Getting That First Review

  Words from the Editor’s Desk

   The past month has moved faster than I ever expected. We are in summer and the shows keep coming faster and faster. I, personally, have become involved in a number of projects from working with the Women in Music Committee of the Colorado Music Association to seeing the beginnings of the Colorado Springs Music Coalition.
This issue marks FEMMUSIC’s second Canadian Musician Issue and has been a personal joy to do. It took over a year to interview Rita di Ghent and the time we spoke didn’t last long enough. Lorraine Segato was also amazing. Coming from the States I had little knowledge of The Parachute Club, but Segato’s work speaks volumes for itself. She is an artist in many fields and her talent and skill is truly impressive. Ember Swift is a band I’ve missed seeing many times and was glad to have Sue Barrett conduct the interview with them. Porcelain Girl, Carmen Taub is a new artist who I can’t wait to see what she does next. In some ways she is still finding her voice, and in many other ways, she is screaming to all that will listen. She is not standard “pop” by any stretch of the imagination. At press time, Martina Sorbara’s interview was not complete, but it is a fun interview with a young artist who is working with many great people.
A friend this month asked one of the key questions and I thought I would speak on it. The question was, “How does an artist get that first press write-up?” As a member of the press I will fully admit that sometimes getting us to say a few words is like walking into the lion’s den. Everyone has a fear that the first review will make or break him or her. Reviewers are valuable people but any one critic’s ability to make a “star” is a falsehood. A reviewer’s job is to tell what we hear, see, feel about an artist to those who will listen. We do not go on stage. We do not go on the road. We do not walk the same path as artists do no matter how much we sound like it.
I hold every artist I speak to in high regard. Anyone who strives to work, really work in this business LIVES the music three hundred sixty-five days a year. They work to improve, to perform, to make the world better one person at a time. Reviewers and other journalists only take a snapshot of artists in moments in time. I hope, and many others do, that when we speak to someone today, that five years from now they’ll be that much better. Getting a first review is difficult but nine times out of ten it will come from a reviewer who is a fan vs. a blood hungry critic. That is why it’s always important to remember your fans. Without them your music goes unheard.
Before I conclude, I would like to thank Judy Brady for her recent praise of FEMMUSIC and Marcy Baruch. Keep up the great work Judy!
Well that’s it from the desk of the editor. Next month look for an independent music issue. Indie Artists only.


May 1st, 2002