This has always been a long running debate in the musicians community. Do cover bands steal the spotlight from original bands? I would say yes, absolutely! This is just the sad truth and all you musicians out there gotta admit that this is true.
I have noticed that cover bands and even tribute bands have taken over the Capital Region music scene. There are some original bands that establish themselves pretty good and some get a huge fanbase going but not enough of them. There are tons of original talent around here that are begging to get heard but it’s really is hard for an original band or solo artist to establish themselves. Why? Because the cover band and tribute band scene is so huge here. The cover bands & tribute bands get more successes than the original bands. Cover bands also get paid more than original bands too. Cover bands get paid a lot more.
Why are cover bands more successful than original bands in this area? It’s because the answer is really quite simple. Cover bands help make the bars & club a lot of money. They pull in a lot of people. As long as customers are coming in to buy the admission tickets and buy a lot of drinks… that shit makes the bars & clubs happy. That’s why cover bands get more successes than the originals. It has always been like that.
There are other promoters in the area who try to promote nothing but original music only which is what CRUMBS is all about. They do a good job of promoting local original music only. Original music continues to get lesser success ’cause not many people around here like original music. A lot of people would rather have a good time by dancing to the same songs you hear on the radio. They would rather dance to top 40 stuff.
It really is hard to get people to listen to your original music. Have you noticed that each time I put out a cover song of mine, those videos get more views than my originals? That just proves my point. I think it’s safe to say that people would rather hear cover songs than original music.
Which gets me thinking that I might stop doing cover songs for good if I want people to respect my originals more. I’ll probably just focus on originals only. I’ll start writing new songs again soon.
It is pretty sad that the cover band scene is bigger than the original band scene, though. It’s always been like that all over the United States so it’s nothing new. We do need a new revolution. Original bands need to take over somehow. To be honest with ya, I’m not a big fan of the cover band scene myself. I’m also not a big fan of tribute bands. I have noticed that tribute bands have been on the rise a lot lately. Tribute bands is when a band pretends to be your favorite band and you play songs by nobody else but that band you like for example there are too many Led Zeppelin tribute bands around here. There are also too many Ac/Dc tributes, a lot of Black Sabbath tributes, Pearl Jam tributes, etc. I can think of a certain somebody who pushed the tribute band scene out there more but I don’t wanna name names. I can’t stand tribute bands. I just don’t see the point in them.
I like to support original bands & artists mostly ’cause some of those guys do write really good songs. It’s just sad that they don’t get heard much. We really gotta do something about the original music scene.
I know many would find it offensive of my opinion that cover bands steal the spotlight from original bands but you gotta learn to accept that truth and embrace it. It is what it is.