From time to time I have thoughts that have nothing at all to do with The Debut. I thought I’d share one of them.

I think everybody who works in an art form of one kind or another will eventually have to decide what kind of artist they want to be.  And I have something of a theory – maybe a philosophy.

You’re either Journey, or you’re The Pixies.

Here’s what I mean:  Let’s take The Pixies.  Some of you reading this maybe have never even heard of The Pixies.  If you have, chances are you’ve heard of them, but you don’t really know any of their songs.  Or maybe you know one or two, but that’s it.  If that’s the case, it’s certainly not your fault – they get almost no radio play and never have.  You don’t hear them in commercials, and very rarely in movies – Fight Club being a major exception.

I would say a slight majority of the planet has no idea who The Pixies are.

But people in the music world know who they are.  Many musicians, including Kurt Cobain, have listed The Pixies as one of their biggest influences.  They were, in fact, doing things musically in the late 80s that took the rest of the music world years to get around to, and you can easily see the influence they’ve had over music over the last 20 years.  Hugely influential, but relatively unknown.

Now consider the other end of the spectrum.  Journey.  They were around at roughly the same time as The Pixies – a little bit before them, granted, but here we are 20 something years later and you can go into any bar in the world and play “Don’t Stop Believin’” and everybody will start singing along with it; granted some will only admit to doing it ironically.

But there’s not a band around that will claim Journey as one of their influences.

So it all seems to come down to this – do you want to change the direction of your medium or do you want to connect to the common man?  Do you want to move the masses, or do you want to move other artists?

Discuss amongst yourselves.