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Evolve as an Artist or Not?

May 4, 2009

Met some friends who came into town for the Bloc Party show on Saturday. Somehow we started talking about the pressure bands must have releasing a sophomore album after experiencing debut album success.

One argument was that if you got into a band because they had a specific sound, why should they change and try something new?  Artists have lost fans due to changing their sound.  At the same time, artists have lost fans for repeating themselves album after album.

It’s a tough balance. Trying new sounds and experimenting can garner artistic credibility and respect, but it doesn’t always translate to success with the audience.  It boils down to what you want as an artist.  If you had success with a certain sound, but are tired of it and want to try something new, go for it. Just be aware that your fan base might leave if you do.

That being said, in today’s world, it’s a lot less risky. You can put out a new track online and see how your fans react.  You can judge whether to put out more of this new material or try something else after. You don’t have to put out an entire album and hope for the best.  So try new things, get immediate feedback, and move forward.

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