You HAVE to.
Please note: the funky use of keyboard synthesizing, falsetto, the tiny head shake of fear, and just overall awesomeness.
Did you notice how old the keyboard is…years of love, Man.
Did you see his busted up McDonald’s shirt and colorful palazzo pants?
This guy is kicking butt and taking names.
At first, I laughed at the lyrics and the #relatable (ness) of the song (pre-budget days)…but it’s an awesome little piece of musical wonder.
So, who is this phenom…this Louis Cole?
Well, according to the all-knowing, all-seeing Wikipedia (I’m being facetious… again) …you can read the wikipedia entry yourself, honestly.
But it basically only talks about a band he’s in…which is separate from his solo work, I guess.
I’m totally not interested in that right now.
So I’ll summarize what might be true.
Basically it seems Louis Cole is in his late 20s/early 30s and makes cool music.
He’s a multi-instrumentalist (he plays lots of instruments) and sings.
The type of music he creates is called independent electronic music, or “indie electronica.”
“Indie” music is basically (well at it’s purest and most base definition) music made by artists who are not trying to follow corporatized formulas to make mass produced/impersonal music that will somehow form a money-making machine…
Instead, Indie artists are not connected to a big corporate music firm and they are making music to share their art, connect, and of course make money. I mean, who doesn’t want to support themselves with their art; but they’re not slaves to money, doing whatever the executives want for a profit.
Indie music definitely has its own sound, scene, and landscape.
And there are LOADS of different sounds in the indie music scene;
there’s electronica, dream pop, rap, neo soul…so so many.. there are hundreds of thousands of artists you could be missing out on because you’ve been brainwashed by high powered corporations to only listen to the artists that they promote.
Ever wonder why there are so many raps about SPENDING money and not SAVING money?
Who is funding these raps and music videos?
Let’s say I’m super wealthy and I own…a really prestigious jewelry store named…Biffany’s. Let’s say our stock is going down. How can I get more people to buy my jewelry?…
or let’s say I make super expensive shoes called…Mordan’s?
How do I sell even more? Put them in raps! That will make them more desirable! I’ll make more money off of people who can’t afford them in the first place!
Hooray! I”m rich!
Corporations win, when you don’t think.
Conspiracy theory? I think not.
(Disclaimer: these aren’t proven associations since I haven’t cited any sources or given any definitive evidence…so do your own research and tell me what you come up with. Key word search: “rap music corporate sponsorship” and read a few articles.
So, check out indie artists.
They are real people who are in the studio, writing songs, honing their craft, and want to connect with you.
How do you find indie artists that you might like?
I have no freaking idea.
I usually just stumble upon them.
Let’s see if I can do some research to make this easier for you/me/us….
This site is cool, but pretty much overwhelmingly white…just like NPR, no offense.
Here’s some cool indie-finding website; I searched for “soul”, this Jordan Mackampa sounds pretty awesome…not sure if he’s indie or what, but give it a try.
I also heard that checking out Coachella’s lineup is a pretty easy way of finding cool indie artists. And…it’s true: Look, Yeasayer is on here ((this is from several years ago)).
I also like Animal Collective; check out this song. Not on the poster, but an good band nonetheless.
But back to Louis Cole…
What do you think?
Check out his website:
Check out his youtube:
Are you a connoisseur of all things indie, or just dipping your toes in the expansive beyond?
Whatever your pleasure,
Happy Listening~*~*~* Tiana
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