Pitchfork has a "cover story" up on Passion Pit's Michale Angelakos and his struggles with bipolar disorder. Two weeks ago everyone was abuzz about Frank Ocean coming out, but this article is much more jarring to me. It's really gripping to see this type of candor about mental illness.
Post by FuzzyWarbles on Jun 6, 2013 16:17:14 GMT -5
SPIN encounters white stags, magic mushrooms, R-rated leitmotifs, and some very big ideas during a psychedelic evening with Josh Tillman, the man behind indie's most surprising – and surprisingly sexy – success story.
I wanted to be an artist, but I didn’t want to have to sell hoodies with my face on them.
What I missed most about having a label wasn’t the monetary investment, but the right to be quiet, the insulation provided from incessant self-promotion. I was a singer, not a saleswoman. Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.
My indie wasn’t run by Benz-driving executives but rather passionate music lovers who invested in art that moved them. This tier of the industry was pretty much knocked out by music piracy. Kickstarter, many seem to think, is its logical replacement. Now musicians can raise money to make an album from their fans (if the old model already made them famous) or from their friends and family (if not). What’s less discussed is how this mechanism naturally winnows out the artists who lack the ability, confidence or desire to publicly solicit donations.