Hey, Hey It’s Peer Review Time Again

Hey, hey! 

Once again I have been given the opportunity to share some feedback to my fellow peers in University. This is an important process because the act of giving and receiving feedback “clarifies expectations, helps people learn from their mistakes and builds confidence.”

Charlie has chosen the niche of design, and it is incredibly displayed throughout their work. The blog post is stunning, pretty and delicate, and the same goes for the video. This explains visually how much depth and understanding of the context they mention. They align it back to lecture content, and other research, all the while having a professional feel. 

Charlie has created a very lovely piece of work not just in facts, detail and experience. This, and the touch of professionalism, is something I want to carry through my own projects and works and can learn from them. 

Andrea is exploring the world of gaming in relation to being a female gamer, and this stuck out to me and was incredibly catching. There is a personal attachment, experience and understanding at play here that helps further persona. Their work is explorative, touches on points from the lectures and class content and drawing connections really well. It flowed nicely and was very clear. 

Something Andrea does well is the way they are still very personal in the process of their project but is able to make that translate with lecture drawbacks. This is something I know I can be better at, and want to be, and will learn from them. 

I remember Hannah’s project DA earlier in the semester, and having the opportunity to peer review the Pitch for it. It was amazing to see how it has progressed, and even how much everything has grown. It was detailed in explaining the process, goals, and feedback to an audience. Everything fit together, including the layout and in depth research and lecture content. Especially framework. 

Framework is something I struggle to bring up in my work, whether that’s from having too much content and not leaving room for much or not connecting it well enough. This is something I can take away and learn from Hannah in the future. 

As always, it is an immense pleasure to be able to review my peers’ work and I take away so much from doing so. I know from myself how helpful peer reviews can be in perspective and growth and I aim to be just as helpful in the comments I share. 

REFERENCE 


HR Central. (2018, May 4). HR central. Com.Au. https://hrcentral.com.au/blog/feedback/

“Burning Bridges, Searching For Some Sense Of Distance ” – I’m Still Searching

Hey, hey!

I want to continue on from the last post to do with this project and expand on some things. 

I touched on slightly the issues within my chosen niche surrounding diversity, and how I support and engage with the shift that is very much needed to move away from that. To be fair, I have grown up around this type of music, and I can honestly say after observing after all this time there is still an incredibly lack of anything diverse. It’s why I like to bring attention to the moment it’s there. I have kept reading about it as a way to gain outside perspective. 

“Pop punk has existed in the mainstream for over 40 years, yet there’s no signs of progress in diversification…The article features some groups with one or two female members, but the lack of racial diversity is striking. This article was published in 2019…”

One part of this article here that really struck out to me was “we need to hold the publications reporting on the genre and media promoting it accountable.” As someone who is trying to turn my own writing into something here, this is something to be accountable for. And goes right in hand with my previous epiphany of ethics in writing and working within this world. 

In some way, I believe this idea and execution to fall within the realm of Post-Modernism framework. This push for less misogyny, more diversity, and stands against abuse is a modern take – which is sad to think about but it is. “Postmodernists dismiss this idea as a kind of naive realism.”

Another aspect of Post-Modernism would be the cultural shifts in the wave right now. I have mentioned before about the aspect of blending genres and how the current Pop Punk era is influenced by this and by the Emo Rap era of the 2010’s. 

For example, these two  reads

“The genres aren’t that different, when you break them down. Emo is lyrical, emotional, and rooted in its aesthetics. So is rap and hip-hop.”

“Not in competition, with one fighting to win out over the other…but working in tandem to create something more than what they might offer individually…“I’ve experienced a lot of snobbery with the older generations at shows and online,” the London and LA-based DJ explains, ​“whereas the young fans I’ve met who are coming to their first gigs are so open-minded. They’ve grown up with the internet and are used to genre-hopping. They love the new concoctions of genres, which is so fresh and exciting.” 

This DA, my work, is aiming to make a stance in the world of music, it is important for my authenticity of Persona and it is Postmodern in action.

REFERENCES

Boas, S. (2020, June 17). Boas: Pop punk has a diversity problem. Northbynorthwestern.Com; North by Northwestern. https://northbynorthwestern.com/boas-pop-punk-has-a-diversity-problem/

Duignan, B. (2020). Postmodernism. In Encyclopedia Britannica.

From Lil peep to paramore, Emo and rap have been related for years. (n.d.). Kerrang.Com. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.kerrang.com/features/from-lil-peep-to-paramore-emo-and-rap-have-been-related-for-years/

How Emo rap has redefined rock music. (n.d.). Kerrang.Com. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.kerrang.com/features/how-emo-rap-has-redefined-rock-music/

“You’re Still In My Head” – Going Deeper

Hey, hey!

