…according to some folks on Acid Planet, those who use loops and sequencing programs to make songs shouldn’t call themselves ‘Musicians.’
…according to some folks who are steeped in traditional art practices, digital prints shouldn’t be considered ‘Art.’
…according to some folks who feel they are the barometer of genre in writing, Sailor Nothing shouldn’t be considered ‘Original Writing’.
And according to me, as long as you’re making music, making art or writing, you are a musician, an artist or a writer and can proudly call yourself that.
Nobody has any right to tell you otherwise. I don’t care if your idea of music is banging pot lids together and screaming or slapping together loops and sequences on your computer — if you feel you are making music and it brings you joy, then by all means man, go forth. If your art is making bug sculptures out of razor blades and wire then get craftin’. And if your writing is an HTML based satire of magical girls anime… no, wait, mine is. And I am a writer. I don’t believe that employing or rejecting standard methods of creavity make you any more or less a creative person.
Nor do I believe that ‘professional’ publishing changes your status as a artist either. Do you think that just because Blink 182 gets radio play and sells records it makes them a better musician than some Basic Rock Outfit? No, that just means those guys managed to work the industry machine (or the industry machine is working them…) in order to get promoted. It means nothing about the quality of the work. BOTH of them can be called musicians; one was just lucky enough to get pushed as the flavor of the week while the other toils in obscurity. Both make music.
The trick is that art is seperate from promotion; the work stands on its own regardless of what happens to it after it’s made. There are three components to art promotion: the art itself, the hype of art to encourage people to hear/view/read it, and finally the opinion people hold of the art which determines if they will hear/view/read it again or seek more art by the same artist. You can hold a public gallery showing or simply show off your painting to your Cousin Mel. Solicit 67 publishers and make some money or self-publish on the internet for free.
People may or may not like the art they experience, and might not care to experience any more… that’s a fact of life. But the ones who say ‘I didn’t like it because (you used a strange medium, it’s too unprofessional, or duh I don’t get it), and because I did not like it therefore it is not art and you are not an artist’ sicken me.
Nobody has any right to dis you and spit on you for not being an artist of any form just because your work isn’t presented the same way as the art they’re used to ingesting. What tools you use to make that art also are irrelevant. Art is Art. Just do it.