In an open letter to the nerd music community Seattle nerd rockers Kirby Krackle have laid down a challenge to all to build up this thing we love. Do you accept?
An Open Letter To Nerd-Music:
I’ve said this many times before, and I’ll say it forever; nerd-music can be enormously bigger than it is, but everyone has to start working together. More importantly and what I feel is the bigger issue…everyone has to want to if we’re going to see any lasting change in what nerd-music has the potential to be.
All nerd-music comes from the same passionate place but recently I’ve been noticing a shift that’s been putting a bad taste in my mouth, and one I want to eradicate from the genre Kirby Krackle helped form five-years ago. Too many folks are grinding way too hard separately, and I’m putting out the challenge for all of us to find a new way to work smarter. Together. The only true enemy this genre formed out of love and joy has is ourselves; our fear in what happens if we don’t look out for #1 first and foremost. There’s more than enough room for all who choose to take a seat at the table of success if you’re willing to work for it no matter how long you’ve been in the game, and only once we realize that will the real change I think we all are wanting manifest itself.
That said, I’m putting out a public challenge all of us musicians that define ourselves as “nerd music”, and holding myself just as accountable: It’s time to reexamine the greater goals of the movement, and change the default mind-set from, “what can I get from you to get to the next level?” to “how can we lift each other up?”…
Whether you’ve just finished a hugely successful Kickstarter (Great job, The Doubleclicks!) or just formed your Dr. Who band yesterday (good on you guys!), it’s time for a change in how we all do things.
I’m challenging Jonathan Coulton, Wil Wheaton, H2Awesome, The Doubleclicks, Nerd With Guitars, Paul And Storm, The Thundering Asteroids, Amanda Palmer, Adam Warrock, Beefy, Sci-Fried, Brent Black, Tribe One, Schaffer The Darklord, Debs & Errol Death*Star, Molly Lewis, Kid Apocalypse and the tens of other extremely talented nerd-music groups to strip away old ways of thinking that individual success in fractioned camps is better than nurturing the tidal-wave of nerd-music talent building stronger everyday ready to be unleashed upon the masses. As the one calling this out, I too realize that I need to hold myself ever increasingly to this standard and I’m looking forward it.
So it’s time for a change friends, and I encourage more discussion moving forward. I don’t have all the answers, but what I do know is what is happening now isn’t working, and I’m pretty damn tired of waiting around for someone to say it. And I’ll be honest…the pessimist in me can see this rallying cry lasting a few days, then the sound of the trumpets dying off to leave us where we currently are. Share this this with your friends. Pass this along to people it might excited. Pass this to people it might piss off. It’s time to shake things up, and I care too much not to say it.
I believe the potential of the nerd-music genre is limitless. I know we’re better than we currently are.
Let’s start kicking ass. Together.
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