Our society is blinded by celebrity. We adore major artists who sell out stadiums and win awards and who are loved by many. We want to gush over an artist with other fans and we discuss their lives and lovers and dogs like there is no tomorrow.
But we forget that it is not necessarily about the artist. Or it shouldn’t be. I prefer to follow an artist because I enjoy their music. Because their lyrics touch me and their concerts take me to another place. Partly the personality of an artist is important in liking them, but the music is always the main reason for me to follow an artist.
In our Celebrity-obsessed culture, we sometimes tend to forget that there are more artists around than the big ones who dominate our twitter feeds every day. There are plenty of singers and bands out there who play gigs to a handful of people, in the hope of getting their music heard. It is not about fame and fortune. It is just about touching another soul with the music they’ve worked so hard on. But most likely most of us won’t ever hear it because we are looking up at the pedestals and the artists on top of those.
And that is sad. Because these artists want to perform more than anything, but they can’t tour unless they get funds to do so. They don’t have a massive record label supporting them. They have to do it all on their own. Ask people to help them get gigs. Ask people for a place to stay. Ask people to please donate money. Every quarter helps. And even though at times they will play in front of three people, they do it because it makes them happy. They keep doing it because they want their songs to be heard. And they need help from music lovers like you and me to get their music out there.
I had a singer and her band stay over at my place last week. They played a gig in my city and I happily wanted to help them out by offering a roof above their head, drinks and food. They were very grateful and I was happy that I could help them out. It is great to interact with people who have such a passion for music and who believe in what they are doing. Many of these smaller artists are infinitely more talented than the big players in the game. They just need an audience. They just need your support.
Here’s a video from last week’s gig:
So I’m asking you, if you have a bit of money to spare, donate it to an Indie artist you like via funding sites like Kickstarter or Pledgemusic. If you have time to spare, go down to a local cafe where a band you never heard of is playing. Who knows, maybe you will discover amazing music you otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Give money to a busker on the street. Appreciate art and effort. The artists will thank you.