The featured question from today’s FAQ Friday is this:
Is there something known as being “too perfect”? I personally find that music that sounds flawless is a big turn off. I’m not interested in songs that sound fake. Classic artists like Neil Young, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, etc. have a certain natural rawness in their songs which I find intriguing. What is your take?
This is a massive question! I think it is very easy to buy into a stereotypical idea that everything at a certain period of time was amazing, and now everything isn’t. I love all though classic artists like Tom Petty, Queen, Pink Floyd, and so many more that were releasing absolutely incredible records throughout the 70s and 80s. But, there are also plenty of artists that are releasing great records now that break the mold in the same way those artists did all those years ago. One example of this is Lorde, and how her track “Royals” blew up. That song make the impact it did because it was so different from everything else that was out at the time. So, I think this argument is not as easy as saying one period of time is better than another.
Even if your song is recorded “perfectly”, you can make a record that is truly great and stands the test of time. Albums from Queen, for example, that came out many years ago sound fairly modern and were recorded really well, have stood the test of time because the song itself and the performance were incredible as well. It comes down to being passionate about making music and putting effort into creating a really great song.
It is really up to us to challenge artists and inspire them to make something great. So get amazing artists together, have a great performance with real instruments (it is the slight variations in organic instruments that will give your performance that extra feeling you are looking for!) and record the song really well, and you can make something really great!
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