums are imported, and you know how much costs to import an album. One thing that make the labels doesn't want to release new things here is that "Who will buy it??? If even the local bands don't get a decent sale, how will the outside do??? I'm not in this to lose money, I'm not a philanthropist".
The 2 only prog specialized labels are very small and are constantly struggling to keep the business open, releasing only 2 or 3 albums (from local bands) a year. It's very expensive to release the albums, make the art, do the pressing, the promotion (and to who will be promoted???).
Most of the bands are independent and do all the jobs by themselves. It's a very costly process. A lot of bands have good ideas, but the production nearly always lack something.
The local bands struggle so much to make something, but nearly no one cares about it. But if Mike Portnoy shits on the stage, nearly everyone claps and bow to him...
Damn, if the price of the cds from foreign bands (imported or not) is so high, why not look for other substitute ways to appreciate music? Aside from discovering new interesting things on you local bands, you also support the whole scene to get better.
The same guys that keep asking for the mp3 of the albums all the time are the same ones that complain about the very few shows we get, the very abusive price of a concert ticket (usually around US$80), the very few releases from foreign bands, the lack of variety...
It's like Redemption says on the song Fullness of TIme - Part IV: Transcendence:
"I've been spending my whole life pursuing those who built this cell
Lamenting all the hateful things that happened to me
Never thought to look at how I might have played a part in who I am"
(it's in a different context, but fits)
Tho, most haven't realized this yet. They don't note how they have contributed to the crap shit stage things are right now and are going to.
No one is obligated to buy/love everything that's released, but to say that ALL the bands are crap, terrible, that the bands only cares for technic (they probably haven't heard much of math/tech metal)??? Doesn't make sense. To not be unfair, the "leader of the rather 'against local bands' movement" named the only band that he thinks it's truly unique, great and all. The band is Akashic, which I agree that it's a quite good band indeed, but ain't my fave from Brazil (also, I don't think there's THE MOST BEST band from Brazil).
They keep only searching for a new DT and keep only seeing flaws on the local bands. When a local band shows a sound similar to DT, they are just copycats who doesn't have any creativity. But when it's a band from outside (like, lets say, Circus Maximus), the band is great, the best thing that came up on the recent years.
I bet with any one that if DT was a local Brazilian band, during the time of release of WDADU, most would say the same thing: "bunch of showoffs only! Where is the melody??? the passion??? the feeling??? you suck!!!" (which I believe some actually said to the real DT when they released WDADU.
I really don't understand and can't find a logical explanation to this.
my personal conclusions:
1 - I'm realizing that I may be "preaching" for the wrong crowd here, since our regular posters/authors and log members have the consciousness about this. I really didn't want this to sound like a preach... just wanted to expose my thoughts about it.
2 - Excuse me if this took a rather rant tone. I just get quite pissed off by such attitude of ungratefulness!
3 - Even tho it may seem that I'm ranting against DT, I have nothing against them! It's just that they are the most commented on the community and seems to (still) be the parameter to decide what's good and wat isn't. I even had another example of a local band, but since it involved DT, I decided to not put it, since some may claim that I'm starting a persecution against them. Will only say that involves Freakeys and LTE.
4 - I'm not a saint, I'm not perfect, actually far from it! I have my flaws and am guilty of sometimes not paying attention to some unknown bands. But in the end, I try to do my part the best way I can.
5 - Why this "not appreciating the music of your local bands" happen? Dunno! Jealously??? Envy??? The lost of a strong connection with your home country???
6 - Not all the Brazilian guys on that community think like that, only the majority of around 80%....