Vision Of Disorder Bassist Speaks Of The Downside Of Music’s Digital Convenience


Vision Of Disorder bassist Mick Fleischmann has penned a piece for, in which he laments the loss of connection and perseverance listeners have with artists in the wake of digital convenience. An excerpt from that reads:

“What first got people to go to shows back in the day? When you discovered a band did you know them first or did you just end up stumbling upon them, or have a friend recommend them to you? Originally for me it was like who is going to the show – you probably didn’t know the bands, or some weeks you did and others you didn’t but you just wanted to go to a show and meet people. It used to be so much more special when you found something because it wasn’t so easily attainable.

If you had $20 and you went to Tower Records you were gambling if you were gonna try something new or buy something older in a catalog of a band you already liked. You wouldn’t even know in some cases that a band had an older album, you found out about someone, you went to the store and saw they had three older records on some smaller weird label. But the idea was you took the chance, you found something and you bought it – and because you bought it you stuck with it – and once you liked it (if you did) it became more special to you because you took the chance on buying it.

If you are on a streaming site and then something is recommended and you check it out, if you don’t like it immediately you will most likely never hear it again – it won’t be recommended to you and you won’t own it and force yourself to give it another listen. You are never going to take those gambles anymore because you don’t have to, and the problem is you will never have those moments where the gamble pays off and your love the band.

You aren’t going to experiment as much anymore because you need to stick with things for that idea to work. All the stuff I took a chance on and really ended up loving opened up more bands to me, and I think it’s less likely people find things on a streaming site that never heard them before, love it, and then go back and find the old catalog and get into that and then come see a show. It’s asking a lot of a person.

Everyone can think of an example where they bought something and didn’t like it at first, and then a month later gave it another chance and it became their favorite record. If the future is – you don’t like something or give it a thumbs down and you never see it again, or never get it recommended again, you will miss out on a ton of music instead of just seeing things and taking a gamble and buying stuff and then forcing yourself to sit with an album longer…”

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