I don’t believe in ‘good’ or ‘bad’ music, as such; assuming an artist or performer is competent at what they do. I’m not a musician, so I don’t feel qualified to judge. There is simply music I like, and music I don’t like. And it’s not a fixed constant – what I like today, I might not like tomorrow.
When it comes to artistry, I think there’s a place in the world for both art and entertainment. I see popular music as as a doorway to discovering even more music — a foothold, if you like, to higher ground. I don’t begrudge the entertainers of the world, because the best ones are damn good at what they do — they encourage us to dance, sing, and feel grateful for being alive. However, I’m wary of those who try to pass superficial entertainment off as something deeper than it actually is. Nevertheless, I think the best artists somehow manage to find a happy middle ground between art and entertainment (or accessibility), without compromising their integrity.
When it comes to personal tastes, I prefer to characterise music taste in terms of breadth and depth. There’s music you know well, and music you’ve yet to discover. Patterns you understand, patterns that are currently beyond your comprehension.
We are really lucky to live in an age where technology can let people discover and explore music. Let’s not throw that away.