The One21 New Series: Voices Of The Underground

Several weeks ago, The One21 contacted a large number of the artists that make up the Christ-centered music scene to get their thoughts on some of the issues we have been talking about on this site.

There were fifteen questions, ranging from the light-hearted to the deeply spiritual. We received many responses, some very helpful, and some…. not so much.  Some of the answers were short and sweet, some were very drawn out and eloquent. Many expressed frustrations with the current landscape of the music industry, while others were hopeful for a future of uncertainty.  We heard from guys who had been performing for years, and bands that are just now starting to get names heard. From indie rock to hip-hop, from hardcore to worship, the Christian music scene spoke back to us.

All and all, the journey through the thoughts and opinions brought up by our questions proved to be truly amazing. We were able to get past the music for a moment and hear the voice of the artists.  We feel that we have gotten to know the heart and spirit of some of the performers that we tell you about everyday on this website.

We want to share that journey with you.

Over the course of fifteen weeks, we will be posting the answers to one question a week. Our hope is that you are able to experience the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that we have been so excited to read and experience. You will find that on many of the questions there is a vast amount of different answers and views. Issues of faith, career, and opinion give us incite in to the Christian music scene like we haven’t been able to see before.  You may just be surprised at what you learn.

Here are the questions we asked :
1.What do you love about music?
2.What are some of favorite albums/CDs? Is there anything people may be surprised that you listen to?
3.What is the best thing about making music? Do you prefer writing, recording, performing….?
4.What is your opinion on the music industry today? What has changed, what needs to change?
5.What impact do you think the digital age of music (MP3 stores, MySpace, etc…) has had on the music industry?
6.Who is Jesus Christ to you?
7.What is Christian music?
8.What is your opinion of the Christian music industry?
9. Do you think that the Christian music scene is important?
10. Do you think that people are more receptive or against artists of faith today? Are they being taken more seriously, or is being a “Christian musician” a hindrance?
11. Do you consider yourself a Christian musician? In what way does this affect your music?
12.What is the hardest part about being a musician today?
13.What is an artist’s responsibility (if any) to its
listeners?
14.Where do you see the music industry going? What is next?
15.What is the best memory that you have of your career so far?

You will get answers over the next few weeks from:
Inhale/Exhale
Hyland
A Thousand Times Repent
Corpus Christi
The Welcome Wagon
Send Out Scuds
Take It Back!
Dirt
Brett Hill
Chris Taylor
Brooke Waggoner
Our Proclamation
Royalty Jackson
Fellow
Run Kid Run
Dominic Balli
Darkness Before The Dawn
Amy Courts
Divulgence
Faith Child
Endeverance
High Valley
Mahogany Jones
Abandon
For Today
The Goodnight Horizon
Xcess
In Irons
Neocracy
Poorly Built Parachute
Say You Will
and many more….

Realize that these answers are by the people making the music that you are listening to, and these are un-edited and real. The opinions expressed don’t always reflect ours, but we aren’t perfect either, right?

We hope you join us next Thursday for our first installment of Voices From The Underground