I've always been flattered and humbled by the number of people that I've met or had contact with who tell me how much my work at WOXY has inspired their interest in music and musical taste. Starting The Big Beat is my way to continue having a voice. It's different - very much a hobby - and I must admit to being a bit sad that I can't devote as much of my time towards creating daily playlists, sprinkled with discoveries new and old for listeners like yourselves, wherever you may be.
Ultimately, the blog is more an extension of my voice than a faceless music site, no matter how great and informative it may be. The Big Beat isn't about me but it is from me. I've always, always been an advocate of having an opinion, and the blogs and writers that inspire me are listed along the right side of the site. Usually, they're ones who put their own voice out there, crafting and curating their site, rather than just posting anything and everything they can find. They all come with my endorsement whether they're aware of it or not. So while I've stepped back a bit to double down on my next big discovery - a full time job - feel free to give them a visit.
To that end, I've been sitting on this for the past few weeks and it speaks to the whole notion of music blogging itself. The excellent Breaking More Waves blog posted a few thoughts and better still, audio (via Rawkblog), of a panel conversation on the subject that took place during last month's In The City Festival in Manchester, UK. Speakers included Pitchfork's Ryan Schreiber, The Hype Machine's Dev Sherlock, Oliver Clueit of My Band's Better Than Your Band, Rawkblog's David Greenwald and Sean Adams from Drowned In Sound.
They discuss the explosion of indie music media and the blogosphere, a bit of the differences between US & UK-based sites and, in their opinion, what makes a blog good. You may agree or disagree with some of the points raised. It begs the question (from me): what's important to you? Reviews, band profiles, photos, new new new, audio/downloads, contests...? For example, I don't care much for live reviews. Just don't. Your opinion may vary.
Listen. Enjoy. Discuss.
In The City: Music Blogging in the USA panel, 10.13.10