It's a blessing and a curse - for every legitimately brilliant artist I've found who was able to release and record music on their own (Lyle Watt and Angel Vivaldi are two excellent examples), there's approximately eleventy-billion OMG S2.0 AXEFXII BKPS OLA PATCH MIXTEST!!!1!cos(0)! djent videos spamming discussion boards you have to wade through, where they all think maybe if they just post enough
videos they'll be the next bulb (and neglecting to notice they don't have half his talent).
And I'm sure SOMEONE is bound to write a scathing review or tell me about how they have intimate knowledge of my mother because my music sucks so much, but so far the response has been really positive.
I was in a brit pop band, ala Oasis-like but before Oasis, and Melody Maker slammed the hell out of us. It wasn't quite the time for retro British sounding bands (many British but quite a few American like us) and it was an awful thing to try out. When everybody and their sister came out five years later rehashing the 60s British invasion sound, then it was all OK and all cool. If what a person does is too early, or too late, for a given style, then the detractors will crucify you and it was so hard since we worshiped that rag. In the end all the suffering and embarrassment caused from that magazine was not worth it. I wish I still had a copy of that review so I could show anybody who gets a "bad review" and feels bad, because no bad review could be as scathing as this one was. We put 18 months and countless hundreds of hours into this only to get a 90 second review from these guys. Today we laugh about it.
Coming out like that and getting blasted felt like sporting a late-80s mullet or parachute pants, but just five years too early. In the early 1990s, everyone wanted to get Fender Jaguars and wear plaid shirts and pretend to be Nirvana and it was so out of step to sound like clean jangy Rickenbackers with harmonies. To be sure we felt so small after that Melody Maker review.
Interestingly, I give major kudos for somebody like England's The Darkness
to become a retro 1980's style Sunset Strip band five years before the style became popular again with the many reunions of the original 80's hair metal bands that now have legitimate and rather large new audience.
And you know, as do all Jemsiters, that instrumental guitar rock/metal or anything Satriani or Vai inspired will get a whole lot of haters who think that lead guitar is passe. We live in a small, underground society of musicians who may love instrumental guitar music but are overwhelmed on the radio with Lady Gaga, One Direction, and Taylor Swift. That being said, I do like those mega popstars too, but I also like instrumental guitar music (what some called shredder) thus the whole reason I come to Jemsite.
Keep up the good work and with the far reach of youtube, you will find enough people who will like your stuff and follow you. Again, ignore the usually narrow minded haters out there. There's a whole legion of music critics that will only feel like they are doing their job when they criticize something up and down.