In Re: the Talent on NS
I respectfully disagree with your statement that "in the last 2 years no amazing new talents have come through here". Nothing can be further from the truth.
Originally Posted by Sharmy
There has been an enormous influx of amazing talent coming through Northern Sounds in recent times and he talent pool has been expanding and growing. Perhaps you have not noticed but professionals like Hummie Mann and Jeff Beal (both Emmy Award winners), Andy Brick, BrianM (Tom Jones' band leader), SteveG(Grammy Award winner), distinguished faculty and university faculty, musical theatre directors, executives from music technology companies, performers, veteran musicians, programmers, game music composers, orchestrators, conductors, and many professionals actively participating in the NS forum. You would not believe the well-known people who lurk here as well. In the past couple of years we have seen incredible new talent, to name a few:Francesco Marchetti, David Maddux, Dan Powers, Darwin Kopp, Jamie Kowalski, Danielle Davis, the Reeves Brothers, and many more (to numerous to list) who are incredibly gifted.
There's been definite buzz on the GPO forum (over 9200 posts in the Demo Section alone). The GPO Competition attracted a great deal of new talent and most of the 200 entrants are NS members. The winners Richard Birdsall did a remarkable job (and he's was 18 years old) and Ken-P and Craig Reeves are also young and represent a new generation of incredible talent. The judges, who included some very respectable pros, were all amazed by the quality and plethora of talent. 2 NS members just won the ERM Competition, and other members have won other competitions. There are more sample developers here than at any other time as well.
And yes, there are newbies too from all walks of life who come to Northern Sounds and they are encouraged. The true professional offers help to these aspiring people to be better musicians. And they get better. The real professional does not paint everyone with a broad elitist brush and disregard their talent.
And the comment about the "voids left by those who were banned from a purely artistic nature have not been filled" is untrue.
The void has more than been filled hundreds of times times over. As far as the people who were banned (for inappropriate behavior or breaking the rules or whatever - that's between the administrators and them), the total number of the banned in the entire history of NS is replaced by more new members in one typical day. And the new members are very talented, vibrant and have a lot to offer.
With professionalism comes responsibility to avoid the tendency towards musical elitism and to help those getting started. Saying that there is no new talent to the thousands of people who have come to Northern Sounds in the past two years seems not only puzzling but is simply inaccurate. History is repleat with folks who failed to recognize talent. Emperor Joseph II failed to recognize talent when he exclaimed 'Too many notes, my dear Mozart'. So did Decca Recording rejecting the Beatles in 1962. If you reject the talent of the many thousands of people here you have put yourself in a very lofty and elitist position that could lead to the ultimate vanity and an eventual fall.
I realize you are a moderator at another sample forum, but to come to this forum and diminish the talent is strange. I've gotten to know you over the years Craig and admired your contributions and your work with EIS, but this latest post seems out of character and presumptuous.
The talent pool at Northern Sounds has never been greater and it is a privilege to be among such amazingly creative, talented and gifted people.