Earlier this week @Caitlin_Welsh and I had a few things to say to each other on Facebook over the current state of music journalism and some of the criticism artists are throwing at journos. It’s a pretty controversial debate going on at the moment with Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Hayley Mary all getting their noses bent out of shape at critics, and critics firing back in equal measure. Personally, I feel like artists aren’t representing themselves that well in the debate, and I also think some shitty tricks are being used to make them sound like they don’t know what they’re talking about (one trick, recently used by Everett True, is to quote someone verbatim, including their “ums” and “ahs” and “likes”, the net result in this case was Mary coming off as ditsy, which she is anything but (to be fair, True did end this article conceding that Mary made some good points, but not before doing his best to make her sound stupid)).
Welsh happens to be one of the best critics in the country, so I felt OK complaining to her about the dreadful quality of music criticism artists have to deal with. Our discussion got turned in to an article on Faster Louder. You can also see our original discussion below.