Success is a relative term in the music industry; it is fleeting, transient, and differs based on genre, audience and more. An artist who is relevant within a genre or with a certain population today can quickly stagnate, or even lose their following. This season, I invite you to join me in exploring what keeps an artist relevant, especially as situations change. We will look at artists who have successfully transitioned between musical genres, audiences, locations, and more.
In order to make sense of this, we’ll be exploring a few key questions:
- What was the artist’s music like early in his/her career? How did it change (or stay the same)?
- How has the presentation of the artist’s craft and image developed over time?
- What qualities is the artist most lauded for by their fans and critics? Have those qualities stayed consistent or changed? How so?
With a lot of listening, and a little luck, we’ll get a sense of what allowed each individual artist to successfully transition. And hopefully, we’ll learn something about success and ourselves along they way.
First up, Lecrae. After him, it’s your choice… so leave your requests in the comments section!