Hi Steve, I am curious as to your opinion on various mediums an artist can connect with their fans/supporters. Is the age of the website for an artist still viable with so many alternative more immediate mediums available? I presume you update your own website / Facebook / WordPress. Is there another medium combining the best elements of all three that you would prefer? (maybe not invented yet) In general my question refers to the direct connection an artist can now have with the people who follow/buy their work. Also vice-versa for the supporters. To be able to connect direct is so valuable versus the traditional method of the 70’s/80’s/90’s where you were all locked away in penthouses in New York between albums & tours :)

People who work in the arts are a needy bunch despite the often perceived impression of ‘us and them’. One way or another artists feel compelled to dedicate their time to creating something to offer up for public consumption, whether as a composer, a painter, a writer or poet, a film maker etc. they are hoping to resonate in some way with public emotion by sharing their work and thus putting themselves on the line for criticism and even ridicule. The public can therefore represent an artist’s vulnerabilities, insecurities or fragile sense of worth, and I think this goes some way to explaining why, for some, the necessary distance between themselves and their audience exists in order to keep doing what they do. Fear can often be mistaken as hubris. Social media platforms break through this to some degree, and can offer a healthy interaction which is a good thing. I’ve no idea what the ideal platform would be but I don’t think it’s with us yet. Sadly there’s always someone whose purpose in life is to spoil it for others and the anonymous nature of social media, where commentators aren’t culpable, works against itself. I’m sure that’ll be addressed better over time with new laws being introduced to regulate it.

2 thoughts on “Hi Steve, I am curious as to your opinion on various mediums an artist can connect with their fans/supporters. Is the age of the website for an artist still viable with so many alternative more immediate mediums available? I presume you update your own website / Facebook / WordPress. Is there another medium combining the best elements of all three that you would prefer? (maybe not invented yet) In general my question refers to the direct connection an artist can now have with the people who follow/buy their work. Also vice-versa for the supporters. To be able to connect direct is so valuable versus the traditional method of the 70’s/80’s/90’s where you were all locked away in penthouses in New York between albums & tours :)

  1. I think FB and Twitter already offer great features for any kind of interaction. I agree, there are a lot of trolls, haters and weirdos around due to anonymity. But then anyone should learn to just ignore these ppl (which makes them lose interest pretty quickly) and focus on the ones that really want to interact nicely – and there are a lot of nice ones out there, that love to share all kinds of positive stuff and energie with their favourite artists. Plus the artists and their work can enormously benefit from that kind of direct and (sometimes) really creative input. Most social media sites offer features that let you decide what 3rd party content actually appears on your page, let you review and approve 3rd party contributions before they go online on your page or let you hide/remove ugly comments so cleverly that even the authors do not notice their sh*t is invisible to anyone else but themselves lol. The spaces for interaction do already exist. You just have to use them wisely or get someone to help you with that and if it’s just for putting the settings right.

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