Great music isn’t about being “Liked” – Anthony Pateras

In preparation for the upcoming tētēma performance Anthony Pateras has recently spoken to the local press, including talking about Geocidal and current trends in the music industry.

It’s less than one week to go until tētēma take to the stage for their first ever live performance at the Tasmanian MOFO arts festival. In preparation for this, The Mercury has written an article titled ‘Mona Foma a blast from the past’.

For the article, they spoke with Anthony Pateras and discussed the tētēma album ‘Geocidal’ that he created with Mike Patton and his current opinion on the music industry.  Funnily enough, Trent Reznor recently expressed similar sentiments on the music industry, which we also cover.

Album cover for tētēma's Geocidal, which includes the track Tenz.

tētēma – Geocidal

Anthony Pateras Interview with The Mercury

On being booked by the Mofo festival:

They were the only festival crazy enough to book us.

On the themes behind Geocidal.

The de-realisation of our everyday lives via technology is something I became very focused on while making this music, and I guess I was striving with Mike to find a way to articulate that sonically – to create a space where some kind of commentary on that could exist, without being didactic or preachy.

On current trends in the music industry:

Music software is mostly about making money, not about providing useful creative tools for composers. It’s been developed to create an industry around the idea of creativity rather than creativity itself. I think musicians for the most part are becoming lazier – the software does the tuning, the feel is programmed, the rhythmic nuance is quantised …

Don’t get me wrong, there are good things happening. I just bought three great albums today, all made in 2016, but I’m a pedagogue too, and I sense attitudes are changing among the younger generation because so much of being alive for them is about being ‘Liked’. Great music isn’t about being liked. It’s about doing your thing with as much discipline, intensity and skill as you can muster. If someone understands it or gets something out of it, great, lucky you. But that shouldn’t be the focus.

Opinion Mirrors Trent Reznor’s

Anthony Pateras’ comments on the music industry reflect recent comments by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).  In an interview with Yahoo Music he said:

.. what has crept in is that everyone’s a commentator now. The Internet is giving voice to everybody thinking that someone gives a shit what they have to say and they have the right. I think, in general, that has created a toxic environment for artists and led to some very safe music.

Artists are trying to make music to please the tastemakers that tell the sheep what to like. It’s a vicious cycle and I think it’s unhealthy. I don’t see any Princes emerging on the scene today.

I see a lot of people making formulaic, made to please, vegan restaurant patron-type shit. And I think it creates an environment where people are too fuckin’ worried about what other people have to say. And people who have never made anything think it’s OK to talk shit about stuff they have no right to talk about. You got a Facebook account? Nobody gives a fuck. You haven’t achieved anything.

You can read the full article here.

Album cover for tētēma's Geocidal, which includes the track Tenz.

tētēma – Geocidal

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