So this past Thursday was the Northeast showcase for Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series, and as far as I’m concerned, the thing was a total setup.
Let me start off by saying I am friends with two of the bands who played the showcase, Object and The Fuzz Haunted. So if you want to say I’m biased, fine. In reality, my friends are more talented than yours and I have better taste in music than you, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion.
The evening’s 6 finalists were hand picked by a team of “independent music professionals” at Billboard magazine. Billboard is as about as independent as McDonald’s. The lineup was deceptively diverse and included a DJ led trio, a classical guitarist and a jazz pianist. But therein lies the setup; you know they had no intention of picking any of those guys to be the winner. They wanted a more marketable, mainstream sounding independent who they could groom to be king of the prom.
The showcase was held at Crash Mansion in NYC. Crash Mansion is part of the BLVD complex, a one-stop shop for all your entertainment needs, brought to you by the innovative building solutions of CitiStructure. One of the more upscale clubs in the city, you can expect nothing less than high cover charges and exorbitantly priced drinks. The place was packed with “industry professionals” who looked like they were hired by a casting agency to be there. Entry level A&R types and some Jr. Executive assistants, enjoying the night out on the boss’ dime.
Scott Stapp and Claudio Sanchez form Glint
And who do they crown the grand prize winner? Why, none other than those self proclaimed pioneers of jambient rock, Glint. Glint is a band so insipid, so middle of the road, they make Maroon 5 look like King Crimson. Their sound is so thoroughly homogenized and innocuous, you hear traces of top 40′s past littered throughout. In other words, they are a band money can be made off of.
Glint contemplate their impending deflowering, oblivious to young Ms. Major Label’s penchant for strap-ons and ass rape.
All the other finalists were self promoted and distributed, but what about Glint? The band is backed by Rely Records, a so called independent made up of “a committed team of creative professionals with music business experience (including major labels), business & finance expertise, and creative technology abilities.” Glint were also recently featured on CBS’s The Early Show and were one of the 5 finalists in the Lollapalooza Last Band Standing contest. They have been getting a lot of press lately, so it only makes sense that they would headline the show and be crowned the winner. That’s right, the band in the headlining slot won the competition. How convenient. I’m gonna go on record here and say it was predetermined by everyone involved that Glint were going to win.