Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rant: bands' myspace labels

Alright, I've got to get something off my chest. It's a minor thing, but one that has been "sticking in my craw" (if you'll permit a Southern colloquialism).

When a band sets up a myspace page, they have to enter a lot of data. One of those pieces of data their genre. Bands, in fact, can list three different descriptives to give users a sense of their sound and genre. But, I have the sense that bands think it's cute or clever to make selections on this form that don't really describe them at all.

A case in point isn't actually a band I would normally write about here. I was reading the Line Out blog, and Jonathan said he had a new Seattle favorite, The Moondoggies. So, I went to check them out. But, when I land on their myspace page, I find the following descriptive: Crunk/A'cappella/Freestyle. Obviously they are none of the above.

They are but an example, because it happens all the time. I know it's a minor thing. But, I would hope that bands would recognize that by doing this they are actually making it harder for someone to find them.

I'm constantly trying to search myspace to find new bands to write about. Searching myspace is hard enough as it is, because their search engine sucks donkeys. So bands, please don't make it any harder by telling us you're a celtic/bossa nova/black metal band if you're really playing indiepop or whatever. People might want to find you, and this might be keeping them from being able to do so.

Okay... end of rant.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Ugh! I agree. MySpace is impossible to navigate.