June 7, 2005

Selling Out

Underground fans seem to be very concerned with their favorite artists “selling out”. What exactly is selling out? Some fans say someone has sold out as soon as others are familiar with the artist. This is just an elitist mentality that some fans like to have. They aren’t as concerned with the music as they are with knowing something that nobody else does. Other fans say that they have sold out as soon as they get a deal with a large record company. This is very often a sad reality, but it does not necessarily require selling out. This is only the case if the artist is willing to sacrifice their artistic integrity to make themselves more marketable for the label. This happens often in the music industry, and many times shows the lack of integrity the artist had to begin with. Selling out is about changing who you are to get money or fame. If an underground artist stays true to themselves and gets money and fame fans should be happy that they knew them first and that good music is being heard by others.

Posted by lars1396 at June 7, 2005 3:17 PM