I look through NME 2012 ( or Q also) and I am so bored of the music coming out from the London labels these days – the usual predictable rock bands, bland pop for the tweeny market, and the introspectiveness of the guitar singer songwriter. There is little original or creative sounds going on.. it is all to a preset formula - like a sponge cake recipe that worked before it’s like saying ‘well let’s just stick with what we know will sell.’ It is boring and mind numbingly samey and even annoying to the ears.
Any true creativity offering something new never happens in the mainstream but rather in the peripheral edges.
There are the performers - Let Me Entertain You Robbie or Olly - and then is there is the real side of art and music - the writers and creatives and that’s what interests me.
As Joni Mitchell said, you can’t start out wanting to be both. Elton, Carly Simon, Dylan and Emeli Sande all started out as writers and later were performers also.