As I have mentioned before, the niche of mine which I’m focusing on this semester is music, particularly that within pop punk or emo type subculture. 

Part of the research for this project is meant to be observing – but I don’t know how to articulate when I am no longer observing. I live with this idea that music is a hobby and a personality trait if you’re into it strong enough. Some evidence of observing is the way so many artists released music around when this project picked up – insanely helpful. This formulated my need to have everything in one place and create a playlist, which wasn’t something I originally intended. 

An important discussion particularly within this genre is the lack of diversity and misogyny for decades. While I have firsthand experiences and knowledge from living through this community, this led to me taking on readings. This was helpful for this project because I know, ultimately, with my work I want to be a part of that shift that is finally starting to happen. I’ve touched on it, I’ve centred Women, Non-Binary and POC in my work and always will. 

“It’s essential to disrupt these narratives and hold White men accountable if we want to fight racism and sexism in our communities…To these men and boys, you are not a whole, unique person — You are A Thing and He Wants You. You are the Manic Pixie Dream Girl to their brooding, sensitive loner…The misogyny in pop punk ranges from idolizing women to wishing actual physical violence on to them…”

Not just from observing, but engaging, I came to the realisation that this to me is a lot more than just a project. I create this content outside of Uni, I enjoy doing so, and creating relationships with people working within the same line and artists became relevant quickly. Not just for this project but my future – which this DA has given me a moment to think about. This contributes to my ideas of ethics. 

Persona is an incredibly important aspect in this project, but so is authenticity. I don’t just say I like some bands music if I don’t – even if I know it can get me engagement. This is somewhat because I am honest about if I even like something and because I care about my persona being authentic to me. I don’t present myself as a part of the aesthetics, the communities, the live shows for anything other than enjoyment and that is the key with this project. I make good content that I’m happy with, I meet new industry people, and it doesn’t get impacted by fake love, a fake persona.  

REFERENCES

Berkland, D. (n.d.). Androcentrism and misogyny in late twentieth century rock music. Core.Ac.Uk. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/145050367.pdf

de Boise, S. (2020). Music and misogyny: a content analysis of misogynistic, antifeminist forums. Popular Music39(3–4), 459–481.

Fosbraey, G., & Puckey, N. (2021). Misogyny, toxic masculinity, and heteronormativity in post-2000 popular music. Springer Nature.

West, E. (2015, August 27). “where is your boy tonight?”: Misogyny in pop punk. Athena Talks. https://medium.com/athena-talks/where-is-your-boy-tonight-misogyny-in-pop-punk-669eccedc811

“Now I’m Caught In The Moment” – Simply Taylorlani Is Progressing

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I would like to welcome you back to one of my Digital Artefacts for this semester, and if you’re new here you can read the Pitch for this project here

In regards to Pitch feedback, it was mainly positive. I received comments on my aesthetic, instagram feed, and my personal tone. This was very helpful in furthering the process of creating content and being sure of my online persona. One of the things stated to be improved on was my academic sources to further my points which I have spent some time to improve. 

weekly song and album examples

I looked at a number of sources on the rise of genre blending and the breaking of genre boxes. This was helpful in regards to my writing as the new wave artists I have featured are very much pro breaking down those walls. 

I have been sharing written pieces here on my blog, along with content on my Instagram @simplytaylorlani centred around weekly songs and albums. Along with this I have created a playlist where I showcase artists mentioned in my work. These things have had positives and negative contributions to this project. Such as narrowing now what type of writing gets engagement and which doesn’t from mistakes and lessons, what times get the most views, techniques on which style of tweets gets my work noticed by musicians I feature.

screenshot from a class

For a further breakdown of this project over the weeks please check out this video. It goes further in depth with everything mentioned above. 

I’ve Been Much Better But At Least I’m Healing – Song’s To Listen To When Alone At Night

One of my favourite things about Pop Punk is the way it made me feel, especially when I was younger and would spend hours on Tumblr. It is simply one of my favourite genres to listen to when I’m sad alone at night. And I have been doing so for years at this point which is why I think I’m ready to share a collection of songs that are perfect for those moments. Not everything here is Pop Punk to be fair, but a fair amount is, not that you need to apply genre’s to everything. I’ve said it before but never box yourself in with that.

This isn’t a complete list or anything, there are tons of songs, of albums, of playlists that could be here. But for now here’s 12.

