Influences on Music StyleA look at society and other factors which may influence a bands style.
Artist Expression• There are masses amount of pressure on all bands and artists to produce music that is meaningful. Most people assume peoples music to reflect their own feelings. Some artists have the ability to live up to these expectations, for example Adele, who said that the inspiration for her first album came from a relationship with a previous boyfriend. However some artists are unable to produce this ‘meaningful’ music, which can put a strain on their career.
Music Development• Artists and bands are expected to change their image or music style throughout their career in order to extend it, otherwise they risk being out grown by newer artists and styles. This can either be a positive change as it extends their career, or it can be a negative change as people don’t take to their new style. An example of an artist who developed their image to fit with the current styles is Avril Lavigne, who was originally renowned for her rock image, but had a more pop image when she made a comeback several years ago, this proved to be a unsuccessful as she quickly slipped backed off our radars again.
Social Influences• The social trends of people change over time, as do people likes and interests. A artist or band that were popular in the 1990’s would have less chance of being popular now if they still produced the same music as peoples interests would have developed since then. Many genres have been introduced over the years, and people are producing music that some older artists would never have known about. The constant change in society and their interests puts a lot of stress on artists and bands to be able to adapt to this.
Commercial• The introduction of TV programmes such as the X Factor and more recently The Voice have been created to make a profit out of people who have potential talent. The slows put thousand of people through auditions, boot camps and live shows before one person gets the chance to have a career at the end. Out of all the series, many of the artists who win the show, turn into one hit wonders that fade quickly from the charts after one of two songs. An example of this, is Shane Warn and Joe McElderry, who were quickly dropped by their label and are yet to make a comeback. There are some success stories however, as Leona Lewis, JLS and One Direction have managed to have successful careers in music since appearing on the show and are still active now.
Image• Artists and bands are criticised and judged on a daily basis by the public, critics and everybody else based on their image. They are caught looking less than perfect, wearing unflattering clothes or are too large or skinny. People are so longer allowed to express themselves or just be themselves anymore, they have to be what society wants them to be. This is having a very negative effective on the music industry and everybody is being moulded into a slim, attractive and ‘perfect’ superstar, and if they don’t have these qualities then they arent seen as good enough.
Technology• Advances in technology have allowed artists to use a programme known as Vocodar which allows artists to change their voice, allowing them to sound better than they actually are. This links in with the problem of image, if a person fits with the ‘superstar’ persona but don’t have the most talented singing voice, there voice can be edited to sound much better than it is, resulting in them to have a career that could be considered false. You can often tell when an artist uses this type of technology as they sound much different between their live and album performances.