There is so much hate going on in the world today, and with the advent of the internet there is no doubt that electronic music industry is not spared from it. As such, a question has to be asked: do we need “haters” in the electronic music industry?
You will be surprised by the answer we are about to give here because that answer is yes, haters are needed.
We know you’re already asking us,”Why? What for?” Let us explain:
For one, it’s because sometimes haters are the ones that point out the unsaid obvious truths about an artist’s work, bringing it to light in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Beyond that, a hater’s rhetoric prompts you to mentally recite all the lines of reasoning, ideas, actions that have led you to do what you are doing, to produce the music you are producing, and to put on the events you are organizing. Perhaps this kind of self-reflection doesn’t necessarily address the hater’s words, but it allows a new light to shine on your work, giving you opportunity to assess it from a new perspective.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, haters makes you appreciate your own work a lot more, helping to reassure you of the choices you’ve made or the opinions you’ve expressed. Haters can sometimes devote so much time and energy attacking your work that you can and should turn it into fuel and motivation to continue on your chosen path.
When it’s all said and done, it’s all about your mindset. If you have a hater, you should take a step back, examine your work and see if there’s any element of truth in what you’re reading or hearing. Is it really “hate” or is just criticism, even if voiced in an unpleasant manner? If it’s hate, turn it into yet another reason to improve yourself and work harder than ever before. Successful people have haters and those about to reach success can surely attest to the negativeness and, at times, unwarranted hate they’ve received on their journey. The difference between those who make it and those who don’t is in the mindset, and the person’s ability to turn hate and negativeness into something that pushes them to achieve more, to do more, and to do better than ever before.
This isn’t only true to music or art. It’s true to the world of any sport and, frankly, any career or even hobby.
Just to clarify though, it’s also important to differentiate between “hate” and “criticism,” whether constructive or not. Hating and criticism are two very different things. Hating is not “giving judgment,” hating is “not admitting that other realities and other reasons may exist outside of one’s own purview of the world”, resulting in the desire to ridicule, destroy, and destroy — in this precise order. That is precisely what the hater wants.
Just as you can be mistaken in letting haters get to you and thwarting you off your journey, it would be a mistake to take just criticism and label it as “hate,” carrying on with blinders and without recognizing that there is always room for improvement, no matter how good you think you are. Life is a learning curve, and truly successful people realize that the path of learning and personal education never ends.
Never forget: haters give more sense to our work. They motivate us to not to be like them, they push us to become better people, to adopt more attentiveness, enthusiasm, and satisfaction in what we do. There will be haters, and let it be so.
We have already said it but let us repeat it one last time: it’s all in your mindset, and if your mindset is right no hater can nor will ever be able to ruin the joys you experience each day in what you do as an artist or as a member of the electronic music industry.If you found this article interesting, sign up for our newsletter to learn more and to stay up to date with 6AM’s news and features on the world of electronic music.