I wrote this piece for Radio.com over the course of a few months while conducting interviews with these three artists.
Foals really kicked the idea off for me. When I was thinking of what to ask them, back in February, I knew I wanted to talk about their perception of the press and that they’d have something interesting to say.
Then when I had Jessie Ware, I thought she’d take a much more positive view as a beneficiary of good press so I asked her as well.
And finally, Airborne Toxic Event — I was not planning to discuss the topic with them when our interview started, but they had very interesting points of view on the other things we talked about so I threw it out and they raised some good points that helped me get to my larger point.
Where do you stand on art criticism? Is it necessary in a world where consumers can access anything with the touch of a button? Do the artists themselves still need it to help evolve art? Or has the form devolved so badly that we should rip it up and start again?