How To Never Stop Being Sad – Dandelion Hands

Would you call this Pop Punk? Some say yes, some say no, some would probably suggest it being more Midwest, either way I’m 100% including it. The thing about Dandelion Hands is that their music is the opposite of a hug, if that makes sense. It tends to leave me senseless in a way that I can’t stop staring at the ceiling and playing over my own mundane actions of life. It’s not comforting, but you don’t want it to be, not really. It’s a moment of “oh”. It is simply something you need to experience at least once. 

The Night I Drove Alone – Citizen

This right here is a classic Sad Boi anthem and if you’re into this style of music it is probably no surprise that it is here. Have I sobbed to Citizen multiple times? Absolutely. Is it usually at night in some of my darkest moments? Correct, yeah. Do I think you should give it a listen in those times for you? Yes, yes I do. Citizen nail this thing about gripping vocals that make me feel as if I’m screaming from the heart.

High Definition – Waterparks

This might be my favourite song on this list, mostly because it is one of my favourite songs of all time. I will take no slander for it at all. I don’t think I can even describe what it is about this song. All I know is I relate to it too much sometimes, and perhaps you will too. Especially if you struggle with ideas of love. Awsten sometimes says this is the best song he’s ever written and I hope you take a moment to listen to it.

Bummer Summer – Charmer

Oh, I cannot even translate how dearly I love this classic midwest-y tune. It is just something you need to experience. It, like most of this style of music, reminds me so much of fall and broken promises. It leaves me feeling a little less empty, but a little more sighing in sadness.

July (Part One) – Hotel Books

Only listen to Hotel Books if you really want to be broken. Or, maybe, you already are broken and just need reminding of it. If you need something to scream about, something to violently sob for a second if you really relate to the context of this. I’m sorry if you do, but please take this as my offering to you.

Whole – Basement

Just – just listen to it. In fact just listen to Basement. I’m losing my words here.

Losing Days – Hot Mulligan

Hot Mulligan is one of those bands that I listen to when I’m sad, happy or ready to think about my existence. I really thank them for that ability, and the fact that their Twitter really radiates some kind of energy that makes their music more enjoyable than it already is. Losing Days is only one of many songs I recommend listening to late at night in your room.

I Usually Call This One “Dying” – Gloom

Ah this, this doesn’t necessarily sound sad, not really. But it’s a nice breather between the others I have mentioned. I don’t really know a lot of people who listen to Gloom, but I will suggest it. This is a song that’s a vibe, reminds me of when my fairy lights flicker as I cry a little.

It’s Too Much – Moose Blood

Okay, I know people either love or hate Moose Blood and this genre has a ton of issues from bands. But this song, hell any of their songs? So good and I hate it. Moose Blood had music I loved early on in my exploration of Pop Punk and I cry often to them. It is just, I really can’t explain it, so beautifully sad. 

Sixteen – Real Friends

Oh, Oh Real Friends. I treasure them with my entire heart. They are the perfect sad band for me. I love everything they’ve done, even if it leaves me upset clinging to a pillow remembering my pain that never really leaves. This song is one that if you take anything away from this post at all, is that you should listen to it.

The Grey – Movements

Like Real Friends, Movements is that band that can fill a song with a broken heart, trauma and loneliness in a way I am obsessed with. Their Feel Something album is quite loved for this reason, and yes this song comes from there. Movements are like a blanket to me, they weigh me down but comfort me at once. I love them so much.

Well Adjusted – Summer Wars

There’s something about being an anxious person to the core and cold, rainy weather that Well Adjusted pulls out of me. I don’t just listen to this at night, but it hurts me a little more when it is. I am not well adjusted, I like to think I will be one day, and everyday I get up and attempt to be so. However, in those times where I am down so many levels this song is like taking a hammer to me feelings.

I recommend listening to these tunes. Really, each song here makes me feel things when it’s 3am, I’m staring at the ceiling, and I have a Uni class in a few hours. I cry to music a lot, and sometimes it makes no sense when I do. Like why do I cry to Future? That – that one makes no goddamn sense at all. However, these song’s right here are perfectly crafted for these moments of loneliness.

You can find each of the song’s mentioned here in this playlist of mine that includes the artists and music I talk about for University.

The Words’ll Never Come Out Right – Pop Punk Artist’s You Should Be Paying Attention To

In recent time’s Pop Punk has come again into the light of mainstream attention as it did when bands like Yellowcard, Blink-182, Good Charlotte, and All American Rejects were played constantly on the radio or the soundtracks of movies. History repeats itself constantly, so really it should be no surprise that it has once again caught on – at least for the moment.

