Feature: My Experience on "AXSLive" on AXS TV Part 2
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:02:53
When I was sitting in the green room for AXSLive last night, I noticed something.
Call it a "revelation", if you will, but I've stuck to this idea unconsciously for quite some time. For all of the claims we endlessly hear about the music industry dying and the lack of artists that will "stand the test of time", there's not much truth at all. In fact, music and music events are as popular as ever, and thankfully shows like AXSLive on AXS TV are keeping it alive and drawing much-needed attention to every genre and facet.
Last night, I had the opportunity to be on the show's "soundboard" once again, this time with comedian Skyler Stone and writer Liz Crokin and host the ever-awesome DJ Skee. Discussing everything from Justin Timberlake's return to Kaskade's letter firing back at the L.A. Times to whether or not Rihanna is a role model, it was clear that we've got some massive superstars out there that are as powerful as they are polarizing.
Why are they so famous and worthy of discussion?
Well, each of them can stand on his or her own musical merits regardless of my or anybody else's opinion, and songs like Rihanna's "Umbrella", Justin Timberlake's "My Love", or Kaskade's "I Remember" have exerted a massive impact on a generation. Guess what? They will endure and stand the test of time as once again, music simply boils down to how good a song is. As we ran through talking about "Call Me Maybe" and the "Best New Artist" category at the Grammys, it was eye-opening to recall the launch of Frank Ocean and The Lumineers—two other acts who are poised for real longevity. Then, of course, there was the EDM discussion. I agreed with Kaskade's letter, other than calling EDM fans outsiders. Sorry, the real outsiders listen to Metallica, Slayer, Tool, Slipknot, Down, Gojira, Ghost B.C., and bands like that. However, just the fact that we can have a spirited debate about it and have such a massive audience for said debate was awesome.
Most importantly though, I really had the time of my life on the show again! I'd say this was even better than the first time. The show's talent producer Fernita Wynn invited me back, and I'm still reeling from how much fun it was. It's run so smoothly and professionally—really unparalleled in terms of production. The focus stays on the music too, which is crucial in this day and age. They're resuscitating something so important, that passion and fervor for the art form. That's why they're a leader and will continue to be.
AXSLive is broadcast from downtown Los Angeles. It's live nationally Monday through Wednesday 7pm-8pm PT and Thursday 8pm-9pm PT. Viewers can check their cable listing for AXS TV.
Be on the lookout for killer live shows from AXS TV too. With their concerts and broadcasts, they're placing front and center, and there's nothing like it out there right now.
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