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Phoebe Bridgers has opined on the growing popularity of social music discovery, calling those who hate on social media platforms – and particularly TikTok – “classist”.
“I have never thought of [social media] as a replacement for fan interaction, but I think that hating it, hating TikTok and social media is like classist,” Bridgers said. “It’s just how kids connect to music.”
She added: “It’s like, so what if someone found music on TikTok? It’s accessible and it’s a community of people showing each other something.”
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Bridgers also heaped praise on social music platforms for their ability to transcend borders. “You don’t have to be in the New York music scene listening to a noise rock band in a basement to know a band,” she shared.
“I feel like the Internet is kind of an equalizer; someone can go viral on fucking Bandcamp,” Bridgers said. “You don’t even really necessarily have to be on streaming, especially in a time where you can’t play shows.”
Watch the full conversation between Phoebe Bridgers and Beabadoobee below:
TikTok’s vast popularity has not only driven the rise of new stars such as Beabadoobee, but also the discovery of classic bands by a generation of young listeners. In October, a viral TikTok video sent Fleetwood Mac’s 1980 album Rumours back to the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
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