Could it be because the music is so good/bad? Is it because there are no huge rock bands that are filling the void? Or, are we finally letting go of the last of the truly mainstream rock act and inevitably letting go of the mainstream altogether?
Animal Collective is a much hyped indie rock band. I wouldn’t consider their genre indie rock, but that is there world. The Pitchfork, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan world. The world that created The Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend. That is a big world, but that world is not mainstream.
Ellen, Oprah, and your local 6 o’clock news are not talking about Animal Collective. Yet for all my years on the Internet I have never seen, read, nor heard of the amount of hype that Animal Collective is getting. If you exist in that world, or are mildly aware of it, then you must have crossed paths with Animal Collectives album Merriweather Post Pavilion. It’s huge. Yet they are not a mainstream act.
The big theory behind the new music world is that it will only be a world filled with niches. The indie niche, the jazz niche, the rock niche. Most pundits are quick to say that “of course the mainstream will still be there” but I argue that finally mainstream is now it’s own niche.
A music user can now skip the mainstream altogether. Mainstream media can be muted to the point where you can live your life without it, effectively taking yourself out and making the mainstream smaller.
The Jonas Brothers, Nickelback and the other so called mainstream artists do not occupy the place they once did. Their album sales reflect that trend. The mainstream is a niche and will continue to be a niche. The mainstream will try and fool you, telling you that they matter, but the more they push it down your throat the weaker they become.
Make music for yourself. Create your own niche. Make it small but deep. If you dig deep enough the mainstream will come to you but you will always have the higher ground.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zol2MJf6XNE]
Take Control of Your Music,