I have been thinking. And working on other things. It has been a long time since I made a post here. And there are a lot of reasons for that. The main reason is that I have been busy with my band. Recording and booking a show. It’s a full time job, and I already have another full time job.
The other main reason is just plain old fatigue. Someone put it a good way. I forget who it was or exactly what they said. But the basic point was that San Diego has more bands than music fans.
And that is pretty much my experience. My interactions with people through this site seem to fall into one of the following categories:
- Friendly musicians who want promotion
- Disgruntled punk purists who are mad that I cover music other than punk
I know that thousands of people review this site every month. But it is hard working alone. Being alone. Fighting the good fight when nobody cares. So I focused on my band. We just released a CD. At least that gets me out in front of people. Talking to the fans.
I have been content to let the music scene fend for itself. And then tonight I got woked up. I saw the nominees for the San Diego Music Awards. Specifically the Rock section. I am happy that Hocus was nominated. Shocked even. Because the other bands by and large are the same bands that are always nominated. Always celebrated. Always heralded by the San Diego Music Association as the rock bands deserving of acclaim. Every year it is them. Moving from “Rock” to “Rock Album” to “Alternative”. And none of them rocking.
I don’t want to berate them. They are all talented musicians. But when someone tells me that a band is the best rock band in San Diego, I expect to hear certain things. Like electric guitars. And drums. How about some fucking distortion? Power chords? I don’t expect year after year of acoustic and piano driven artists.
This is why I am dusting off the old site. There is work to do. Rock music is getting the shaft in this town. There are a bunch of popularity contests going on. And none of the bands that I like (except for Hocus) are winning. And there is nowhere to go to hear about them.
So, I have a couple of ideas. Tell me what you think.
Emphasis on Facebook Page
I am bringing my Facebook Page out of retirement. This is quite interactive. All of you can post your links. Brag about your bands. Posts from here will go there. It is simple, and it makes sense. http://www.facebook.com/sandiegopunk
Real Rock and Punk Awards Show
This is the one that I am most excited about. But I need to hear from you bastards. I envision a show where we celebrate the awesome rock and punk bands in town. Something with panels and judges. Something where the unappreciated are recognized.
Here is where I pause. I did a poll a year and a half ago. I wanted everyone to vote for their favorite San Diego Band of the Year. All that they had to do was click on a box on the side of the web page. The band with the most votes had around 30 votes. And they were so excited because they were going to get special recognition on my online radio show. And it never happened. Nobody ever tuned in. I saw them check throughout the day. But there was no audience. I know that the band is still pissed. They think that there chance for fame was thwarted because of my ignorance or apathy. The truth of the matter is that nobody cared. If I ran with the show, nobody would have heard it.
I will not do that to another band. I will not build a band up, just to find out that nobody gives a fuck about local music enough to go to a show. I will not book a Rock Awards Show that nobody goes to. The last show that I booked for San Diego Punk was quite sobering in terms of turn out. Depressing is another way to put it.
I am not saying this to complain. Not trying to guilt trip anyone. I am not doing this for me. My ego is not fed by this site. I have a million other things I can do that will make me a lot more successful. I am only wondering if there is an audience out there for a real rock and punk awards show. Celebrating talent. Not celebrating celebrity.
If you want to get involved, comment here. Or post on the facebook page. Or send me an email. email@example.com. And if I don’t hear from you, then I will go back to my other stuff and leave the San Diego talent unsung.