I came from GarageBand and Audiopolis, which were Blind Review sites. I reviewed a lot of songs over the years, and had a lot of my own reviewed. And since I am not that great as a one man band especially, I received a lot of negative reviews.
But I really did learn a lot in the process. I learned I liked some songs more than others regardless of the production. I learned I did not like some songs no matter how professional the production. I learned that some people actually liked some of my songs beyond the bad production, and most people had a hard time getting to the 30 second mark.
So I got to thinking about niche markets. Finding your audience. And I realized I have a tendency, beyond my inconsistent production, to not play a consistent style of music, which meant my niche would have to be those people who like eclectic variety heavy on the lyrics end and fraught with lo-fi production.
But I did, am still, improving in some departments. I'd say my production skills are much better now, thanks to all those reviews. I'd say my songwriting skills are too, but they are still all over the place.
And often I think my latest song is one of my greatest. And it takes a while for me to hear for myself why it isn't. So one reason I will want to be bashed is because I like to know if anyone other than my mother likes the song.
It is a totally separate debate, but I consider my style to be fairly oddball experimental, and to me that means I don't know if anyone will appreciate it or playlist it. I plan to share a brand new song I conceived of several years ago as part two of a larger project I did with Ingo. We did a 25 minute science fiction spoken word with a featured song that is anti-mainstream, but it was in my head and now it is uniquely real. Is it possibly commercially viable ever? Not likely. So why part two? Well, you never know what people will like. Tales of the Interstellar Fur Traders could be as valid a new TV series on the SyFy Channel as Sharknado.
The bottom line is even much more talented folks than I have to come up with the next great song, and the hit song is almost impossible. But here we listen. And for me it is exciting.