The most inviting and right-feeling of the original channels may be Geek & Sundry, as befits the persona of its creator, the actress and writer Felicia Day, as the geek’s geek. It’s now the YouTube home for “The Guild,” Ms. Day’s influential Web series about role-playing online gamers.
One thing a YouTube channel can do better than a television one is express succinctly the point of view of its creator — just ask Oprah Winfrey — and everything on Geek & Sundry embodies the fact that online or off, Ms. Day, who’s currently appearing in Syfy’s egghead dramedy “Eureka,” never hides how smart and funny she is.
How awesome is Felicia? So awesome that, even in an article that tries really hard to insult and dismiss everything YouTube is doing with the new original channels, this is what they said about her and Geek and Sundry.
Looks like I touched a nerve with my reblogging yesterday and the comments I made about the list and the music on it - and that’s OK. I stand by my comments and I think that leads into a whole other discussion about how wizard rock is perceived by fans in 2012 vs. let’s say, 2007. The aspect of production values is something that’s come up time and time again when it comes to bands and their popularity/appeal and I definitely think it’s something worth talking about.
I think two points need to be made clear from the get-go here:
1) I always liked better production values FOR MY OWN MUSIC. Why? Because that’s how I heard it in my head when I was writing the songs. I *wanted* to have walls of guitars and booming drums, because my inner Billy Corgan was with me the entire time I was writing Crisis songs. That certainly doesn’t mean I don’t like wrock that’s just a vocalist and a guitar, or a vocalist and a piano, or whatever. I taught myself how to craft songs in that way via trial and error, reading voraciously online about production techniques and values, and using free or very low cost software (not cracked Waves plugs, that’s for damn sure), staying up until 2am trying different things. And if a musician is happy laying down one acoustic guitar track and 1 vocal and considering their song complete, then more power to ‘em. If that was their vision for THEIR song, then mission accomplished.
2) We all like what we like - that’s human of us. I’d never tell someone “sorry, you can’t like that” because how assholish is that? VERY. But by the same token I completely understand that someone who normally listens to rap music is probably going to be drawn more to MC Kreacher than they are Voldemort. Someone who only listens to modern pop music may not like early Harry and the Potters. Again - completely understandable.
OK, now that that’s out of the way!
Wizard rock started out very lo-fi and DIY/indie and has always (for the most part) maintained that aesthetic. It’s all about doing it for yourself, being happy with what you’ve created, and if others like it, then that’s awesome. I don’t think anyone seriously said “hey I want to get famous so I’m going to start a wrock band”… at least not in the beginning, anyways. Now with iTunes and YouTube “fame”, it might be a different story. But everything I listened to when I first learned about wrock was all about having fun and just creating something that others could relate to and enjoy.
I’d like to add that I legitimately love the wizard rock community. I’ve met some of my best friends and most favorite people though wizard rock.
I can, however, attest to the fact that they are some people who don’t want to give new or smaller wrock bands a chance. As a not-so-well-known wizard rocker, the majority of my experiences with fans and fellow wrockers have been positive and encouraging. There have been a few times, though, when it wasn’t so great. I once was completely ignored by someone setting up a wrock show because I’m not a “big name” wrocker. I can tell you, it’s discouraging. For some people, it might even be enough to make them quit.
I’ve always made it a point to listen to any and all wizard rock I come across. Sure, I might not like some of it based on personal preference, but I do give it a chance. I encourage you to do the same. Trust me, it’s a policy that’s paid off. For example, I’m not big on hip hop but I gave Swish & Flick a chance and you know what? “In the House of Slytherin” is one of my top three favorite wizard rock records ever. Give everyone a chance. You never know what you might come across.
What is comes down to, at least for me is: support wizard rockers, no matter who they are.