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03:37 PM on 04/03/12
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Love the band.

However, I completely disagree with a lot of what he says, and yes I do find it very hypocritical for him to give other forms of media a free pass on using kickstarter.

Also, acting like finding techniques for screaming is a bad thing is completely out of line. Plenty of guys have ruined their vocal chords and can no longer be in a band because they try to just scream however feels natural, and that's a damn shame. Close Your Eyes in particular was a band that was finally putting out good material, and then the guy blew out his voice and now they probably aren't coming back any time soon. Screaming technique benefits your health. It's like saying "You shouldn't try to learn guitar technique because if you learn classical technique there won't be emotion in your playing." What? No. Technical ability on any instrument, voice included, should help you more effectively express your emotions.

TL;DR: Using proper screaming technique is healthy for your voice and should not be ignored.
04:32 PM on 04/04/12
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He means that kids are more into trying to find the technique to mimic their favorite vocalist rather than finding their own voice and just singing with emotion. Obviously he's not saying "don't use any vocal techniques"

FWIW I agree with his opinion of kickstarter and I don't think he's being hypocritical at all. Music is much much different than other forms of entertainment, especially the genre that he and SFTP are in.
How is music so different from other art forms?

I feel like he fails to address the fact that nobody is required to give Patent Pending's Kickstarter any money. Making a Kickstarter does not equal instant funding for a record and 99% of bands trying to pull off a get-rich-quick scheme with Kickstarter will fail miserably. He acts like Kickstarter is some kind of cheat code to take people's money when in reality, your Kickstarter will almost undoubtedly tank if you don't have a legitimate reason for it and solid credentials beforehand.

In addition, if you fund a Kickstarter for a band's record, basically all you're doing is pre-ordering the album a ways in advance. You're still paying the band for their music, which is exactly what people do when they buy records/merch/tickets anyway. Sure, DIY is great, but you may as well say that since Stray from the Path sells their records for a profit in order to fund more albums/tours then they're using album sales as a "cop-out" since they should just give away their music and fund the albums with their day jobs.

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