Japanese music is so legit, man. Thousands of great songs only using the pentatonic scale? It makes us Westerners sound like a bunch of whiny brats who complain that all the good melodies have been taken up. Oy.
So yesterday I was doing a phoner with a sorta-breaking artist who I thought deserved a full fledged feature piece. It's one of those gut instincts. Just minutes before I called her, I found a Susan Boyle song in her partial credit. It weirded me out since said artist is about as indie as it gets, and said artist has a song in a ridiculously popular album.
*48 minutes later*
HUGO: ...lastly, what's up with the Susan Boyle song? You've just moved to town and you have a song on the biggest album in the world, of the entire year...?
ARTIST: Yeah, that was lucky. I'm really honored [blah blah blah, though still genuine blah blah blah]
HUGO: How the hell do you even compute that? It's sold nearly 4 million records, and it just came out. Meanwhile, you've just recorded your first EP ever.
ARTIST: ...I really don't know.
HUGO: And if you factor in downloading, that's some ten million people your music has reached. Have you thought of that?
ARTIST: Wow. ...Wow. No, I swear, I really haven't.
HUGO: I MEAN, SERIOUSLY, IF THIS WERE 15 YEARS AGO, THIS WOULD BE GARTH BROOKS NUMBERS. GARTH. BROOKS.
ARTIST: ...HOLY SHIT, RIGHT?!
*Artist proceeds to freak out*
That was a cool part of the interview and I thought I'd share that with you. K thnx bi.