Internet Contests – Does anyone ever win? <—clicky here for demo content

I’ve entered a few contests in the last few months.

The most notable so far was the contest to play a set at a local Lilith Fair, which I didn’t win, but it was definitely fun to play and hear other female musicians from Metro D.  Very cool.  It was all set up via the site Ourstage, which bills themselves as the Indie Rocker’s version of Pandora.  Sounds good to me.

So, the latest one I’ve entered is via Myspace.

I don’t remember what the prize is, but it was fun to custom design a litle mini faux mix tape.

On a side note, I was recently honored to see the great band Visqueen live at the Majestic.
It left me feeling very inspired. A little sad that such a radio friendly awesome band isn’t getting the attention deserved, but for me, it put into perspective the fact that it doesn’t really matter if you play in front of 20 people or 20000 people. It’s not a reflection on the quality of the music. More of a reflection that people want what is safe and mediocre, like eating at a chain restaurant over an independent.

So much of what consists of popular music in the US now is manufactured one hit wonder garbage that plays it safe and is below average in quality, yet it gets listened to by millions of people. Music isn’t meant to be a popularity contest. People who try on bands and songs like they try on shoes don’t interest me./end rant


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