The "genre" question

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You get that question every time you put your music online, whatever the platform, whatever the site, the submission form…

What genre does your music fit in? What sub-genre?

Quite honestly, as an artist, I resent that question. I spent my life listening to all sorts of music, from all sorts of “genres”. And I like listening to one thing and then to something totally different next. That’s what life is all about, that’s what music is all about, isn’t it?

And, as an artist, I claim the right to play any kind of music I want. That’s also why I like being an independent artist. I can play a rock tune one day, a jazz one the next, a folk one to follow. No one is going to tell me that I should restrict myself to re-do the same kind of tune that I just did… That would be so boring. And that is probably what is boring in the commercial music of today.

I can imagine that fans could have a hard time with that although in the long run, they might get used to it and appreciate the variety… As for me, I value eclecticism in music. And I resent being put in any kind of genre box.
Unless there was a “good music” genre? Then I’d try to fill that box.

I remember a time when there was no limit to what bands would put on an album. There could be a rocking tune followed by an acoustic ballad, followed by some crazy psychedelia. And fans at the time were digging it, they were following the artist’s journey through sound and broadening their taste at the same time. It was always a discovery… you never knew what you would hear next.

This is why I have so much troubles answering the “genre” question. What kind of music do I do exactly? I have been doing progressive rock, jazz fusion, jazz ballads, soul, pop, blues, classic rock, all sorts of things. What box should I tick???

My next album that will be released soon, is going to reflect that. It’s much more jazz oriented than the previous EP, but you will find lots of influences from many different places as well. And I hope listeners will come along with me on that journey. I really do.

5 comments

  • Whatsisname (@seismictc)

    Whatsisname (@seismictc) UK

    I label all of my music with a primary tag of ElectroProg. It's probably meaningless to everybody except me, but I think it fits, and I'll stick with it. I know that some artists use different "artist names" or identities when producing different styles of music, but this doesn't make any sense to me. I feel that it's like denying your own identity. Imagine David Bowie using different names for releasing "Young Americans" and "Low".

    I label all of my music with a primary tag of ElectroProg. It's probably meaningless to everybody except me, but I think it fits, and I'll stick with it. I know that some artists use different "artist names" or identities when producing different styles of music, but this doesn't make any sense to me. I feel that it's like denying your own identity. Imagine David Bowie using different names for releasing "Young Americans" and "Low".

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Yeah. I don't know. I fear that the industry wants too much to put us into little boxes. I resent that. I do music. I try to do good music. Then after that, name it whatever you want....

    Yeah. I don't know. I fear that the industry wants too much to put us into little boxes. I resent that. I do music. I try to do good music. Then after that, name it whatever you want....

  • Lee Pugh

    Lee Pugh Cardiff U.K.

    Oh this rings so true for us. Had quite a few worries that we fall into so many categories that we don't actually sit squarely in any genre box....lol you do what you do though eh?

    Oh this rings so true for us. Had quite a few worries that we fall into so many categories that we don't actually sit squarely in any genre box....lol you do what you do though eh?

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Yeah, I can imagine that, Lee. The way I understand it though, there's really 2 boxes: good or bad music, and even so, it's also a matter of taste. So perhaps there's well recorded music and shitty demos? Then you like it or not.

    Yeah, I can imagine that, Lee. The way I understand it though, there's really 2 boxes: good or bad music, and even so, it's also a matter of taste. So perhaps there's well recorded music and shitty demos? Then you like it or not.

  • Laughing With The Raindrops

    Laughing With The Raindrops London, UK

    Lol the genre question has irritated me so much over the years that I made mine up (just to irritate everyone back)... 100% Original Quiet Storm Contemporary Jazz Soul there that'll shut' em up :)

    Lol the genre question has irritated me so much over the years that I made mine up (just to irritate everyone back)...
    100% Original Quiet Storm Contemporary Jazz Soul
    there that'll shut' em up smile

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