Haters, Objectivity, and Criticism

If everybody had the same taste, we wouldn’t have to experience the displeasure that comes when a music critic dislikes a band that means a lot to us. We also wouldn’t need music critics. We need criticism because we are different from one another.

I know I’m a snob. I’m picky about people, music, food, and all sorts of other irrelevant crap. I don’t do it to be an asshole, and it’s never intended to be malicious. Hell, to be honest, I don’t even really care if people agree with me. I like what I like and I’m flattered that on occasion people are interested in hearing my opinion. I always try to present things in an informative manner, and judging by the response recently, some people enjoy it. If that makes me a hater, so be it. I myself have haters, it’s excellent; they day everybody likes what I’m doing and it’s perceived I am making no mistakes is when I’ll really begin to worry.

That’s a pretty simplistic way of putting it I suppose. Good friend, and blogger SNF recently sent me an interesting article on the rise and acceptance of subjectivity as it relates to music criticism. As he is a writer for Big Up Magazine, and his own site dubstepped.net, we often times find ourselves in conversation over the relevance, and importance of our own personal slants as it relates to our writing.  It’s quite long, but is definitely worth it if you have the time.

In addition, Matt Shadetek’s Twitter account today reposted an article he contributed to his own blog earlier this month on the importance of “haters” and criticism in general, and most importantly, how to embrace the critiques as an artist as opposed to constantly treating them as a threat to individuality and creativity.

Both of these are excellent reads for anybody claims that I, or anybody else is a hater for no good reason.

Bad Subjects: Autobiography In Music Criticism

Matt Shadetek : Haters, Learn to Love Them

We need to know more than a music critic’s taste in music. We need to know where that taste in music comes from. Every person’s taste has a history.

The History of Hessle Audio

An absolutely brilliant article from the Always Everything blog outlining the Leeds collective of Ben UFO, Ramadanman, and Pangaea that has become the ground-breaking and genre defining Hessle Audio label.  The mark these three have left on the modern bass music scene is clearly undeniable; their Sub.FM radio show, Rufage Radio was picked up recently by RinseFM for obvious reasons, Resident Advisor has featured them as label of the month, and their productions and dj sets are always top notch. Additionally, they are some of the most humble and courteous people I have encountered.

Read History of Hessle Audio, regardless of how much you already know about these guys for a wonderful look at music that never fails to defy expectations.

Hessle Audio broadcasts this evening on RinseFM at 2300GMT (6PM ET) featuring the dj work of Ben UFO, Ramadanman, and guest Shortstuff of the Blunted Robots crew.

Follow the Hessle Audio crew on Twitter: BenUFO, Ramadanman, Pangaea

Always Everything : A History of Hessle