A few weeks ago, I sent an email to Pitchfork Media. It was long, perhaps too long to warrant a reply, and I didn’t expect to get one. I was basically drawing attention to the fact that there are no mentions of Chinese bands on their website, at least as far as I found as I trawled the archives.
Slagging off Pitchfork is of no interest to me. Criticisms of the their editorial style and musical tastes are fair and well-spoken for. The fact remains that, as a critical and promotional vehicle, Pitchfork Media has considerable clout and has been able, through enthusiastic coverage, have a very positive influence on the careers of a number of musicians.
So I tapped out a subject for my email (“Who gets blessed?”) and sent it away, with no expectation of reply and a single, central question: if China is fast becoming a dominant economic, geopolitical and cultural power, how does it make any sense for no Chinese bands to get mentioned on the website?
Thanks for your passion. Hope it’s getting big some day.