On Genre

16 Dec 2010 | from

We get asked a lot what genre of music we play, whether it's in interviews or hanging out with people after shows. It's a difficult question to answer because when we are writing music in the studio, we don't think about what genre it is. So, a lot of the time we end up saying "you tell us." The reason we say that is that we would like to leave it up to the the listener to define. To us, what we make is just music.  If it moves you, we're happy.

To be clear, I am not trying to say that I am against the idea of genres. Quite the contrary. In fact, I think that genres can be a useful way for people to communicate about music, to share music, to organize music, and to find similar music. There's a conversation that happens when you're creating within a genre that is inspiring -- once you learn the elements of a genre you can bend them and add your own personal twist to play your part in the evolution of a sound.

Another thing we are commonly asked then is "well, why then do you have the word 'glitch' in your name?" which is a very reasonable question. When we started the group, it was an experiment in collaboration and we had no plans of it going beyond that. After a few shows it started taking on a life of it's own and we had to choose a name quickly. During a brainstorming session, one suggestion a friend threw out was "The Glitch Mob." We ran with it, and it stuck. At the time it had no attachments to a genre for us.

A wiser person than myself once said, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture .” With that said... back to the studio.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.


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