What’s up Juggalos, this is your big homie Big Ian popping in to shed a little more light on our newly launched Faygoluvers Music Awards and hopefully answer some of your questions in the process.
The FLMA’s have been in the planning stages for a little over a year now. Leading up to that Violent J had suggested the need for an underground awards to Scottie the year before, and I received the same message later through the grape vine. When I went to pass along that message to Scottie I found out J and he had already spoken and Scottie and I began planning this year’s awards from there.
Scottie and I spent several months getting everything ready, some time was spent brainstorming the overall layout of the awards and categories then later in the year after most of the 2014 releases had dropped we started fleshing out the nominations. Anytime I had big picture questions or needed help with a judgment call Scottie and I would link up and go over it, after about a month we had our nominations list done and moved on to having everything ready to go for the 1/1/15 release. Scottie took the lead on getting the polls set up and I was put in charge of the nominations video.
On the video portion of the awards I would like to take a moment to thank Chris Long of False Paradox Films for his tireless work to make sure our nominations video was done on time and making sure it looked as fresh as it did. If you are in need of video services or would like to see more of his work please make sure you check him out at:
Part of the reason we wanted to wait a little while before posting this longer write up for the FLMAs was we wanted to be able to see some of our readers’ reactions and hopefully answer some of your questions after the initial announcement.
I know that there have been a lot of questions from readers along the lines of, “Why wasn’t this artist included?” or “Why isn’t this artist in a particular category?” This being the first year of the awards Scottie and I wanted to keep the news under wraps until its announcement so the circle of people who were aware of the awards was very small. Yes it helped us keep things quiet until our announcement but it also limited the amount of feedback we had while planning the first year. We did our absolute best to include as many artists from as many of the underground cliques as we could but at the end of the day we only had 11 categories and 55 nomination slots to fill this year. We did not intentionally exclude anyone and can only say that it speaks to how much good music there is in the underground today that we could not include everyone this time around.
That being said we encourage you all to keep sharing your questions and opinions as that will be what we use to make the awards even better next year. We are making note of what all our readers are saying about this year’s nominations and I can guarantee that you will see changes to the awards in 2015.
In closing, 2015 is a big year for me, in a few months it will mark my 5th year with Faygoluvers and a few months after that my 10th year as a Juggalo. Looking back I can’t help but reflect on how much “The Underground” has changed in that time. There has been a lot of division in the past few years, many artists have left labels, new ones have been created and at the same time we have seen the birth and uprising of many talented artists who have developed fan bases and built careers without the help of record labels.
Competition breeds quality, yes the underground is a very different place than is was 10 or even 5 years ago but I can also say that there has never been this many talented artists putting out this much great music either. I can say that the underground has never been as diverse as it is now and I can also say that many of the artists that make up the underground are putting out some of the best music they have in years!
No matter what parts of the underground you rep or are loyal to remember this. The mainstream as we know it is dying, at the same time the underground is growing and evolving in a way I don’t think any of us fully understands yet. Someday on the horizon there will be a shift, when the number of people listening to free thinking non-corporate controlled music outnumber the people listening to the mindless garbage being pushed through their radio and when that day comes ALL of us, the people who make up “The Underground” will have won!
2014 was one of the best years of Underground Music I can remember and I expect 2015 to be even better. Let’s all use this year to come together and build an underground worth being a part of. – Big Ian