So the title might sound a little more anti-conformist than this post deserves but it describes an issue any musician is faced with when they begin to sell their own music. Music has always been in large part tied to the image that a given song creates. Phat beats and a stadium synth can place the listener in the hippest night club ever. A twangy melody and a lap guitar will send you to the broken pickup out back. And yes, even three power chords with enough fuzz will have you raging against any machine. But when it comes down to it, the image of a musician has a lot to do with they those sounds produce their corresponding reactions.
Staying true to the foundation of this website, Mormon musicians are not exempt from the identity crisis that is the music scene. And while some musicians choose not to place their faith in the limelight, being of a “peculiar” people makes this easier said than done. This brings up an interesting question, is it ethical to use your religious beliefs or background to sell music? While making money from one’s faith is the basis of this question, we will focus on the music point of view for this post. Continue reading “Selling Yourself”