There are many different ways fans of an artist can discover the artists they become fans of. When I was a teen, music video shows -- like Signal Exchange and CCMtv -- were big parts of my after school television viewing and I would be subject to music videos of new artists and styles I wouldn't typically listen to. While YouTube seems to be the main source for music video watching today, there seems to be less of a need for music video shows and more accessibility to the videos themselves.
When I was younger, videos like "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline, "Crawl" by The Walter Eugenes (ha, it was two guys chasing each other around in public mixed with professional wrestling footage. it was hard not to like), and Switchfoot's silly "Chem 6A" that won me over (Note: I was going to include this animated pic I once found online from the Switchfoot video but it's a bit too repetitive and distracting to include here. So check it out here. :) ). I believe it was even dc Talk's "Jesus Is Just Alright" and/or "The Hardway" videos that inspired me to check them out. Typically, it's a band's live show that grabs my attention -- or, nowadays, just giving an album a serious listen -- but music videos, especially in my pre-JesusFreakHideout days, were once a chief source of finding new music.
So, now that I've dated myself painfully, my question to you - the reader of all ages:
What music videos, if any, have caused you to actually like an artist that you previously may not have?
I loved Veggie Tales growing up (who didn't?), and I still do. But there is one thing in particular about Veggie Tales that changed my life. I received Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie for my 11th birthday (or sometime thereabouts), and naturally I loved it, but what I really loved was the Special Features (particularly the "Bloopers" reel :)). Well, one of the special features was a couple of music videos, and one of them was "Mission Pieces" from the Newsboys. Prior to this, I have very little-to-no interest in music (though my brother liked Rich Mullins, so I heard him a lot), but all that changed when I discovered the Newsboys; I bought their CD Thrive with my own money (a big deal for an 11-year old ;), and just like that, not only did the Newsboys become my favorite band for at least four or five years, but I became a huge fan of music in general.
I've always loved music and am a big fan of the Beatles and music like that. I was watching an old "WOW" dvd years ago and a bonus video was the Elms "Hey,Hey" I was hooked. I've loved that band ever since.
RED - Death of Me
Children 18:3 - All My Balloons
And Then There Were None - Reinventing Robert Cohn
7. Tim said...
Music videos are still a huge part of how I, and lots of other people, learn about new music. Doesn't anyone watch TVU anymore? Music videos are the main way I get into a band. I can't imagine my album collection without them.
Showbread's video with so many camera angles mixed into the rhythm of the band playing in black&red against the white background for Mouth Like a Magazine conveyed to me an original, intense with flair, catchy attitude along with comical to extreme diction, facial expressions, mannerisms, and weird noises. Beside music videos, was anyone else touched by hearing a religious song unexpectedly at a big event, before really liking that song or band? This week at MMA Seattle (Mixed Martial Arts) for 3.41 million viewers, they played the whole AWESOME GOD rap by R Swift for the introduction of Benson Henderson, who defended his title belt vs Nate Diaz, and then used the stage for the gospel (like Mattie Montgomery of For Today).
I got into Hawk Nelson when I saw their music video for California. It made me laugh so hard! It also made me interested in the band and I started listening to more of their songs, then ended up buying their albums.
I love watching mucic videos, but they usally just increase my love or interest in a band. I usally never watch music videos by artitsts I don't know.
I found The Chariot by watching their video for David De La Hoz.