International first, national later. Friend first, artist later.

by Skoitch

The world of electronic music is full of rules, deals and agreements that fall in the category of habits.

One of its peculiarities is the fact that many local artists first make a name for themselves outside the borders of their native country. Without proper support, getting their music to actually be listened to and landing gigs have both been proving more and more difficult. Of course, the scene is in fact growing, but is this growth actually a healthy one?

We need to stop and acknowledge something that’s been going on for years and that doesn’t seem to be near any kind of change. Many of the deals and partnerships happen due to friendships and favouritism – this common practice is denying artists equal chances and promotes a loss in quality.

We’re not saying friendship is bad; it’s just that people shouldn’t be blind to it. They should have the capacity of seeing through it and deciding whether it is doing the community an actual favour or it’s simply denying someone better a chance.

This is the reason why an artist that’s struck by bad luck in terms of relationships or other things to offer (besides really good music) is forced to gain recognition in other countries, where he/she inevitably finds the missing support and heartedly welcome, like Microlab’s recent reception in China. Why, in order to be taken seriously on a national scale, one has to travel the world beforehand? Why does recognition first have to come from crowds in other countries? Is it some kind of assurance in terms of selling a product? If so, why? Don’t we have enough patience to show to our own artists?

So maybe it’s time to give these questions some thought. This kind of behavioural pattern is affecting the very core that put this community together: music. Let’s not forget that supposedly music is our religion - the thing that makes us ache for the weekend and gets our skin filled with goose bumps so often. It’s where it all started and straying from this path is like breaking a promise not only to oneself, but also to everyone else.

photo by Romanian Club Culture