Would you stop lis­ten­ing to a band be­cause they ex­pressed cer­tain views? What if some­one had com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous crime? We asked you guys how far you can…

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It de­pends on how much of the artist’s per­sonal view­points cross over into their mu­sic. While I don’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with Dave Mus­taine’s right-wing views, for ex­am­ple, you can still fully ap­pre­ci­ate his song­writ­ing and mas­tery of the gui­tar over the course of his ca­reer.


Art is im­por­tant, and there­fore so are artists. To deny that would be to un­der­mine hu­man cre­ative en­deav­our it­self. So with artis­tic suc­cess comes re­spon­si­bil­ity. If you place de­prav­ity and ha­tred into the world in which you put your art, then syn­ony­mous judge­ment of art and the toxic mes­sages of its artist are prob­a­bly the best way in which we form de­fences against art that seeks to de­prive us of our hu­man­ity, rather than cel­e­brate it. JOSHUA HOTCHKIN

Burzum are one of my all­time favourite bands, but I’m 100% against Varg’s racist views and his vi­o­lent

ac­tions. Some peo­ple say they feel guilty for lis­ten­ing to his mu­sic, but I don’t un­der­stand that. The lyrics aren’t rife with white na­tion­al­ist sub­ject mat­ter, and the mu­sic is bloody bril­liant, so I don’t see an is­sue lis­ten­ing to it. ANDR EW PAUL OTTESON

Art with­out the artist would be mean­ing­less at many points. In my view it’s never pos­si­ble to separate the art from the artist. It’s their thoughts, be­liefs and imag­i­na­tions put into a sin­gle stream to be shared by oth­ers around them.


I find it dif­fi­cult to separate the art and artist, and if the is­sue is some­thing I find repul­sive then I won’t sup­port the band. I love black metal, but don’t lis­ten to Burzum or buy merch that might sup­port a vi­o­lent racist. Be­ing a mu­si­cian doesn’t ab­solve you from ad­her­ing to so­cial rules and de­cency.


I’ve al­ways just lis­tened to the mu­sic and never looked into what the artists are do­ing oth­er­wise. They have their own lives out­side of the mu­sic that have noth­ing to do with us. Would we want our own lives an­a­lysed as much as we do to the artists we lis­ten to? Peo­ple make mis­takes or have dif­fer­ent ideas of how things should be. Just leave them be. JOANNE KEARSEY

It’s a case by case thing for me. Dave Mus­taine is a lu­natic, but I love most of Me­gadeth’s out­put. Nik­las Kvar­forth is a dump­ster fire of a hu­man but I can­not deny how good Shin­ing’s mu­sic is… but even when the out­put of a shit­headed artist is un­de­ni­ably good, I still have a nag­ging feeling in the back of my mind that pre­vents me from to­tally en­joy­ing the work.


I pre­fer to know noth­ing of the artists/ac­tors when it comes to mu­sic, movies, TV etc. I’ve found that when I dis­like the artist, I can no longer en­joy their work. CLAY­TON FOSTER It usu­ally doesn’t af­fect me too much. Tim Lambe­sis is a bas­tard, but I still lis­ten to As I Lay Dy­ing. I find there’s some stuff that just puts me off a band, like, for ex­am­ple, the ho­mo­pho­bic views of For To­day. It wasn’t an ac­tive de­ci­sion of mine to stop lis­ten­ing to them. JAMES MATTHEWS

Gen­er­ally I can split the two if I re­ally like the band and the ac­tions aren’t too hor­ren­dous. Like, Varg is a bit mur­dery but I still like Burzum. How­ever, there’s no saving Lost­prophets. WILL RI­LEY

I be­lieve that as hu­man be­ings artists have a right to their opin­ion and a right to voice said opin­ion. That be­ing said, I can­not stand when they feel their opin­ion is more im­por­tant than any­one else’s be­cause of who they are. It’s en­tirely pos­si­ble for peo­ple to an­nounce and stand up for what they be­lieve with­out be­lit­tling oth­ers be­cause they have a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion. As long as that line isn’t crossed, I’m cool with dis­lik­ing their opin­ion but en­joy­ing their mu­sic.


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