Interview: Sounds Good

Mytacism Music: Hi Adam!

Sounds Good: Hey Emily what’s up?

What made you want to become a music blogger?

I think I was around 18 and having a bit of an existential crisis. My hair was too long for its own good, puberty was hurting like a mothafuckah and I was stuck in a phase of being bored with everything I was listening to at the time. I was also bored of the radio and media trying to make my music taste for me so turned to the internet in a defiant act of sticking it to “the man”.

A mate of mine started contributing music reviews to a little local music blog that I cannot remember the name of, and I got jealous. He was able to check out music from a band I never heard of before, and part of me really wanted to do that too, so I started writing my own reviews and after a week or two of cringing heavily I pressed that publish button and well…here we are now.

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You’ve had a few different blogs over the past few years; give us a brief history of your blogging past?

I’ve had three different blogs in about five years of blogging. I started out with Elusive Little Comments for about a year and a half, which actually got somewhat popular until personal events happened in life that made me fall out of love with anything for a while. I tried to come back to consistently blogging again but kept failing each week because of anxiety issues, so decided to scrap it altogether.

A month or so passed and I felt the buzz come back to write about music, but I didn’t want to come back to the audience of ELC so decided to ease my way back into things by starting Exploding Head Syndrome. That was going good again until I started getting too restless on the look and theme of the site, so scrapped that too. I’m really good at sticking to things. Sounds Good is the latest blog of mine, and I love it dearly.

What’s made you finally settle on Sounds Good and what makes it different to your past blogs?

I wanted to create a blog that was the perfect setting for my style of writing. I know I’m not gonna be grabbing everybody’s attention writing about a certain artist so like to have a bit of fun with words so that the people who do read it are entertained. I also like to add little touches of personality to the reviews by diving into stories or memories I’ve kept locked in the cringe chamber for years to make the whole writing process entertaining for me also.

With Elusive Little Comments and Exploding Head Syndrome I felt like I had stop and started back up again too many times to really keep momentum going for them, and with these breaks happening somewhat frequently at a point where they were semi-reputable and semi-popular made me feel too much in the spotlight to deliver. I don’t think I would still be writing reviews today if I stuck with them, whereas I feel much more comfortable in this little nook called Sounds Good.

Is there a main aim behind Sounds Good?

Not really outside of posting what I think sounds good, and promoting artists who are just starting out or are quite small in terms of following and reputation. To me there’s no real point focusing on posting about the current hot trend or always reviewing music from the biggest artists because everybody’s going to do that, so throwing some light onto the guy who’s been recording lo-fi sessions in his bedroom or the band from a little town in the UK who have just released their debut single is much more satisfying to me.

Have you got any advice for artists making music?

Play the music that you want to hear, and don’t try to think about what “they” think. Whether it be the media, strangers or even friends, create music that makes you want to dance your little butt off, as people are gonna flock to it regardless of what it is. You like bagpipes layered on top of harsh DnB? Play that shit man, who cares. It’s gonna knock somebody’s socks off someday.

What sort of content can readers be expecting from you in both the near and distant future?

Definitely more of the same, I feel the blog currently has a nice balance of reviews and other bits of content such as the interviews, gig reviews and the Liner Notes series too. In the future I would like to start branching out so that Sounds Good expands into an even bigger source of new music for people to sink their teeth into.

I’ve also been umming and ahhing a lot over the past few months about starting up a podcast, but have too much anxiety and not enough time to sit down properly to record it. I reckon it’d be a nice way to break up the content a little bit by producing something that involves me talking rather than typing, and doing a 20-40 minute podcast featuring tunes from new artists while also getting people involved and answering questions etc would be really cool. Perhaps in the New Year I’ll look into it further.

What’s your favourite thing about being the man behind Sounds Good?

Other than being able to say that music sounds “good enough to pound my dick into the ground” I really like the community behind it all. I’ve met some wonderful people (hi Emily!) since I’ve started and continue to discover numerous music blogs who do the same thing as me but a whole lot better and more professionally too.

Getting connected to record labels, PR companies and bands is also a cool thing. I especially love receiving emails from bands that have genuinely typed up the submission for your eyes only, and appreciate any sort of review we could churn out for them. Seeing a particular band retweet or post about a review you’ve written about them is the sweetest feeling in the world, and is the main reason why I’m still writing to this day.

Are there any downsides to blogging?

Easy: Emails. Freakin’ emails dude! 99% of the time the emails I receive are either a blatant copy and paste job, or don’t feature my name or the blog anywhere, or simply contain links to the song and that’s it. I hate it. If you haven’t got the effort to send me a genuine email with helpful links to songs and bios and whatnot then I’m not gonna spend effort writing a review. The worst email I received simply said “Hi Myles!” and a link to a song. That was it. It was like getting dickslapped on both sides of the face.

And, to finish off, have you got a current favourite artist that you could recommend to us?

There’s a bunch that I could reel off right now but this would bloat these answers out even more, but special shoutouts to Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt, everybody on Clue Records, Everywhere, Girl Friend, Lampshades and everybody else I can’t think of right now. One particularly current favourite artist is Howlie however. This dude is a Canadian singer-songwriter who records sweet, personal acoustic tunes in his bedroom on a tape track and I think I’m in love with him. His submission email was so personal and lovely, and he revealed that it was the first he had sent to any music blog EVER because he suffers from anxiety about it. It was impossible not to want to help him out after that, and I don’t know why he feels sort of scared to promote himself – his music’s awesome.

Also, thank you so hard for interviewing me. It’s been really fun being able to talk about myself in the most modest way possible, and kind of cool to dig into my mind for answers to questions I’ve never really had to answer before. Mytacism Music is dead good, and I’m an avid reader as I look through it for new music to check out. Nice one!

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