Since I was 12, I have busked in the Melbourne CBD, from Christmas Carols in the weeks leading up to the end of the year, through to my own compositions with Suit Yourself. I am incredibly disappointed to hear of the council's ban on amplified busking along Swanston Street, not only because the ban includes Suit Yourself's favourite busking location beside City Square, but because it is going to destroy the city's musical and universal atmosphere.
As a uni student, I understand how frugal we can be when it comes to all things; from cheap sushi between classes to hoarding any freebie handouts. However, amongst all this thriftiness, there has been an emerging trend of internet piracy, in which our generation expects they can torrent any music, movies and TV shows for free. Not only is this illegal, but it is robbing from hard working artists and producers that rely on the income from their works. For upcoming artists, like your average local pub gigger or the DJ living next door, music piracy can have an even more detrimental effect than it does on multi-millionaire superstars like Adele and David Guetta.
Bringing an end to music piracy is virtually impossible. Having said that, there are still ways to support your local music scene that has been disadvantaged by such illegal downloads. And even better, you don’t necessarily have to pay a cent!
I’m going to cut straight to the chase and say that Jacob Collier is bloody incredible. The young UK artist seems to be able to play everything, and he does so incredibly well and craftily. Only a couple of years older than me, Collier’s fusion of sounds is so beyond his years, that I can’t possibly imagine what’s next for this young superstar.
Jared loves to share his passion for music and artists through music reviews and commentaries. These include a selection of reviews written for community radio stations 3MBS and Radio Monash.