"The fact of the matter is only the very worst critics aspire to do what they’re criticizing."
We’re used to a clear separation between critics and makers - Roger Ebert didn’t make movies, but he was amazing at reviewing them. Lester Bangs didn’t write music, yet he influenced musicians via his writing in Rolling Stone.
But now, a new trend is emerging - makers reviewing makers. For example, check out The Talkhouse:
it’s a website where bands, rather than critics, review other bands. The idea is that musicians are uniquely qualified to describe the sounds of another musician’s work, because they think and talk about music all day and hear lots of new stuff before most people. There is an authenticity in the engagement between creators that can’t be matched by marketers, critics, labels, or distributors. See Lou Reed’s thoughts on Kanye.
via: this post on Medium.
It’s not often that I disagree with Chuck, but I think this is an exciting trend that I hope continues. What maker-reviewing-maker communities have you come across?
Send suggestions to @kaz on Twitter.