On Monday, I was shipped out to the Big Apple to cover a Jane’s Addiction concert sponsored by LG, including an opportunity to interview the band about whatever I wanted. As a teen that was vacuumed into the grunge and rock vortex of the 90’s, I was beyond elated to not only see Jane’s Addiction live, but to meet Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins. I want to sincerely thank LG for providing TechnoBuffalo the opportunity! Although my primary mission was to film the concert with the new LG Thrill 4G, I was never handed a unit, so we’ll have to rely on Mr. Jon Rettinger for the review coming up shortly.
However, Perry and Stephen provided some insight regarding the digital influence on the musical world. Perry seemed to think Spotify would rejuvenate the music industry and nonchalantly shunned Pandora. I found that to be a bit of a conundrum, as Pandora is more of a Whitman’s Sampler of musical genres and artists that is aimed at strengthening one’s library so that listeners are more prone to buy albums based on what they find. I’ve purchased albums because of Pandora. However, who would want to buy an album when Spotify gives you any song in existence from wherever you are with an unlimited amout of repeats?
Stephen and I commiserated the inevitable death of the tangible CD, while Perry referred to album cover artwork as a “long lost art”, though both seemed to agree that the ability to download a song and have it instantly was a good thing. Perry also expressed his love of digital sounds and effects, and used a vocal filter machine throughout the concert to provide echoes, reverbs, and other nifty layers. Stephen loves phone instrument applications like xylophones, marimbas, and synthesizers while Perry expressed the fact that he wasn’t an application guy, like me.
In the end, it was a totally bodacious experience to the max. Perry and Stephen were down to earth and humbling, and the band proved onstage that they had not lost any talent after decades of playing.