Everyone has a band or musician that they hold in higher regard than all other artists. You expect perfection out of this person who has touched your life with their music. We often get people coming to us looking for piano classes in the city (or any instrument, for that matter), wanting to emulate their favorite artists.
Inevitably, said artist will one day do something that shatters your illusion of them. Maybe they snubbed you for an autograph after you waited hours for them after their show, maybe you hear they’re collaborating with Nicki Minaj, or maybe they decide to make a country album when they’ve always been rock. Whatever the case may be, there are always three distinct complaints people have when their favorite artist, in their mind, screws up.
Nobody wants to sit around doing the same thing over and over his or her whole life. Routine can be good, but not when it pigeonholes you into a lifestyle that you don’t enjoy.
You don’t want to be forced to churn out the same work for the rest of YOUR life, so why should your favorite artist?
Eventually, people want to take risks. They want to go in a whole new direction, despite what people are telling them is the right thing for them to do. Nobody ever remembered the person who never progressed as a person and artist. If you’re expecting your favorite band to never branch out and explore different genres, then you’re eventually going to get bored of them, and so will everyone else. It’s up to the band to continually “wow” their audience, reach new fans, and explore their own capabilities.
It’s never a band’s goal to do underground shows its whole life in the hopes that they never play to a crowd larger than 100 people. If your favorite band or artist sees success, than that means that they are doing something right, and other people are lauding them for it.
Yes, you might have to catch them at a larger venue next time they come around, but remember that this is probably what they wanted in the first place. When you start taking piano lessons in NYC, isn’t your ultimate goal to, one day, dazzle Carnegie Hall with your musical gifts?
Getting popular is entirely different than “selling out.” Selling out entails abandoning your original creative ideas as a band in favor of what someone tells you to do so you’ll make money.
However, there ARE bands whose goal is just to make money, and its unfortunate to realize that your favorite band was one of them. But getting popular for making good music is an entirely different issue. Be happy that the music you fell in love with is also resonating with such a large body of people. If you’ve ever told someone to listen to that band or artist, their ensuing fame is all your hard work paying off.
It’s easy to think you know an artist or band on a personal level when you connect so deeply with their music. It’s hard to make the distinction that, in reality, you know absolutely nothing about the person behind the music. It’s also hard to accept that they are, in fact, human. Just like you.
It’s easy to write off an artist forever if you meet them and they’re not-so-friendly, or you hear about their insane antics in a news article or magazine. But you can never truly know what they experienced to lead up to that event. Magazines need stories and will spin them whatever way they need to sell papers. Maybe your favorite singer was having a horrible day and simply didn’t want to be bothered. You’ll never know.
Drawing a line between a person and the way they portray themselves through their art is the toughest part of being a fan, and it’s hard to not take a bad interaction personally. But, just like every other human on the planet, they have pressing concerns that stem beyond their job. The only difference is they don’t get to have a bad day without someone posting about it all over the Internet.