I watched the wonderful Lost in France recently. A documentary
about the mid to late 90s Scottish indie music scene and more specifically, the
record label Chemical Underground.
The other thing that stuck with me from the film was how the contributors had a differing take of the past and future. For some it was a magic moment in time to look fondly back on, for others a cry into the void about why the here and now couldn’t still be like those late 90s First Big Weekends of the summer. It struck me that the kind of scene established then, with a group of bands geographically clustered is less and less likely to happen now. In part (and maybe only a small part), because of the web. This could be seen as bad in taking away some of the energy from a core group of people being in the same place at the same time, but also (from my point of view) positive, in that the web is a wonderful, democratic concept that means defining by geography is less and less of a way of defining a creative process.
Maybe the past works because it is the past. It is not a model to apply to the future