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Thread #116775 Message #2512472
Posted By: Jim Moray
11-Dec-08 - 07:24 AM
Thread Name: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
Subject: RE: 2008 R2 Young Folk Award - What Happened
"That neatly sums up why I don't really feel like I need any of those cushiony disclaimers ("in my opinion" etc.). Because if any of those young musicians were to read this, I really don't think they are going to start crying. They are going to say "Well what do they know? I've been on a national awards show and I'm playing at all these festivals"."
Matt, the reason I'm so worked up about this is that when I was only slightly older than Megan is now I got ripped apart on Mudcat and elsewhere and it had really detrimental effect on my confidence and (ultimately) mental health. While this isn't the place to go into it, I'm not exaggerating to say that the experience affected me very deeply and it took me years to recover. For all the familiar comments of "if you can't handle it, don't be in the public eye", this is not what people like me sign up for - I don't think anyone enters the YFA to become a celebrity, only to play music. If you are Coldplay or James Blunt (or even someone like Seth Lakeman or Fairport) then the financial rewards and adulation of your sizeable audience might make up for being rubbished on the internet. If you are a 20 year old playing folk clubs for no money to 50 people then it can really tear you down. Perhaps I'm just atypically sensitive.
"And they will carry on doing what they're doing and if they continue to receive BBC Radio 2's endorsement, it will bring them financial success. "