While filing last months email messages I came across the below exchange, in which I first learned of the existence of the ‘screamo’ genre… rereading the chain made me smile and got me thinking that I should really get your opinion on subgenres in music today. Two years ago, when applying to become an agent trainee, part of my thesis paper touched upon the subject, and I stated that one of the reasons there’s never been a more exciting time for music, both in terms of its business and its art, was the slow but sure elimination of truly distinct genres, the start of which we’ve witnessed over the last five years, give or take. Now, after this exchange, well, I think I better think it through again…

Begin forwarded message:
From: Indie on the Move   To: Ses    Subject: Available show slots in New Jersey!

On Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 1:31 PM, Ses wrote:
D!  So did all go well in Death Valley? Did Lluther ♥ Scotty’s Castle? How the eff are things?

Fwding this post-hiatus booking lead for the band. Here’s the login 411: user– xxxx pass– xxxx

On Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 3:41 PM, D wrote:
Hey Ses! Everything is grand!! We got out of Death Valley early yesterday! 😀

We’re crossing New Mexico at the moment on our way to Lubbock TX. I’m still calculating routing for when we’ll be back east.  We’re starting a intensive promotion campaign for our shows next month regarding local radio stations etc etc.  We also have a few leads regarding sponsorship so fingers crossed on that one. I have a great feeling about it.

How’s you? Hope yer well!

On Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 4:24 PM, Ses wrote:
BTW did you notice this: “All genres are accepted except for Hardcore and Screamo.”  OMG, WTF is ‘Screamo” – that’s a real genre?

Srsly? Gawd save the dead! xx

On Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 4:32 PM, D wrote:
unfortunately… yes, yes it is… Screaming EMO music.

On Sat, May 14, 2011 @ 4:38 PM, Ses wrote:
Honestly, i think i just officially stopped being stoked about the plethora of cross and sub genres in music today.  So, if there’s a way to fix this, please let me know how I can help, I’m more than happy to do my part…

Welcome to Music+Moxie’s first-ever reader poll, hereinafter known as FOR IT/AGAINST IT – please vote and share your thoughts!  As evidence of my sincere curiosity, I even allow write in answers for you nonconformists and extra-free thinkers. xx

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