Derek Webb doesn’t like the Christian music industry. The very idea of it. He says so in his latest podcast. Here are some quotes:
“I don’t think a lot of marketing yourself, promoting yourself based on your world view. It doesn’t make any sense.”
“I’d much rather just be able to make music and not have expectations based on my worldview on it, because no one else has to deal with that. It’s been hard for me to deal with that. It’s kept me from being honest a few times. Because I’m afraid of, or I know that I won’t be able to get away with, really doing or saying or really creating art I have in me to do but I know is not going to work. I know I’m not going to be able to get away with it. And the only reason I can’t get away with it is because I’m in a market that promotes me based on my worldview…I’m first a Christian for some reason. Like I can’t just be an artist and be honest. I have to be a Christian artist. So immediately I’m judged by that first.”
“I think Christianity is disparaged, like the idea, the world view of Christianity, the idea of following Jesus, is seen as not a very good idea based on the bad art that people make under the heading of Christian art. I think people see bad Christian art and it makes them less likely to want to even take a look at the person of Jesus and what it means to follow Him.”
“I think churches are bad concert venues…I don’t playing in churches. I don’t subjecting churches to having to have concerts.”
“If you want to just sing songs just go and do that, no one’s stopping you.”
What do you think?