Ranking Ted wrote:I don’t really see anything wrong with what she’s saying. Effectively the airwaves are open to the rest of the stage school, Brit Academy, trust fund types, so it’s really just a token effort. You used to read a lot about bands being formed by lads who had literally nothing else to do, on giros, teaching themselves how to play and forming something odd and unique and vital - virtually the whole lineage of British guitar and electronic music up to the 90s excepting the public school prog bores. Those kids are being put into McJobs to keep unemployment figures low and the pathway to being signed as a new act is now all about those finishing schools and talent shows and focus groups. Every new act can “play” and “sing”and it’s all so horrendously homogenised and boring. You have to say, British music is more or less over.
Not just British music. I think this is true for lots of American pop too. I think some good indie artists can still be found in hip-hop because the popularity of mixtapes, except now they're on soundcloud.