I have no issue with this. Like I said it’s not the first time and really it’s a way for kids to discover things. Not to mention some of what has arisen from the current spotlight has been pretty decent. That being said, the mainstream lane right now is not at all what is happening within the genre. The only way I can describe it is that no matter how many different eras/styles there are to choose from – neon, skate, sad boi, etc – they only ever go for the same thing. Nostalgia, let’s revise the sound of what mainstream Pop Punk used to be. It’s always the same thing with a new face and a hint of contemporary to make it “now”. And to be honest I get it. It’s smart, who doesn’t fall for nostalgia? But really that whole lane is completely separate to the current state of the genre. The way popular culture picks things up is not to be a part of what the current wave is doing, from what is actually happening.

For a while Pop Punk from the 2010’s hit a rut, even me who adores this genre won’t hesitate to say so. It becomes, like most genres do, over-saturated with copies and personations. So with that being said, nothing within the genre really was interesting for a while.

At least, I think so, until now.

The new wave that has been appearing for a moment has been encpatualising. It has not completely moved from the ‘Sad Boi’ tumblr style, but it is totally switched up. I think after that massive hit of Emo Rap we had, bands have started to adapt to this way of not sticking to one thing anymore. In my opinion it’s great, amazing even. Especially when everyone has different ways of incorporating multiple things. Not to mention the features! The 2010’s era was full of features from other artists, bands, from the genre and it was great for sure. But now? I don’t think I’ve encountered as many slight rap crossovers as this new wave has been bringing. And no, I’m not talking about MGk’s album, I mean the artists who are separate from the spotlight.

Part of the reason why I wanted to write this was to share some really great artists who are being overshadowed by mainstream popular culture though. Of course someone within that is going to be a more prominent result when searching new wave Pop Punk than a band with a single EP.

SO, THE ARTISTS?

If I’m being completely frank right now, this isn’t a long list. This is partly because I have hardly been engaging with the Pop Punk scene for a while, just glimpses here and there. Not because I don’t love it, not because I hate it, but simply because I enjoy so many different types of music that it just hasn’t been my main focus right now. That’s okay though, and it leaves room for me to make an updated list in the future, but for now here are a few artists you should be paying attention to.

Magnolia Park

I discovered Magnolia Park from tiktok of all places. I was just aimlessly scrolling, as we all don’t lie, when a snipped for one of their songs and the band came up. Paired with ‘can we be your new favourite Pop Punk band?” text I stopped to pay attention. It was great marketing, I’m not gonna lie. Hell, these kids didn’t even have a single EP when I found them, yet I was actually interested.

They sounded like a mix of classic upbeat Pop Punk with this newer level of production and mixing that would have been labeled as ‘fake auto-tune bullshit’ from those types of fans. To be honest, this whole new era probably is labeled just like that to them. 

I would also like to point out that Pop Punk for the longest time, and taking a look at the mainstream counterpart right now, is very white. Really, most of who you’ll encounter are just pretty white boy’s, and while that was kind of the ‘midwest, angry, white guy’ frontman was a thing for a while, it’s kind of fucked. Magnolia Park features more than one, and not ‘just thrown in there’, POC unlike most in the genre. Actually, it was part of the reason they caught my eye.

Magnolia Park is a five piece pop punk/alternative rock band from Orlando, Florida. The band blends elements of hip hop, pop punk and Emo rock to create a captivating sound and haunting aesthetic. Their music is produced by legendary alternative rock/pop punk producer Andrew Wade of The Audio Compound, who has worked with bands like A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, Wage War, Real Friends, and more.

Magnoliaparkband.com

As smaller artists they’ve done quite a bit of collabs and brought people to feature on tracks. This is a really smart thing. For example, ‘TDH2S’ from their ‘Dream Eater’ EP feature’s Oliver Baxxter, the vocalist for Broadside. While Broadside isn’t a name like The Story So Far or Neck Deep, their existing presence within Pop Punk is there. Along with that, ‘Back on My Bullshit’ which was a popular single before the release of the EP, features iamjakehill. Both of these and others, especially with the appearance of popular emo boy Kellin Quinn, have enabled the band to engage with multiple different audiences before even an album.

To me, Magnolia Park really encaptualates what modern Pop Punk is and needs to be. It’s so interesting and different from where we just were in the genre, and I honestly just adore them. I can’t recomend them enough.

Point North

I think Point North has been around for a little bit, and to be honest I still don’t really hear many talk about them. It could be due to the fact that they’ve always had this new wave style to some extent a part of their music, and like I said before, people don’t ‘like that’. I first heard Point North because of Spotify – thank you Spotify so much – all from their cover of Nothing, Nowhere’s ‘Hammer’. It’s nothing like the original, it’s fast and loud and high energy. Honestly, I would describe most of their music like that. I love Nothing, Nowhere but that cover tops the original by far.

