#170: How to deal with negative press and bad reviews

negative-reviewBad reviews, negative YouTube comments, hecklers: we all experience them from time to time. Criticism is an inevitable part of putting your music out there, but still it always seems to hurt. What are some productive ways to deal with criticism? In this episode, Chris and Kevin talk about the good and bad ways in which they’ve responded to negative feedback on their music, and ask listeners to share their stories too.

 

  • Alien Skin

    thanks guys, great episode!

  • Tom Hendricks

    Here is a sort of catch 22 to bad reviews. Those who are playing in a band of electric guitars, bass, and drums, you will get a lot of negative reviews for following the same 60 year old path instead of being innovative and doing something new. Bands have been done, and done, and done, and no one out there is the new Beatles.
    Many, like me think it’s time for something, anything new. Don’t fit in, stand out.
    Speaking of criticism, the entire industry is against the rebellion I’m leading. So I’m a sort of expert!
    That is just a small part of the Dallas music rebellion, mostly concerned with ending the rule of 3 CEO’s that control the music industry. Imagine a world where there are thousands of music companies instead of 3 that control 80%, only support teen pop, and haven’t allowed music to change in 20 years.

  • Tom Hendricks

    Part of the reason for many teens not downloading, is that the music is not good. Part of the reason is that the industry may be switching from download a song, to playing a song like on a cloud jukebox. I suggest that someone invent a system that would allow any musician to get a penny for a play – a sort of universal credit card that works at all web sites. Then you can hear a song for a penny or even a part of a penny, the musician gets paid, and the listener gets a bill each month of the pennies he’s spent. This could work for music, art, lit, film, etc. This would also end all the ads, pop ups etc. because the money goes directly to the musician.
    Would you pay an all sites monthly bill if you could then access all the music you wanted, at about a penny a play without ads, and know that the money goes directly to the musician?

  • Great episode, thank you! Sad to hear about Lisa. So far no negative press to share yet, but have had some promotional posters graffitied. 😂

  • Rhyme Or Reason

    That’s a lot of big talk for someone who can’t even drop a link to their stuff. I agree with your last few points however you seem like a keyboard warrior wannabe revolutionary.

  • Tom Hendricks

    Start with wikipedia under my name, that will link you to 25 years of work through my zine musea, music career etc. Thanks.

  • Rhyme Or Reason

    lol, yeah written by you.

  • Tom Hendricks

    They don’t allow that. Just try it and see how long your comments last.