Music Opinion 

FREE RADICAL: WHITE BOY BANDS FALL BACK

ted_nugent

Go to band practice. Look around the room. What do you see? Only dudes? Only white dudes? If you answered ‘Yes,’ then your band probably sucks.

Look, I get it. You grew up in the same geographic area, or you relocated here to the same college and, like, you’re buds and you jibe together. I mean, if you want to get signed by a major, lose creative control, and endure a corporate makeover, then by all means, hang with your dudebros and “rock out.”

But if you have any respect for your music or your (potential) fans, then you need some fucking diversity. Not just to groove with some kind of agenda I have for all types of media to better reflect marginalized communities, though that is a huge part of it. This is about quality, and that comes from converging different ethnic, sexual, and philosophical influences.

Currently, the state of music isn’t totally devoid of ladies and people of color. At the same show where a truly awful white dude band inspired this piece, I also saw a sweet group with a lady singer. But the fact that white dude bands are still forming, are still looking at themselves as the ideal musical unit, is a problem. Because just like a newspaper needs female editors, your band needs alternative perspectives on life and music in its burgeoning creative space.

I could be wrong. Maybe you’re a prodigy, and you belong to a white dude band full of prodigies that’s soon to redefine what music even means. But probably not. Fall back.

 

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3 Responses to FREE RADICAL: WHITE BOY BANDS FALL BACK

  1. chestnut chestnut says:

    I read this looking for a good discussion of diversity in music, but I was sorely disappointed. Instead, all I see is someone who certainly sounds sexist against men and racist against whites. Why do I say that? Because you are judging how good or bad a band will likely be based on the race and gender of the people in it. If I wrote an article saying that a band with women of color likely sucks because it’s made up of women and non-whites, how do you think that would be received? I can give you a good idea of how it would go: I would be ostracized as sexist and racist. Explain to me what the difference is.

    My second problem with the article is that even now in 2014, you are blaming white men for the lack of diversity in music. Bullshit. I enjoy music of many different stripes, and I am part of a music scene that values diversity. It is not my responsibility to pull people out off their houses and put them in bands. It is my/our responsibility to make sure that our scene is welcoming to all walks of life. And we do.

    What have you done to improve diversity in the music scene besides writing a divisive, racist, and sexist article?

  2. chestnut chestnut says:

    Sorry, one more thing. Maybe you shouldn’t use the term “white boy”. It’s every bit as racist and offensive as calling someone “black boy” or “chinaman” it any number of other terms. Your article makes me feel unwelcome because of my color of skin and gender. If that isn’t bigotry, I don’t know what is.

    Personally, I would like an apology.

  3. chestnut3499 chestnut3499 says:

    Sorry, one more thing. Maybe you shouldn’t use the term “white boy”. It’s every bit as racist and offensive as calling someone “black boy” or “chinaman” it any number of other terms. Your article makes me feel unwelcome because of my color of skin and gender. If that isn’t bigotry, I don’t know what is.

    Personally, I would like an apology.