Point North have two albums, ‘A Light in a Dark Place’ (2018), and ‘Brand New Vision’ (2020). Both of these, to me, really express the type of stylistic choice Pop Punk is having currently. Their 2021 singles, especially ‘Nice Now’, are bright, loud and evocative, something that has always stood out to me with them.

Though most of their stuff goes back to 2018, a moment when the 2010’s had kind of a stand still in defined sound, I think they’re gonna thrive with where this genre is headed. You can already feel it with the release of their second album mid 2020, and now with a new single every few months. They’re picking up this fire momentum, something I think will get them far. Like Magnolia Park, Point North has had a feature from the infamous Kellin Quinn, who from the looks of things really enjoys getting involved with smaller artists.

Meet Me @ The Altar

As I mentioned above, Pop Punk always had a white dominating scene, and along with that male. I know you’re probably sitting there like ‘but hey Paramore!’ and you’re right, sure. However, the amount of discourse over Paramore being simply just a Pop band was everywhere in the 2000’s and 2010’s. It really wasn’t about the music, it was just about the fact Hayley Williams is female. Not to mention, Tonight Alive and Against The Current are both female fronted bands that never got anything as much as others based simply on gender. There’s this stereotype of ‘Misogynistic Pop Punk’, lyrically and community wise, and for the longest time it completely was.

I say all this because one of the incredible driving factors of this new wave is the diversity in race and gender. And Meet Me @ The Altar is making impacts in changing how the scene has been for the better.

Once again I did find their music through TikTok, which is proving to be a solid platform for music artists. Honestly, I didn’t come across them themselves, I saw many different people talking about them instead. The thing with this genre is that it is incredibly closed off, or used to be, and so many fans still want that for it. Which is why when you hear a lot of people talking about the same artist, especially newer, they’re usually really good. And boy, are Meet Me @ The Altar is.

An exhilarating blast of sticky-sweet vocals, fluttery electric riffs, and a dangerously catchy chorus (“Your flowers will finally grow!”), it’s all but guaranteed to have you longing for the days of black eyeliner and studded belts.

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Meet Me @ The Altar is really moving this genre forward at such a fast pace, and I do wholeheartedly put a lot of the new transitions that are happening to them. Their song ‘Hit Like A Girl’ is completely an anthem for me. It’s something I wish younger me could sing along to rather than ‘Do you look yourself, straight in the eyes and think about who you let between your thighs?’. It’s been time for change for a while, and it’s here finally. If you should pay attention to anyone on this list, if anyone I have mentioned is going to make massive headways, it is them and you should really, really check them out.

Honourable Mention – Lil Lotus

Okay, I know this might get me disliked by some people. Which is fine, I don’t really care if you’re gonna disagree about this.

I mentioned before how the Emo Rap movement that we had in the 2010’s really aided in some newer influence, to bring things together in production and out stepping genre boxes. However, that goes both ways. There are so many artists within that scene, or even those who’ve transitioned from musician to producer, who came from Pop Punk influence. You’ll be surprised with how many Sad Boi Pop Punk era songs have been sampled. Even Lil Peep songs, if you want me to go there.

The point? Influence isn’t a one way street, and while Lil Lotus is commonly more associated with emo rap, he isn’t remotely a simply artist like that. His latest album, ‘Errør Bøy’, is honestly more fitting with bands like Magnolia Park than rap – while still so distinctively being both. Actually, Lil Lotus is touring with Magnolia Park as an open for him, so there you go. That sounded aggressive, but I guess I’m tired of the genre box. ‘Romantic Disaster’ off the album actually features Chrissy Costanza, from Against The Current if you remember them from what I said before.

Change is on it’s way, it’s been meaning to happen, and I really think now is the time to stop thinking you can only listen to one thing to really be a fan. Lil Lotus isn’t just a Rap type artist, he isn’t so simply placed like that. I think if you’re really into keeping up with the way the scene is growing, you need to acknowledge that genres can influence each other. That artists are going to influence each other, and that’s a great thing, not something to hate on.

I Wanna Live Inside Your Mind Next To Your Favourite Songs – Ranking Waterpark’s Albums

I would like to say that I have a pretty open and vast music taste. For me it really is just about the music, or well, art anyway. I don’t like to sit there and critique something based on what someone else thinks is “real music”, especially when all they mean by that is organic sounds. It’s just a silly argument to me, as if sound and music isn’t just pretty little air waves that we all hear differently as living beings. Not to mention it’s just self expression, it’s just creation like everything else in the world is. I think you must live a pretty boring life to only be open to one thing – I could never imagine only watching trashy rom-coms just because something else is entirely different. That’s the point, right?

