When I tell someone that I write music and make records, the question, “What kind of music do you play?” invariable follows.
I know I should have an answer ready to go, but I honestly don’t know how to answer this question.
Now that I’m getting ready to drop my third record, I think I should spend some more time thinking about this. It’s about time I formulate an answer.
To my credit, I don’t think or say that one should “just listen” to my records and come to their own conclusions. I dislike it when people say that. My problem is that I generally assume that the person isn’t really interested in listening to my records because I don’t think people really listen to records anymore. But that’s not a helpful attitude, either.
I recently read a blog post on CD Baby that talked about this very issue. This blog post recommends not answering this question by listing your influences. I see now why they have to say that. Thinking about my own situation, I would much rather tell you the cool music I listen to rather than how I perceive my music. It’s easier and ultimately more impressive to say that I was influenced by Al Green, NRBQ, Ry Cooder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Morrissey rather than saying directly that I think I am this or that.
The key is to use generic terms. The point is to not be creative. Here are 5 generic genre tems I have chosen.
What do you think? Is this an accurate list or do you think I should use some other genre descriptor?