By Jessica Bailey

 

It’s fucking Friday and I want to bitch about selling out. Specifically, I want to bitch about the kinds of people who think selling out is the worst thing that a band could possibly do. Hey, hi there, how are ya doll face, welcome to life in a capitalistic world. Any band is that is making money off their music should be considered a “sellout” because that’s how it works. Don’t sit there sneering at musicians while you listen to your pirated downloads with an Xbox controller in one hand and your dick in the other. Who are you to act like you’re too fucking good to pay the $5 your friend is requesting on bandcamp so that he can afford to live another day and keep writing songs? That’s not punk rock. It’s lazy and selfish.

If you’re making any sort of profit off your music it is no longer considered free artistic expression. But that’s ridiculous; it’s O-fucking-K because, you know what? Making music professionally takes a lot of time, effort, hard work, talent, and most of all MONEY. That equipment doesn’t buy itself; neither did that recording studio, that van, or even the food that goes into those musicians’ mouths so they have the energy to keep playing. People need money to live. Yeah, it sucks, but get over it.

That’s why you should be supporting artists even more because they’ve given up a lot of their own personal security trying to pursue their dreams and make things that people enjoy. A lot of younger audience members don’t seem to understand the kind of hard word and dedication that goes into being a musician. Musicians and artists are the most under-paid, under-appreciated bunch of folks out there because everyone wants to enjoy the privileges of being entertained by the products of creativity, but very few people want to actually pay for that entertainment.

If you’re going to rip someone off, at least have it be a pop star, because they’re making enough money from advertising endorsements and appearances. That band from Poughkeepsie that travelled two hours to your town to play in the vain hope that they might sell enough CDs to cover their gas mileage? Leave those poor-ass motherfuckers alone. Sure, maybe they got on the bill with a band that doesn’t exactly fit their genre, or they’re hitting everyone up on social media to look at their merch, but that doesn’t make them a sellout. It doesn’t make them anything besides another band trying to make it in this big bad world doing what they love for a living. So as nice as it is to get your ego off on listens and likes, if you really “like” that band throw them a bone every once in a while. Buy their merch and a ticket to their show and don’t act like you’re so much of an “individual” that you can’t possibly financially support the people behind the music that makes life just a little bit more tolerable for us all.

Check out Jessica’s column every fucking Friday.

  • Ashley

    “…while you listen to your pirated downloads with an Xbox controller in one hand and your dick in the other.”
    PERFECT.