I’m the type of guy who hates mainstream music, music that sounds rubbish and music made for monetary reasons. So everyday I search the internet for independent artists to fill my ears with musical goodness. I’ve come across plenty of great talents and they can topple ANY mainstream artist. Their music is so pure and it makes Justin B. look like a little girl (even though she already is).
They all have their original compositions; but sometimes if not most of the time, they post a cover song of a particular artist. Let’s take the music of Gaga for example. I really do not like Gaga, they say she’s not mainstream, they say that she’s redefining music as we know it. If she was making such amazing music, then why do I think that this cover of Judas by Jack Conte is so much better than the original?
Now you may say, “Where’s the original chorus?” Well… if you listen to it, it sounds like something that was created for Dance Dance Revoltion and Jack Conte had good intentions of removing the original chorus, mainly because it wouldn’t work for his rendition of Judas.
So what makes it better? For one thing, Jack Conte is a one-man-studio-guy; he composes, plays and produces all his work with total freedom. There are some artists who are big enough to have total freedom over their work, but that’s in the level of The Beatles and Michael Jackson. I guess another thing why it’s better than Gaga’s is Jack’s uniqueness in style. I have heard Judas by Gaga, but it didn’t give me that spark. Anyway…
There are rare times however when an indie artist covers another artist that produces REAL music. That’s when the war between covers and originals really begin (for me anyway)
Which do you think is better? Which one is closer to real music? These are the questions from the fans of both parties. They answer it with “well our version is better!” a bit biased but it’s understandable.
What I think, and what some think, is that both artists are not better than the other. Birdy pays tribute to Bon Iver with her own rendition/style of the song and Bon Iver composes it in his own style. Both are good in their own sense because both are true music.
But what about Gaga and Jack Conte, don’t they play it in different styles? Yes they do, but the intentions were different. Gaga and her producers intend to make money out of every song they make by making it appeal to a wide range of audience at the same time, making it Gaga (since it’s that thing that the people go after). Jack Conte doesn’t do it for money, in fact I think that quality of his reflects directly on his music (if you’ve watched all his videos, I know I have).
There are many other reasons, but I think that these are the most important ones.
That is my opinion.
Here’s a new artist I just discovered :D Enjoy his wonderful music:
The lyrics are AMAZING.