Re: What is going on in the global Christian Electronica scene?
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I don’t really think there is anything going on in the Christian Electronica scene.
It’s not a commercially viable market for anyone: publishers, promoters, record companies, labels, artists, etc.
It’s a genre that exists only because of the love of the music and the vision of it’s small artist and DJ community. It’s almost as if the audience is mostly made up of other ‘artists’.
Take this site for example. It’s not exactly bursting with ‘listeners’. Those that do contribute or lurk here are other producers and/or DJ’s. We are the perpetuaters of our own music culture. It hardly exists outside of us. LOL
Please don’t think I’m being pessimistic, I’m actually trying to convey this neutrally… this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I’m just saying, I don’t see the Christian Radio stations playing this stuff out, nor do I see a Christian Electronica section at the ol’ Christian bookstore. We’re still the black sheep I guess.
Then again, the whole music scene is changing… music mediums are evolving faster than the relationships between the Record companies and musicians. It’s hard to say what even the popular music scene will be like in a decade. The way people make money in this business is drastically changing, and I think there is such a tremendous influx of music content now that the industry has bottle-necked.
Do-It-Yourself indie records are the norm now. That may or may not be a good thing. I can’t weigh in on that one yet… but when any teenager with a few hours to spare can download a free music sequencer off the internet (legitimately or not), dash off some patterns using some fairly decent synth presets, etc, etc and do his own mixing/mastering and self-promotion at the myriad of online networking sites available… well, you get the picture. It’s almost too easy these days!
Anyways, I digress… the point I make is that the Christian electronica scene is still a bunch of us amateurs (myself included!). And it’s not like we’re seeking fame and fortune through our music… perhaps that’s why the community remains unnoticed for the most part. The ‘world’ celebrates materialism and those that seek after such things. Perhaps when we do not, we simply get overlooked.