Now, I promise you this has a reason, I’m not just ranting.

Waterparks are a three piece band from Houston, Texas, and when they were younger very much so inspired by “pop punk” music. As most of us who found bands at a young age can be. When signed to their first label, the whole “pop punk” box was something Waterparks fell into because of this. The issue? They’re so much more than that.

As the years have progressed there has been plenty of talk from Awsten Knight – vocalist, intense creative mind – about the genre in correspondent to the band:

Q: “What do you take from pop punk music and work into your own art?”

A: “The thing is we have all the ingredients for a pop punk band, but it’s the last thing I want to be.”

Q: “Why?”

A: “Because I just – I feel like pop punk hit where it was gonna hit…and at the same time it’s such a limiting genre because you can only do so many things with it. And that’s – that’s another reason I’m so into like -“

Q: “Genre belnding?”

A: “Yeah, and it’s like – and it’s no disrespect like I’m not just trying to shit on like pop punk stuff, but it’s like I just like so much more, you know what I mean? Like besides and also another thing that sucks is when you’re put in that category it’s so hard to get out of it. And when people see you as a “pop punk band” it’s just associated with like being a teenager at warped tour or whatever and it’s like that’s just not what I want.”

Awsten Knight, Zach Sang – The Zach Sang Show, 2019

I only bring this up because often the most negative criticism of Waterparks is the fact that they’re “not pop punk.” It’s not hard to find macho midwest dudes who dislike them just for not making pop punk music, all because the band themself would be around/tour with bands that were. Which I find hilarious.

“Fans of rock think there’s so much better than fans of other things because they’re like ‘oh but this is like meaningful’… most of the time it’s just like vague negative bull, like they’re not even saying anything it’s just like – just like vague struggle fluff for the sake of like being relatable…”

Awsten Knight, 2019

Again, I only bring this up because you can’t justify your opinion on something that they’re not and I think it’s incredibly important to only go into their music with this information. You can’t go into a Waterparks album expecting pop punk – in fact you can’t go into a Waterparks album expecting anything.

Waterparks have four albums – minus their Fandom: Live In The UK – three EPs and, depending on who you ask if they consider it, the “unreleased non-official G album” demos on soundcloud that Awsten had to release because of a tweet. For the purposes of this blog post I’ll just be focusing on albums, but who knows in the future I might follow up with my opinions on everything else.

Fourth Place – Entertaiment

I feel like I might get some hate for this one, which is fine but I have my reasons. I have been listening to Waterparks since the EP days and have watched them steadily grow since and with the release of Entertainment brought in a number of new fans. This isn’t bad, I think this was an era where things started to happen within fans and it was honestly a moment. That being said, this is my least favourite album out of anything they’ve produced. It just doesn’t feel right for me, not at all. That doesn’t mean I hate it, for I enjoy a lot of the songs from Entertainment. But I think that’s just the point, it feels like some songs, not an album, not a piece of art. Maybe there’s something missing for me, maybe I just never connected to it the way I did with every other album? It just feels adolescent to me as well, I don’t know how to explain it.

It’s not a bad album, not really. I know a lot of people who adore it, the vibes of it. That’s just not me though.

Third Place – Greatest Hit’s

Here is where things get difficult. I love – and by god I mean love – this album. Waterparks have some of my favourite artistry out there in the music game right now for me. The contextual elements. The max amount of detail – like how Track 1: Greatest Hits has audio from the streets when their Fandom album was on a billboard in times square. Insane, I love it so much. Greatest Hits is amazing, it’s a piece of art.That being said, as much as this gets played nearly daily for me, I adore the other two albums even more. I don’t even know how it’s possible, but I do.

Second Place – Double Dare

For the longest time Double Dare was my favourite album – one of my favourite’s of all time actually. And it still very much is, but I think most of my love for it comes from my emotional connection to it and what it ‘means’ to me rather than think it’s their best collective piece of music. Of course it keep’s second place though. This album came out exactly when I needed it in 2016, it brought so much joy into my life and it still does every time I listen to it. It’s nostalgic in the best way, while still completely holding up in being good music. Nothing enacts the same feeling as when I hear the opening to Track 8: Powerless.

