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Does the Personality of the Artist Change the Way You Listen to Music?

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While recently listening to Lady Gaga’s new track, Judas, I thought of how much she has changed. Not just her musical style but also her personality and the way she appears to her fans. This got me thinking even more, I personally don’t know if listeners out there really think of how musicians change when they get more popular. As for me, I have been on movie sets where I witnessed the true meaning of “candid celebrities”. And while I also deal with musicians for events and such, I also see how superficial and sometimes annoyingly cocky these bands can really get. But as a student who interns and really sees what goes on behind the scenes – do the fans of these popular artists do? It’s amazing how record labels and artists can sometimes blind the fans on how they come off on screen and how they really are behind it. This got me thinking; does the personality of the musician really affect the music that they make and the fans who support them?

I remember watching an interview of Lady Gaga with Louie La Vella back in 2008 at the Winter Music Conference. This interview was conducted right before she shot her first music video for Just Dance, this was the true emerging artist before her Fame Monster. If you watch the interview, you will see how different she has become. Gaga was one hundred percent about her LABEL, her music and for once, she was hyper. Not only is this a different side of Gaga that many fans have probably never seen but she also talked a lot about her background as an Italian and the fact that Interscope has helped her a lot.

Now moving on to 2010 when she agreed to do a live studio interview, answering questions from her fans. I was amazed by the contrast between the two interviews and how much she has changed physically and personality wise. She appeared to be much calmer and quieter than her 2008 interview. It demonstrates how fame can really change an artist and how they appear to be.

Now you’re thinking, Connie, what is your point? My point is – does this change the way we feel about their music or in the end does the personality of the musician really matter? I personally still love her music. And it illustrates how unimportant it is for hating on the person from that one band and how it will not make difference for the music they make. Sure some musicians may come off as a prick, but do you still enjoy their music? My argument in the end is that people shouldn’t be music elitist if they purely depend on the music they listen to on the artist themselves. Gaga might of changed but I feel that her music is still on a good level with me. She might not be the perfect example to show, but what I’m trying to state is that people should just enjoy music the way they want it and hating and judging other people on what music they listen to is just stupid.

Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Grum Remix)

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Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Dada Life Remix)

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- Constance

Mash-Up Mondays: The Hood Internet

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I discovered The Hood Internet about a year ago on Hype Machine and since then I have been checking their website weekly for their latest tracks. It amazes me how many well produced mash-ups that these guys put up every time I visit their site. For those who are just starting out to be a DJ or a Producer they would know that in the beginning of producing and mixing a track…is not an easy task to do. It takes a while for people to understand and master the skills of beat matching. But for now, enjoy this week’s mash-ups by The Hood Internet.

Freeze, Barbra! – Young Dro Vs. Duck Sauce

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Someday We’ll Find Your Love – Drake Vs. Grum

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I XXXOed – M.I.A. Vs. Sufjan Stevens

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Room-Noise Radio Show LIVE TODAY!

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Season three of Room-Noise on SPIRITLive.Net is back TODAY!
Every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Message me if you want to be a guest on the show!
Feel free to skype/gmail chat with me live – http://facebook.com/constancechan

INSTRUCTIONS TO LISTEN LIVE:
- Go to http://spiritlive.net
- Then go to the Top RIGHT hand corner and click TUNE INTO SPIRIT
- And it will take you to my live show!

Each week I will try to focus on one or two DJs and their featured remixes and mash-ups.

Today’s theme will be Nu-Disco.

PLAYLIST:

I Could Be Wrong (feat. Ezra Koenig) – Chromeo

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Barbara Streisand (O-God Remix) – Duck Sauce

I Think I Like It – Fake Blood

Lets Go Together (Grum Remix) – Gamble and Burke

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Sometimes (Shazam Remix) – Miami Horror

Holidays – Miami Horror

Something Good We Can Work On (The Twelves Remix) – Two Door Cinema Club

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- Constance Chan

Concert Review: Marina and the Diamonds

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Marina and the Diamonds is an indie pop band fronted by Welsh singer Marina Diamandis. Formed in 2007, Marina’s debut album, The Family Jewels, has received various praises from publications such as BBC Music and NME. Marina describes her image as “vintage, cheerleader, and cartoon”, and draws inspiration from a range of artists, including PJ Harvey and Dolly Parton.

“I fucking love you, Marina!”

They’re the first coherent words shouted from the crowd as Marina graces the stage at around half past nine in Toronto’s Opera House. While the crowd cheers away, the overly enthusiastic fan is only a few feet from my right, writhing in what appears to be orgiastic bliss. His girlfriend stands behind him, slightly embarrassed. The object of his obsession, decked in bright Ray-Bans, and black pajamas scattered with florescent pink hearts, smiles demurely and giggles from the stage.

This description pretty much sets the mood for the entirety of the concert. Marina, from the very start, is the centre of the crowd’s attention. While some of it may have to do with the solemnity that’s often apparent as she belts out her tunes (not unlike Lady Gaga’s deep and utter respect for the undying art that is pop), it is her sweet and playful persona that easily makes her an audience darling. Using props (including two glowing florescent hearts during her performance of I Am Not A Robot) and her own infectious enthusiasm, Marina very clearly tries to make up for an economic but basic stage set-up.

However lacking the aesthetic aspect of the show, the music is in top form. As an avid listener to the debut album, it’s kind of eerie how very studio the music sounds. Kicking off with The Outsider, the rest of the show revels in the same pop-alternative genre reminiscent of other British exports such as Mika and Lily Allen, with a foundation in a definitive eighties synth. Marina’s own warbling vocals sounds like it’s straight off the CD, delighting us fans with a piano rendition of Obsessions in her familiar style. In an escape for the normally hectic beat of her songs, Marina slowed down the last song of 3OH!3’s Starstrukk, making the chorus sound even more ridiculous as it does in its’ regular tempo. Though Marina and her band mates leave the stage, not two minutes later they return, for their, in my opinion, most sought after single, Mowgli’s Road. The crowd goes wild.

Though scarcity on stage values is a reality for all fledgling bands, there’s enough energy from the lead singer to forget the need for theatrics. Though always great on the IPod, Marina’s tunes are made to be played in a hall with eager fans and endless fervor.

The guy to my right would agree.

- Steph Lauren

Download:
Oh No! – Marina and the Diamonds (GRUM Remix) [MP3]:

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Shampain – Marina and the Diamonds [MP3]:

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