When people used to ask me “What kind of music do you play on The Appetizer?” it was a little hard to describe. This was before we became a mostly indie music program that showcased new and emerging talent as the primary focus of each hour. Actually it was before there as more than 1 hour of radio from us per week.
To keep things easier on me and the person I was talking with, I just told them the 3 things they would never hear on our show:
1. No Boy Bands
2. No Michael Bolton
3. No Yanni
That by itself covered a lot of territory for programming decisions. Variety music is a pretty open field. Fortunately, times have changed and we don’t do much in the realm of mainstream music at all. But none of these 3 “No-Nos” fall into the mainstream anymore. The 3 unbroken rules have stayed with us through the past 11 years.
By the way, if you have never heard the name Yanni, don’t worry. Unless you’re really into instrumental mood music circa 1992, you’re not missing much. Actually, I used to really like Yanni. When I was in 5th grade my teacher would play his albums while we did our work. It’s essentially Dillards music or thereabouts.
I never liked Boy Bands, though I do have to recognize that some of the former boy-band power players actually have talent (Justin Timberlake primarily). And Michael Bolton’s cover of “When A Man Loves A Woman” was so over-played 20 years ago that I still cringe when I hear it. But you know what, Bolton is actually a pretty talented guy. I started to come around to his style when he did a guest spot with the Andy Samburg (The Lonely Island) music set on SNL for the Captain Jack Sparrow song.
So here’s where we are now. When you hear a mainstream band, it’s a B-side tune that wasn’t commercially aired. That won’t change. The focus of the radio show is on indie music, primarily new and emerging bands who deserve to be showcased and recognized. But I want our platform to be more, and I need your help.
I’m willing to break my 3 rules of No-Nos, under 1 condition: We get 50 people to take a very short survey. We’re also going to give away free music in the form of iTunes giftcards and a myriad of new albums from Yusef/Cat Stevens, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan. What are you waiting for? Survey Up and help us move forward.