Music That Doesn't Suck: An Introduction
Written by Dom Vigil
I’ve always loved the process of discovering new music and sharing it with my friends. Growing up, I remember spending hours digging through Myspace and PureVolume looking for new artists and musicians to listen to. As a teenager in the bustling Denver music scene back in the early 2000’s, it was easier than ever to find great new music on a daily basis, but years have passed, and a lot has changed in the music industry since 2004 or even 2010. With Myspace, PureVolume and similar outlets defunct, irrelevant or forgotten, music lovers like myself have taken to different means to discover new artists on our own and fall in love.
In 2014, I formed The Prelude Press, but if you ask me why now, I don’t think I’d be able to give you a simple answer. It was partially because I wanted to get my foot in the door of the complicated, sometimes frustrating but equally amazing music industry, but mostly because I was fed up with talented artists getting overlooked by massive outlets or even smaller local publications. I wanted to shine some light on bands and musicians that I felt deserved the recognition. That’s how things started, however over the past three years, we’ve strayed a little from this mission. Other things came up, we established working relationships with countless local bands and formed connections with publicists, managers and industry folks who pitch artists to us on a daily basis. While this isn’t a bad way to discover new music by any means - I can’t tell you how many artists I listen to regularly now because a publicist thought I might enjoy them - but the beauty and excitement of discovering new music on my own took the backseat to work.
I want to change that. I want to feel excited about sharing an incredible new band with my friends and our readers, which brings us to Music That Doesn’t Suck.
No matter how much you write about a band or try to pitch them to your readers, friends or journalists, there are always going to be people who don’t want to read the words and just want to hear the music speak for itself. These people don’t care what someone else has to say about an artist or why you think they’re the next big thing. These people are like me, and this is for them.
No pitching. No lavish, convincing words or a list or reasons why you should love this band. No bullshit, just music.