This is the stuff people like me have been screaming for years. I lost count of how many local artists I’ve seen (and still see) fall into this trap. I’ve taken a lot of flak over the years for not supporting certain artists… I tried, tried to school them on game but their ego, handlers or boys told them otherwise… so they chose the same dead end road. And in some cases to burn bridges.
To the untrained eye these artists give the appearance they’re making moves, but in reality they’re coasting on the ignorance of others. The underground is filled with people who don’t have a clue…who don’t recognize real or what really matters. They simply jump on the bandwagon. Nevermind the bandwagon is a carousel and all they’re doing is going in circles… they’re gonna ride it til the wheels fall off.
Its heartbreaking watching families sacrifice to support an artist who’s on the wrong path… watching other artists emulate by taking the same road, a path that will ultimately lead to their demise… or watching industry folk who want to support their local scene rally behind the wrong artist.
But what is most heartbreaking is the knowledge that the industry is always watching… which is why a lot of cats who should be “on” are “off their radar”.