First Place – Fandom

For a while I sat here not knowing if Fandom or Double Dare would get first place and it took me a long time to decide. If that doesn’t prove just how top notch both of them are then well, I don’t know I just felt like saying that. Fandom was always second to me, for so long, but after thinking it out I actually listen to Fandom more. It only came out in 2019, yet I still listen to it – the songs separately and as a whole – so often that there is always one song in my top tracks. Like Greatest Hits, Fandom has so much contextual depth and artistry. It was the first record away from their first label and you could notice the shift in how they produced their art. It was a moment of growth, change and it was so authentically themself. I love it, I’m attached to it, and I really recommend you listen to it at least once in your life. 

“I have a theory that we could do almost any – where we can do close to anything sonically, not anything but like most things genre wise and as long as what I’m saying is very authentic and very, very real and you can tell I feel like we’ll be aright cuz like Turbulent sounds nothing like any of the older stuff but it’s like what I wanted to make…I like dark music, I like pop music, I fast, I was like that’s all of those things…I just, I like so many things and I just think it’s stupid that – alright I think it’d be dumb to only show like one dimension of yourself especially like today…”

Awsten Knight, 2019

Hey, Hey Community Round Two – Peer Review

Last week I shared the pitch for my Digital Artifact, where I breakdown my intent and personal media niche for the semester. You can read the post here, but as a quick overview I plan to conduct research into the media niche of music – specifically around the pop punk, emo metal genres – by observing the communities and personas built around them online. Last week, it was not only me but my peers who shared these types of blog posts and I have had the privilege to engage and peer review some.

“The process provides a reviewer with the opportunity to reflect on someone else’s work and to provide thoughtful comment using his/her own knowledge and expertise of the subject.” Peer reviewing is an important aspect in not only gaining insight into your own abilities but it allows the chance to be interactive and supportive to others. I think this is a great aspect of the community we have. I believe that I was able to convey my feedback and critique well by engaging my personal understandings with each pitch and providing ideas the authors might not have thought of. It is important to me to not just focus on anything negative, and to be helpful in furthering each project as well as highlighting a job well done.

Hannah’s Digital Artifact pitch goes into extreme depth about the ethnographic research about their chosen niche around the alarming forefronts of climate change. It is very well researched and clearly written which enables a multitude of audiences and understanding. Their post was detailed, structured and very professional when discussing this topic, as well as being incredibly informative. Because of this, when reviewing their post I included a secondary source – Bushfires in Australia: a serious health emergency under climate change – which explores their niche in relation to Australia specifically and could be useful in furthering their research and provides a geographical example of this crisis.

Hannah’s pitch was analytical and professional presenting, which is something I myself have taken away from this experience as something I need to improve. Their work was defined and developed to the point it felt personal and not a “University task” which I believe is something I can work on and develop in the future.

Lisa’s pitch was lovely and really taps into the whole concept of persona in relation to our lectures and class work. This, I believe, was expressed very much through her words as well as her audio visual elemented. It is clear to me that they have a tight understanding of who they present themself as in relation to Youtube, as well as their own media consumption. They were able to analyse the analytical concepts presented with clearity. Their pitch was broad and open, as one’s persona might be, and I provide a source in relation to mentioned ideas – cooking and healthy food – to perhaps aid in narrowing down some future points for their project.

Lisa’s work allowed me to see areas of persona, which is a very large aspect of my own Digital Artifact, that I myself am lacking in showcasing through my blog posts. For example, Lisa dives deep into the analytics of persona where I have just briefly touched on it to further my points not educate and engage. I believe this is something I can take away from by reviewing their pitch, along with making better and larger connections to frameworks and lectures as a whole.

Vincenzo does a great job at utilising both audio visual elements and blog post as a cohesive piece to be understood together, rather than simply having a blog post with a side of more information in a Youtube video. They are very interested in their chosen niche on a deep personal level that they have a personal connection. I think providing us with this information is great because it explores the relation between niche topic and creator – I would take the word or perspective from someone with pre-existing knowledge and persona before someone who is just touching the surface of a new niche. That being said, there was little explanation on why this is an interest, or why the photography element corresponds and going from that I provided a source which I hope aids in capturing how to express this in future.

Vincenzo’s Digital Artifact as mentioned before does this fantastic job at making both types of format cohesive, and I will be the first one to admit that this is something I struggle with in presenting. Engaging with their work has enabled me to witness examples and ideas on video creation which I can transcribe into my own work in the future. Their pitch was very helpful in this for me, and I appreciate the opportunity to review their work.

I think in the future I can improve the feedback I give by going further into the sources and even by providing more than one to enhance the take away for my peers. Overall though, I believe that by conducting peer reviews has not only given me insight into others but has allowed for me to grow in my own work and understanding. I will be taking everything I have learnt here and the critics given to me to grow with my DA.

