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Alternative Music is an Admired Art That Brings Listeners on a Musical Journey

By Scott Pietschker
On November 2, 2016

Photo by Scott Pietschker



Alternative music is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “Music that is produced by performers who are outside the musical mainstream, that is typically regarded as more eclectic, original, or challenging than most popular music.” Alternative music can be one of the most interesting musical choices you can listen to. From local bands to the more popular alternative artists, alternative music is an art that many artists cannot achieve. Many artists who pride themselves on this art form have such a cult following, that many fans of mainstream artists cannot comprehend the love that these followers have.

With most alternative artists, shows can be a musical journey. These artists do not receive the amount of airtime or popularity on media outlets. The fans who go to the shows have a personal, almost 1-on-1 experience with the band itself. Tickets are not normally expensive, so almost anyone can go. In the experiences that I have had with smaller concerts, they were the best times of my life. You feel as if you’re a part of something bigger, almost as if nothing else matters in the world. Those few hours can be a magical time where you can get away from the troubles of our world, and focus on one thing, the band, with other people who have the same passion that you do.

Failure, an alternative band that you probably never heard of in your life, was one of the greatest concerts I have ever been to. It was at Webster Hall in New York City, and was sitting in the front row. To see the band that you have been listening to for a few months right before your eyes is a feeling that you cannot replicate by listening to their music at home. You can see mainstream artists play their music in arenas, but you either have to be very wealthy to actually be close to the artist, or you are in the nosebleeds. It is kind of a buzzkill to finally arrive at a concert and walking all the way up to barely see your favorite artists. In smaller venues, you have that experience of being close to the artist, as if you and them are together.

So if you are listening to a popular band on the internet, try not to. Try to support the bands and artists who are attempting something different. Open your outlook and opinion on bands that you would never listen to, because you might just find something that you really like, and if you have the opportunity to go to a live show, do not hold back, because more times than not, you will have an excellent time and meet some new people with common interests as you. 


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