“One of the fundamental causes of the disintegration of society is copying”
- Jiddu Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom.
Ok, first off, it should be pointed out that playing a cover song or enjoying listening to one doesn't make you the evil seed of Chuckie.
Most of us can appreciate it when a solo artist or band performs their own take on a classic or lesser known song - provided they don't butcher it. The problem is the proliferation of covers to the point that it's unusual to hear an original. TV shows like X Factor are partly to blame but mainstream radio is too. Who said that mainstream should mean unoriginal, but far too often, it does.
The thing about all covers is that they we're once originals and were introduced to new audiences in their original state. So, how did those originals find an audience, survive and even become classics of their generation?
The dumbing down of music has been going on for so long now that we find ourselves humming along to all sorts of rubbish because in our daily routine we don't get to hear original music, unless we seek it out. In fact, original songs are being created more than ever before. Hundreds and thousands of artists across the globe are writing and performing new material while the broadcasters remain lazy and either stick to the hit cover songs or fall back to the sixties sounds as the royalties are less painful.
Thankfully there are some bucking the trend and 'though you might have to dig a little to find them, the number of original music online platforms is growing steadily. Here's a few for starters Earmilk. The Owl Mag, Cougar Microbes. Nialler9 , Orfium -[Type any letter into the search box], Hearthis , Indieshuffle Thewildhoneypie
And of course you can browse through our ever-growing sample submission videos HERE on Audio Shoot Unsigned.