“Help Me Find Something More” – So What’s My Niche

Recently, in some classes of mine at University, I have been directed to research and explore a media niche. Preferably something that we have an interested in as we’ll be continuously curating content within that realm for the semester. But how does one go about this?

FINDING THE NICHE

The best place to start with this, as someone who has done this type of thing in previous classes and years, is to take a look at yourself. No, really, I mean that. What are you interested in? How do you spend your free time? The better Digital Artifect’s come from something you find yourself creating anyway – it feels like less work if you actually enjoy it.

This led me to two things along with my pre-exisiting ideas. The first being books – I love to read and write all the time. The second was music – being what I like to refer to myself as a “retired scene kid”, music is a really fitting niche. I knew this semester I wanted to focus on my writing with this blog as I have been outside of University. I turned to my more content based Instagram and it’s exisiting audience to help with deciding which I should go with.

Ultimatly, music won by a long shot. I’m not mad at it at all.

SO MY NICHE

What’s great about this is how already engaged, even with previous Uni work, I am with my music taste and it’s subculutres. You might have heard the phrase that “punk isn’t just music it’s a life style”, which is true for most aspects of “alternative” (I hate that word, but don’t worry I’ll be explaining why with my later research) music culutre.

See I already create content around this niche, as well as enage with a lot of it. You should see my Tik Tok for you page, it’s truly the for YOU page. It really is a no-brainer to have music – specificly my own subculutre base taste – as my niche. I go into this aspect of my life a little bit in my “get to know me” blog post I posted recently. I even share good old 13 year old scene kid taylor photos.

MAPING

The way I wish to Network Map my niche can be broken down like this:

created on procreate by me

NICHE AND MY ONLINE PERSONA

Really anything you do online creates your public persona, think of the people you follow online and the way they present themself to you as a viewer. It really shows the way you engage with whatever your chosen niche is outside of the work you submit. Now, when your lucky like I am here, your niche will already exist within your persona.

I have here a few moments from my social media where I have shared content related to this niche. It really is something I’m constantly around and creating for. So much so that I’ve made friends in many different ways and areas of this niche. Really, I’m still always so shocked when music artists follow me back, or follow me first even.

To be honest, music has been apart of my persona online for as long as I’ve had social media, so again, it really is just a no-brainer. I love writing or talking about it. I listen to podcasts around the “alternative” scene in my free time too. This just makes me so much more excited to delve further into this niche and create more content around it. I’m really looking foward to this semester. 🙂

REFERENCES:

Title Lyric, “Help Me Find Something More” – artist -The Stroy So Far, song – Upside Down.

Simply Taylorlani Goes Musical, Another Pitch

Previously, I have mentioned how for this semester how Simply Taylorlani will be taking a musical approach to the Digital Artifact. I have been able to map this out and narrow down these ideas further as you can see down below. Music as a whole is a very large and broadly open niche and because of that I have simplified it down to two prominent subcultures. 

THIS DA

For this project I am planning on observing and writing about music that is a part of both the pop punk/emo and metal subcultures, genre and communities that exist online. For example, social platforms such as Tik Tok and Instagram along with their algorithms create very large communities of people with similar interests. This then leads to content creation and, for platforms like Tik Tok where audio and music is such a major aspect of the app, aids in the culture, aesthetics and persona attached to music.

I will be creating content based on these music genres and their personal cultures that are tied and produced along with the music. I will be using my content based Instagram, Simply Taylorlani, along with this Blog, as a means to share and engage with these ideas. The plan is to produce writing content such as reviews, rankings, and opinion pieces around these subcultures. I also intend to be active on Instagram to share my favourites from things from these communities and already have some highlights dedicated to this Digital Artifact.

Map for the Da

CONTENT EXAMPLES

Along with this, I have also previously mapped out the different aspects and networks to my Digital Artifact which I have shown before but will share again here.

chart / calendar

POTENTIAL QUESTIONS

I am interested in this DA because of my own personal connections to both these subcultures and genres. However, I do think that enables me to have a leg up in understanding as I already have a pre-existing persona tied to this niche. But, that of course does not mean I do not have research questions.

What makes a good album?

What seperates a band/artist from the genre as a whole?

What determines the best album?

Why are aestheitcs so important?

With this DA comes risks of being unethical, especially when considering how important someone’s identity and person is to a person, even one that is heavily connected to this genre of music. Even those who create the music, they put a lot of themselves out there into artistry and this DA in no way will be used to discredit or tear down bands, artists, producers, audiences and communities. This Digital Artifact is about music and culture.