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Nick Hilden

We must cultivate our garden; how to support the artists you love | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

We must cultivate our garden; how to support the artists you love

Artists have always faced an uphill battle, but new obstacles are being thrown in their way. Emerging technologies have been both a gift and a curse. Over the past decade, artists have grappled with historic levels of economic uncertainty and discord and federal funding for the arts is under attack. In the end, if we’re going to ensure that the arts we love thrive, we’re going to have to do it ourselves....
Smart Music for All: Adia Victoria Leaves the High Art/Low Art Duality Behind | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Smart Music for All: Adia Victoria Leaves the High Art/Low Art Duality Behind

Historically speaking, music has had a tendency to follow the binary model of low art/high art. However, more and more artists are moving between these two realms, and sometimes fusing them both within a single work. Take, for example, Adia Victoria. She makes intelligent music that still exists within a structure that will play to the footstompers. It has the danceability of a surf-rock release, but it also has the brains of a Jeunet. She makes smart work for smart people that can be listened to and enjoyed by everyone....

Nick Hilden

Writer | Musician | Sleep Deprived Traveler

Nick Hilden's work has appeared in the LA Times, the Oregonian, Vice, Thrillist, Ad Age, and more. He moves every two months and is probably living someplace cool right now.

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