Bandmo interviews Ilya Sitnikov from http://ihrtn.com/
Introduce yourself to our readers. Who are you and what is your background?
My name is Ilya (pronounced as Ee-ly-ah), I’m 28 years old (going on 29) and I was born in Russia, but moved to US when I was 17.
I’m a web developer by day, but music is my passion – I go to shows, I write reviews, I compile music by artists that I love and while I don’t play any instruments, I surely would love to learn how to do it in the future!
What relation do you have with music (past-time, passion, a business)?
Definitely a passion of mine – I’m not a part of the music business, nor am I affiliated with any music magazines.
I think that its a good thing – I can’t imagine being told what to write or talk about and most of the popular music magazines (as well as blogs) avoid talking about a lot of things that I like.
What do you think of the current state of music?
Haha – ok, I’m just kidding.
Its not all that bad (though I’ll do just fine without hearing another note of Justin Bieber’s, Drake’s or LMFAO’s music) and I don’t want to sound like an old geezer.
There’s still great music out there, it just takes some time to find it – see last.fm, bandcamp etc etc
Where do you think it’s heading?
Record stores and record labels will die slow death – or at least their role will be greatly diminished.
I hope that there will still be a good few left standing (especially smaller labels and specialized stores such as Weirdo Records that we have here in Cambridge), but such corporate monsters as Virgin Megastore…I’d say “Good riddance” to them.
As far as general atmosphere, I’d say that pop, dance and rap music will probably rule charts for awhile, while rock music will not (save for bands like Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Killers as well as already established acts from 80s/90s).
I also think that even in 2022 independent musicians will still have a hard time finding their audience. All the best of luck to them, nonetheless.
What are your favorite websites to discover new talent, any tips for our readers?
One word – Bandcamp!
I certainly am amazed at the amount of great music that I find in there – whether its avant-garde/experimental, pop, indie or anything else.
Recently I also got into turntable.fm – website which allows anyone to become a virtual DJ and play his/her favorite tunes. I certainly discovered plenty of music there that I wouldn’t have heard otherwise.
Then there’s last.fm, which is great for finding bands in different categories.
Last, but not least – blogs!
My favorites are – Brainwashed, Ampeater, Anti-Gravity Bunny, Built On A Weak Spot, To Eleven, Tome To The Weather Machine, Clicky Clicky Music, Bradley’s Almanac, Dysonsound, and Ryan’s Smashing Life. You should also check out IHRTN’s blogroll page
(http://ihrtn.com/blogroll/) to check out more of blogs that I love (too many to mention here, really).
Other sites that I’m constantly inspired by include Epitonic and Free Music Archive (I should also mention WZBC – our local radio station, which have some incredible playlists and shows).
What role will the internet play in the music industry future?
I still think that a lot of people download music via file-sharing programs – its no secret to anybody.
But hopefully more people will move away from downloading entire albums by artists that are just starting out – after all, there are plenty of places where you can download free music now and you don’t necessarily have to destroy people whose living depends on record sales (no
matter how dismal they might turn out to be).
Go to shows, support your favorite artists, support smaller labels and don’t feed the corporate ogre! That last part is a must.
Yes – its tough out there with the economy being the way it is right now (not everyone can afford to splurge $300 on Morrissey tickets – har har har), but at least you’ll know that you did your part in promoting your favorite band/artist.
Bandmo would like to thank Ilya Sitnikov for taking the time to participate in this interview. Head to http://ihrtn.com/ today.