Originally Posted by Dogboy73
Im not sure if I'd stretch to genius. But he's certainly a master craftsmen of minimal techno. Has been for as long as anyone.
Master is a better term..but craftsmen?? He is a musican, and music is only a craft when being performed by hacks.. also known as tools, fools or copycats..
Some artists start to copy themself when having found theire niche.. maybe they perform a craft than.. crafting their own art..
But to differentiate from the mean craftsmen we still call them artists..
picasso played with that quite well.. especially in the painting business they dont allow an artist to moove too far from the style he has founded.
Irritates the collectors.
and in reallity..its quite the same in the edm biz.. i really rebbelled against that and never repeated myself.. up to a point where the lables dont wanted to release my music anymore. i gave a **** and did only for me in private and live for a long time.. In the early times of techno theese suckers was happy when you was able to deliver something that even only remotly felt into the cattegorys of that new music..and a few years later they started to cut the first 3 minutes intro of the track without asking you and dared to ask you .."can you do us a 135bpm version? the track is great but the dj´s cant play 123bpm.. "
My answer to that..was a plain **** off :-)
Anyway.. when you want to make money its probably wise to become a craftsmen at one point and just play your role as slave of the industry or fanbase. When you have found your thing and dont like to experiment too much that might not even feel like slavery.. you can call it an employment than...
But to make you a name as an artist you better break with conventions and build an own style.. otherwise you always be a hack..
So having a craftsmen attitude from the start, as many do today, is not helpfull. A release should be a statement and not just a useless addition to an already overcrowded market. You should release it on a own label when everybody wants it..and not the other way around..
See Luciano.. he made it just right.. had releases on known labels for a while..but when he had this orange mistake burner he started an own label with this track.. wise move..