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.
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.