I'm currently writing a blog about One Direction, it'll hopefully be up soon. As I wrote it I wanted to make a quick mention of a certain issue in there. But as I got going a sentence turned into a paragraph that turned into an uncomfortably long paragraph that I thought should probably become its own piece. That way if this issue is ever brought up, we can just send people here.
We've taken a bit of flack from some of our readers for covering 1D and Bieber a little too much lately. Many facets of Bieber's torrid time in the UK were well documented, we even had a live-blog set up to see if he arrived on time for one of his shows after he was two hours late the night before. We try not to milk it too much and it's mostly harmless fluff, but it still takes up space on the site and in people's feeds.
As a result, we had people compaining about us not covering "real" or "good" music lately. Telling us that we weren't supposed to be covering mainstream music gossip
Maybe they have a point, but if they have such a problem then they should click on those articles less. Seriously, my blogs about Avarice and Beyoncé (that took days to research and put together) were our second and third most viewed articles on the site in early March, which is great. But Harry Styles getting a shoe thrown in his nuts was number 1! In case you're desperate to see it, here's the video:
Want to know why you see these guys names and faces featured in some way by nearly every music news outlet? Because even people who don't like them click on them.
Next time you see us posting up about a pop star you don't like, instead of acting all indignant you could try something else. Find a news story about a more credible band that you might like. Go and read one of our reviews. If you are poor then grab a free song, or even a free album. Perhaps you could have a quick browse and check out some new music instead. Maybe you are in a band (or know someone who is), you could check out a competition and try win something cool.
Fact is, there isn't a single writer on this site who joined up because they wanted to talk solely about what some teenage marketing brand is getting up to. We love music and we want to help encourage that in other people. None of us have the same tastes, that's why you'll find stuff about Folk, Metal, Rock, Hip-Hop, Dance and whatever else we fancy in between.
For every gossipy piece we write about Bieber, 1D etc. we've probably written over 10 about bands that are "real" in some way. They could be famous ones that we know many of you really like, they could be less famous ones that some of you like and we think more of you would like if you gave them a chance.
We get that some people only come here because we give away free festival tickets most Summers (it was how I discovered the site in the first place), but we try and make the site a cool place for those who choose to stick around a bit longer. I like to think that this includes both the hi and the low brow. If you don't like one, try the other.
Anyway, for those of you who do want to discover some great music then try Toffees. I found this song a few days ago and its chorus has been in my head ever since. Criminally, it only has about 200 YouTube views. If more people clicked on videos like this, rather than the one above, then I truly think we'd have a more interesting musical mainstream.
Right, I have a blog about my desire to be Niall Horan's best friend that I need to finish. See you soon!
Andy is a Supajam writer who has been a small-fry at numerous Commerical, BBC and Student radio stations over the last 6 years. He is also a music promoter in the South-East of the UK. He has a website where he interviews musicians with only one question, and he is currently typing in third-person. You can tweet abuse at him if you fancy letting off some steam.