Where are the brony musicians

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Where are the brony musicians

Postby scootaloomlp » 08 Jan 2017 17:16

Hello i used to listen to the brony musicians music back in like 2012-2014 and i cant find it anymore are you guys still around making music or what has happaned thanks.
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Re: Where are the brony musicians

Postby Pulse Wave » 06 Feb 2017 00:43

Most of the big names (and especially the very big names) quit hanging around at forums altogether. Some of their older music that used to be part of the MLP Music Archive can now be found on Pony.fm. Newer stuff is often only available on Bandcamp, and if you don't want to pay for it, you have to rip it from YouTube with abysmal audio quality due to two- or three-fold lossy compression. If you're lucky, then they offer free downloads with links below their YouTube videos.

That said, some don't even make pony music anymore for various reasons (moved on, contractually forbidden to make fan music, mobbed out of the fandom by their haters...).
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Re: Where are the brony musicians

Postby Sneik » 09 Mar 2017 20:52

Horse music is almost dead in my opinion. Most musicians form "the old guard" left the fandom years ago. Of course there are some exceptions, but there are few of them. There are also some new names, but they do not have so much attention as their older mates used to have, and they haven't improved their skills yet in most cases.
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Re: Where are the brony musicians

Postby ExoBassTix » 16 Mar 2017 02:42

It's a shame, because we really had something special. But for sure, there are still people making poni poni music. I might only directly know of the Pinkamena Party and Ponies At Dawn collectives (which you should definitely check out; P@D is like the new and better Balloon Party, of which PP is a parody), but I know there's more out there. Like Sneik said, they don't get widespread acclaim anymore because brony music is no longer a thing most bronies want in their lives anymore.

I'd imagine that most people have gotten past their pony music phase. I personally never truly got in it at all (except for that one Harsh Noise split and sporadic pony soundclown memes), but I don't really feel like the decrease in pony music popularity has affected my desire to make pony music that much.
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Re: Where are the brony musicians

Postby Pulse Wave » 26 Jun 2017 05:12

Oh, we do still have very active pony musicians. Look at 4everfreebrony, for example, or the Wasteland Wailers, one of our very music groups. Black Gryph0n still makes music, but he avoids mentioning anything pony, so even IMMortal is mostly only reminiscent of pony.

The main problem, however, is the bronydom's attachment to those who rocked the pony music scene in '11/'12. Those who were around back then will always either keep comparing everything new to the classics (Mic, Tombstone, JackleApp, Eurobeat Brony, Sim Gretina and what have you) or cling to the classics so hard that they don't even notice that there's more to pony music. They tend to skip all music posts on Equestria Daily that don't have any of the old names catching their attention. And newfoals seem to often be indoctrinated into early brony music while being convinced that everything that came after "I Am Octavia" is crap. If they don't know any better, and they often don't, they might buy into that attitude.

It's also true that many brony musicians only used pony as a stepping stone to a career as a big professional pop/EDM producer or rock star. Once they managed to achieve that, they dropped pony altogether (often having no choice due to their contracts) and sometimes even pretended they had never made any pony music. Others have been mobbed out of the whole fandom for good by zealots who used brute force to expel people they didn't like from the fandom.

The controversial popularity of the big names—along with fanbois and fangurls gushing over them and total musical n00bs trying hard to collab with them in order to piggyback on their horse fame—keeps them in the shadows for most of the time, only surfacing when they release something new or attend a con. There's hardly any halfway big name left who still visits any pony forum, and this has been so for years now. They've completely retreated to instant messaging, social networks/microblogging services or even to e-mail.

And it has become increasingly difficult to find good pony music, especially for those who don't closely watch EqD. There are three major distribution channels for pony music, none of which is a pony site. One: YouTube. If you're looking for pony or brony music on YouTube, you have to either already know some names or wade through masses of crud uploaded by fame-whoring but talentless kiddies who think they can become the next Sim Gretina over night. Two: Soundcloud. And that's already far less used than YouTube because YouTube has more users. Needless to say that hardly anypony allows their music to be downloaded from Soundcloud, because three: Bandcamp. If it's quality music by halfway well-known names, you pretty much always have to pay for it. Or rip it from YouTube or Soundcloud and deal with sub-par sound quality. Brony musicians who know they're good seem to always try to turn their pony music into money; what's on Pony.fm is either taken over from other music archives or uploaded by the nameless, faceless mass with next to no listeners.
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