Originally Posted by demonrail666
Insofar as there are obviously exceptions to it, sure, but I do think it's far easier to have a successful career within dance music and remain quite anonymous to the public compared with Rock music. There's far less of an emphasis on interviews and live performance, for a start. Sure, the (largely Rock-oriented) media will pick up on certain charismatic figures (say Goldie or UR or Derrick May or Aphex Twin) and turn them into figureheads but that's often contrary to their actual status within the scene's they come from. There's artists that sell shedloads of records within the house, techno, hardcore and dnb scenes who I'm sure half their fans wouldn't be able to recognise, even if they happened to be standing next to them.
yeah, but on the other hand dance music only tends to come across well live when it's a huge production of the kind that only very popular acts can afford to put on, and there's no zine culture around dance music so people don't really get interviewed. on the other other hand when you get outside of the mainstream in any form of music it would be quite possible to stand next to your favourite musician and not know it.