I love music more than anything. It doesn’t matter what kind it is. I love it. I will go to literally any concert (side note: I did in fact attend a One Direction concert in high school, and I did not in fact know the names of any of the members at the time. Basically a crime in a setting where every girls was wearing a shirt with “HARRY LIAM NIALL ZAYN” glittered across their boobs).
A lot of people will say “Oh, I like all different genres” when you ask them what music they like. And it’s a total cop-out, but I’m genuinely one of those people. I legitimately love 60’s rock as much as I love 90’s pop, and even 80’s (thought by many to be the worst decade for music, but I beg to differ- what other kind of music makes you so happy when you listen to it?), up through today. The three days I spent at Lollapalooza last year in Chicago were three of the best days of my life, because I got to see Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Kid Cudi within the same 24 hours. I got to live in basically three different decades of music.
Along with music comes art. They go hand in hand more than anything. I mean, musicians are also called “artists.” No coincidence. But my point is the album artwork, tour t-shirt designs, logos, photo shoots, music videos, and concert posters, that are all part of the music business. And that’s where these beauties come in:
Shakespeare’s Ophelia reference in that last one. Whoa.
Music has always lent itself to visuals, what with the “theater of the mind” and all that. When you listen to a song, you have an idea in your head of what’s going on, and you usually want to be there (unless it’s a Bruno Mars song).
The posters add to the universe created by the band, whether imaginary or real, and there’s nothing like the style of a classic concert poster. It has this surreal vintage effect, and I love it when newer bands like Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire use it. There are even print shops that still creates posters using the ages-old letterpress technique, especially in Nashville, just to get that authentic, artful, hand-drawn look.
That’s something not even Illustrator can recreate.
Your 20’s/40’s/60’s/80’s/2000’s music fan,