A real pet peeve of mine is lazy naming of songs. When you’re deciding on a title for your tune, you should pick something original. Something that can be easily identified with you. It should be your song, and only your song, that comes up in a Google search by it’s name. This just makes sense. But regardless of this sound logic, certain song titles get used over and over again, and this occurrence is particularly regular when it comes to EDM. Sometimes, it just gets ridiculous. With that in mind, it’s with the utmost seriousness that I implore you…
STOP CALLING YOUR SONGS “MONSTER”!!!
Okay, I know that music is now completely disposable, but it shocks me to see EDM producers that don’t even regard their own creations as having any longevity. Nothing says “only worth playing once” like giving your song the same name as literally hundreds of other songs. Naming trends! I can’t believe music has come to this. I guess it’s a real sign of a shift in the ideal of what a producer is. Music used to be difficult, and expensive to make. The people who did so were artists with a need to be heard. That has changed. Producing is now cheap, easy, and trendy. It’s gone from an act of standing out from the heard to an act of being excepted into it. I guess, then, that naming trends should be no surprise.
“Monster” certainly isn’t the only one around, right now, but it’s one that I’m particularly sensitive to because… I like songs about monsters. But that’s rarely what I get anymore. Instead, “Monster” has become DJ slang which simply means “big and aggressive”. Rather generic, don’t cha think? It shouldn’t be any surprise, then, that the majority of the multitudes of songs titled “Monster” are generic, regurgitative, and forgettable, much like the chosen title for them.
So JUST HOW BAD IS THIS TREND? Below are links to audio samples of all the songs titled “Monster”, or “Monsters”, or “The Monster” that have come out so far in 2014 alone. Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Hey HELLSYSTEM! If you’re gonna name your whole EP “Monster”, shouldn’t the cover art have something to do with, oh I don’t know… MONSTERS!?!? Why the fuck is there a picture of a city???
…And that’s just January so far…
Your stage name is “Gary D”? I have a feeling that, for you, naming your track Monster was a real creative stretch.
If I didn’t single out your dumb-ass name too, it would be unfair to Gary D.
…So there you have it. 22 songs that have been released in 2014, all with basically the same name, and it’s only early March. But this trend has been going on for a while now. Surely it’s showing signs of slowing? Maybe not. There are already 3 more Monsters being set for release in the coming days…
…And this is just official releases. Imagine all of the bootlegs and free downloads there must be of Monster titled songs. I haven’t bothered to include all of the slight variations, like “Drown With The Monster”, or “Monster Voice” or “Monster Groove” or “Monster Beat” or “Dirty Monsters” or “Arctic Monster” or “Monster Killer” or “Monsters In My Head” or “Like A Monster” or “Ridiculous Monster”. Hmmm, I wonder if that last one is self aware. Anyways, I could keep going, but I’m sure you got the point a while ago.
No wonder EDM has been sucking lately. It all lacks effort. As for the Monster trend, it needs to stop. How about we all start making music that matters to us, and the naming of that music will naturally take care of itself. It’s a win win, really. Now, let’s get crackin!
Please tell me I’m not the only one who has noticed this shit.