Cynically Sound

I’m Joel Russell-Winter – writer of the Cynically Sound series, and I’ll be honest with you; I’m pissed off with how the music industry is shaping up at the moment.

Every week on Cynically Sound I’ll be deconstructing a different part of the modern music scene with my own unique flair and viewpoint. Aiming to unravel the threads to this colossal cluster-fuck, in order to challenge you, to interact with the music industry in a new way.

Welcome to Cynically Sound.

The ‘Ed Sheeran’ Complex

Consider this a spiritual successor to my previous post; Pain and Productivity . It covers similar ground, but from an empathetic view for the offending artist. So if you haven’t read that one, go read it. Go, now! Then come back here. I’ll stick the kettle on while I wait. Mr. Sheeran Now, I understand there …


Fame, Money & Excess

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey Fame, money and excess. These three things seem to denote when a musician is deemed ‘successful’. This holy-trinity is sold off to the general public as the ultimate …


The Secret to Enjoying Pop

Pop music garners a lot of hate in certain music circles, but I’ve discovered the key to pop music enjoyment… Guys, I never want you to feel like I look down on parts of the music industry, or that these posts come from a place of pretentiousness. These are just simple posts that examine bits …