10/5/2009 8:34 AM
Coming up in the December issue, we’ve got a cover story on the amazing identical-twin duo, Tegan and Sara. The interviews with Tegan Quin and producers Chris Walla (from Death Cab for Cutie) and Howard Redekopp were so great that they yielded 15,000 super-inspiring words. Cutting it all down to 3,400 almost killed me. But we’ll have some extra chunks of production tips and ideas from the interview for eqmag.com soon.
In doing my research for the story, I listened to Tegan and Sara’s amaaaazing new collaboration with Amsterdam-based trance superstar Tiësto called “Feel It in My Bones” (from his new album Kaleidoscope). I’ve been a fan of both artists for a long time.
Back in 2003, I hung out with Tiësto for a couple days in Amsterdam. It was pretty wild to watch how loyal and enraptured his fans were. I stood behind him in a little VIP booth while he DJ’d at a small (for him) 2,000-capacity club. People were losing their minds. And I get it. Trance music can be a sort of out-of-body experience with its rollercoaster of emotional, dynamic mountains and valleys.
Meanwhile, I love Tegan and Sara. They write such incredibly catchy vocal hooks. I’m a huge fan of “Back in Your Head” and “Walking With a Ghost,” just to name a couple songs I love. Their new album, Sainthood, is fantastic, too.
And “Feel It in My Bones” is one of those songs that I want to hear ten times in a row. Love it. So I was somewhat shocked to read the comments on YouTube about the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNyvZv_r60I
The dissenting opinions are quite passionate. One common factor was the difference between European and American audiences. Some of the comments I read from Europeans were exceptionally angry that Tiësto wasn’t staying true to his trance roots and was making “pop dance crap.” And then there are the people (oftentimes, more so Americans) raving about how much they love it.
The opposing opinions are literally pouring in by the hour—people who hate that Tiësto’s trying something new and people who love it. Lots of ALL CAPS. Some people say “he’s evolved” and that “he’s a God.” Some people are heartbroken, saying things like, “You f**ked up my idol image of you.”
This made me think: If you’re a popular musician/artist, how can you not be paralyzed by the sheer volume and range of opinions about what you do? My guess is that Tiësto doesn’t read the comments (not like he has time). Artists should do what they are moved to create, not be bullied by their fans who “expect” a certain style or sound from them. To hell with the naysayers! You can't possibly come close to pleasing everyone, so stay strong with your convictions and create what you want to create!