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.
LISTEN UP: DIVERSITY ROCKS