a couple of months ago, myself and some fellow creative friends decided to take on a little monthly challenge.
we pick a prompt and then all draw something based on said prompt, in our own style. the idea was that it would be fun, keep us creative and it could encourage other creatives to get on board and come join us.
for me, it's a chance to practice my illustration as well; I see myself as a creative director/graphic designer so it's always good to be out your comfort zone and to improve the skills you're slightly less confident with.
we use predominantly instagram to share our shenanigans, but they're also spread about on facebook and twitter. if you'd like to come join us, then head on over to insta and follow the hashtag #wedrawmoretogether.
so far we've had CACTUS:
For transparency I don't have Danish TV so I sat for many hours scouring all the performances on YouTube which I think is actually a good thing because it means I know none of the judges comments or what the public opinion was for each act.
I also noted some main differences between X Factor DK and UK, you lucky potatoes:
1. Denmark XF uses a live band! As far as I know UK have backing tracks which is never as magical.
2. The Danish budget is LOW compared to UK, which is kinda obvious but it really slaps you in the face when you see the contestants getting the bus home after rehearsals.
3. There is no judges houses in DK. Sad face.
4. Denmark has ABSOLUTELY NO CENSORED SWEARING. Anything goes, even for kids.
5. The DK winner doesn't win a record deal but a tour of the shopping malls.
Right, on to the meaty stuff; I've only covered Kristian, Live and Echo because those are most likely to have a future career as an artist, in my humble yet kinda professional opinion. I've linked each performance so you can go check them out for yourselves.
Right, first of all, this is (kinda) my opinion and also focuses on commercial pop artists so don't @ me!
I have been fascinated with this topic for a LONG time and had many arguments/discussions with various musician friends about it. I've heard the standard points; 'X factor is shit', 'go to watch local bands who are GOOD', 'people who write their own songs are BETTER'.
In reality, I think these points are completely subjective and very generalised.
To me, there are five factors that make an artist successful:
4. musical ability