This piece was going to be a sort of “friends of the show” piece; artists who I’ve found to be particularly kind and supportive and people who you should listen to as a result of that. The more I think about it though, I’ve decided to talk about exactly what kind of actions bring in the dedicated fans that many of the bands I listen to have.
|Emilie Autumn displays this rather well, as most plague rats can attest|
Favorite Song? Liar
Emilie Autumn's Featured Artist Page
Every artist I’ve talked about on this blog has at least some fans (fun fact, the most popular featured artist so far? The Agonist) but some fans, even in small numbers, come out in force every damn time. Let’s take The Agonist for example, since that piece I’ve said virtually nothing about that band. I still listen to them and enjoy them quite a bit, but they don’t inspire the same kind of passion for me as others have. The reason for this is simple: I haven’t MET them. I’ve seen them play, I agree with many of the views they put out in their music, and they can have me headbanging for hours on end, but I’ve never had a 2 second conversation with any member.
|The Clockwork Dolls, the band of honor.|
Favorite Song? Impartial
The Clockwork Dolls' Featured Artist Page
Conversely, there’s The Clockwork Dolls (that title is making sense right about now, isn’t it?). I will talk about them like it’s my fucking job. Why? Because once you share a blooming onion with someone, you’re friends. That’s just the natural way of the world. Allison Curval (the composer, keyboardist, and resident gamer of The Clockwork Dolls) is an awesome person. That, in and of itself, makes me more likely to recommend CD music.
|Jana Fisher, great artist and super nice person|
Favorite song? To Hell With Greatness
Jana Fisher's Featured Artist Page
Other bands that already are, or will in the coming months become staples here and on the air include Jana Fisher, Brett Gleason, Angelspit, One-Eyed Doll, and Zombie Girl for similar reasons. With the artists you get to meet and interact with you can see the passion and how much work they put into the incredible work they do. That personal level of interaction with fans doesn’t always end with millions of screaming fans, but it does mean that you’ll have fans willing to help you if your van breaks down, lend instruments if something’s off before the show, and fund a kickstarter page with whatever they have.
|Zombie Girl, insanely talented with a kind personality to match|
Favorite Song? Go Zombie
Zombie Girl's Featured Artist Page
As for the fans, if you love a band, join forums and street teams, drag friends to shows, and blast their music in your car. Fans are necessarily part of the experience of music. Plus, its good fun, I’ve made a lot of friends just through mutual enjoyment of a band. So get out there, learn about some new artists, and support passionate, independent music!
|One-Eyed Doll, they're insane in the best possible way (are people supposed to bend like that?)|
Favorite Song? it WAS Mirror Mirror until I started listening to the new album
One-Eyed Doll's Featured Artist Page
To learn more about artists that have had the biggest impression on me, the blog, and/or the show check out:
Oh, and SPEAKING of One-Eyed Doll. They just released their newest album "Dirty" which is available on their website, and they also made a music video for their new song, Envy. This is not a band to be missed!