Rock-N-Roll is a type of music. It has been played by some amazing Rock Stars such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Who, etc. But what a lot people do not realize is that Rock-N-Roll is not just a music genre, it is also a life style. I have provided an infographic to show some tips to being Rock-N-Roll. These are of course not actual “rules” to being Rock-N-Roll but more of to show you the spirit that this lifestyle entails.
Jimi Hendrix has to be one of the greatest guitarists who had ever walked this planet. Not only did he sing with his voice but he also made his guitar sing as well. Displaying to his audience a new form of guitar playing that no one at the time had ever seen.
My words cannot begin to explain his guitar skills so let this youtube video just show you
Jimi also had an amazing mind and was very passionate about his art and his creativity. He also seemed like a free spirit. Not wanting to tied down to this world but wishing there was more color in the streets. Watch this snippet of his last interview.
Jimi Hendrix left a legacy that shall be long remembered. He left behind his amazing songs and ideas. He has inspired loads and loads of people, including myself, to pick up a guitar. He shall be missed but thank God his music lives on!
Video by Rare Music Videos
Video by Blank on Blank
Recently I saw the band The Maine on their Lovely, Little, Lonely Tour. I of course enjoyed the music as well as the band’s performance. But what really impressed me was how The Maine runs their band as a business. They do everything completely independent. This means they produce everything from their merchandise, to their tour dates, to even their records themselves. They are completely independent of any outside influence on their band.
This is based off of an old punk rock saying. “No one is going to do it for you. Do it yourself.” This is where the term D.I.Y. comes from. This is how I believe Rock-N-Roll bands can be successful independent of any outside influence other than the close network of the band itself.
Why do I think this is important to write about? Well nowadays music in general, not just Rock-N-Roll, is very much influenced by outside forces. Whether that is labels, producers, or managers, etc., the artist is now put restrictions on and they cannot be completely honest. They are hindered and cannot be fully creative and honest to themselves.
With this being said do artist need to be signed to a record label to be successful? With using The Maine as an example then not at all. The Maine has been independent since 2012 and they have gone on to release three albums on their own. Forever Halloween in 2013, American Candy in 2015, and Lovely Little Lonely in 2017. All of three of these records have been praised by their fans and by their critics as their best albums they have ever released. Here’s one of their latest single, ‘Bad Behavior’.
I think Rock-N-Rock bands should look to The Maine as an example of how to run your band as a business. You can be successful and make a living completely independent of a record label. All you have to do is make honest music and actually care about the people who listen to your music.
Photography provided by: The Maine
Video provided by: The Maine
One of my favorite bands right now is Oasis. I know I am late to the game since majority of their success was accomplished over twenty years ago but it just goes to show you that music is not hindered by time.
Even now in 2017, I can not only enjoy Oasis’s music but I can also relate to it. One of my favorite tracks by this band is their song ‘Champagne Supernova’. This is because I believe this song means nothing at all but also mean everything at the same exact time. The lyrics make absolutely no sense read by themselves but in context with the music the song becomes an anthem.
You can’t help but find yourself not only singing along to the track but also feeling like you are reflecting on some important aspect of your life. This is what makes this song amazing and one of my favorite songs by Oasis.
Rock-N-Roll now is lacking in the artistry of songwriting as of late and I believe rock bands should listen to this song with a pen and paper, take some notes, and enjoy the ride.
You can watch the music video HERE: