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Re: Secret Identities

LOL - I love Burial''s music and didn't even know the guy has a secret
identity! His stuff is pretty unique, pouring soul into sample audio
editing like no one else. But I'm notoriously bad at "reading up on
artists". Back when Vinyl and CD was the dominating format for hearing
new music I even cared for NOT reading the covers information because
I wanted to listen to the music first. Then I often forgot to get back
to read on the covers ;-) Another funny example: When David Bowies
first albums were released I never listened to them in the record
stores because I assumed that a person that agrees to being
photographed on a record cover in those clothes, hair cut and make-up
would probably not make interesting music. My logic was that
interesting music would not need that extra promotion. Since I knew no
people that listened Bowie that could recommend his music and since
there wasn't anything of that on the radio it took many years until I
by some accident happened to hear Bowies music, and that of course
changed everything. Funny how we could get along in a world without
internet and boil-over chatting 24/24. Everything is so much better

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM, mark francombe <mark@markfrancombe.com> 
> On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM, Harry Weinberg <harryesq@aol.com> wrote:
>> Seems to me that the "hiding your identity" thing is a marketing scheme.
>> I play music in order to reveal my identity, to myself and others.
> I know this is not the case Harry. I would admit that from a journalists
> point of view, if you cant write or report on the individual, then you 
> must
> focus on the anonymity, and that in tern becomes marketing for the band.
> "The residents..  Arnt they the dudes with the eyeballs?" as opposed to 
> "The
> residents, arnt they those 4 geeky guys form San Mateo" . But to them I 
> know
> that it was a concept and a statement ON the state of music marketing. 
> Why
> do you think that they focus so much on people like Elvis?"
> I dont think that their anonymity was something that they were really so
> serious about, I have seem them play live without the eyeballs for 
> example,
> and if you drop round to their studios in SF, they are more than happy to
> chat... theres no guards at the door, no, they just started out by 
> refusing
> to talk about themselves as individuals, just the music.
> I remember myself being interviewed, I was shocked that Journos didnt 
> know
> the first thing about music, they knew the history of pop music of 
> course,
> and knew every latest thing from Camden or Cambridge, so their questions
> were things like "Where did you grow up? Who were your idols? What makes 
> you
> cry?
> NEVER did they ask, how do you write a song? Can you take me through the
> recording process, or god forbid.. what looper do you use?
> The recording industry realises that 98% of buyers arent that interested 
> in
> the music, they a buying into a lifestyle, and its that lifesyle is what
> they need to market, the journalists are paid by the recording industry 
> to
> produce copy that acts as advertising for the industry, and they know 
> what
> sells music-papers/newpapers/blogs.
> Its people (oh and sex)...
> Banksie is strangely simerlar, I think his anonymity comes from the 
> world in
> which he came from, illegal graffiti art, revealing his identity in the
> early days, would lead to fines maybe jail. But of course both these 
> example
> have later used their anonymity as a marketing tool.
> So your comment...
>> I never understood why people use this ploy.  It's not about music, it's
>> about marketing.
> seems a bit upside down to me... in a world where marketing music is very
> little to do with music, the residents and their colleagues(very limited
> colleagues--- why is that?? Ill tell you.. It doesnt sell records!!!) 
> are a
> breath of fresh air to me...
> I know music more about Lady Gagas outfits and image than I know about 
> her
> music!
> I like the outfits... shame about the music...
> Mark
> PS, I didnt now Daft Punk were anonymous actually.. I find the Techno 
> genre
> to be refreshingly different in that aspect... there are the big names of
> course, but many artists you would never recognize...
> Haha Per such an abrupt answer i love it
> On Mar 1, 2012 3:28 AM, "Per Boysen" <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:21 AM, kay'lon rushing <k3zz21@gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>> > I've always been fascinated by artists who refuse to show their
>> > identity.
>> > Whether it be by a mask or by simply never presenting themselves in
>> > physical
>> > form. Such as Burial, daft punk, banksy, and whoever else. Would you 
>> > be
>> > one
>> > of these kinds of artists if u could?
>> No.
>> Greetings from Sweden
>> Per Boysen
>> www.perboysen.com
>> http://www.youtube.com/perboysen
> --
> Mark Francombe
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