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Yesterday, I witnessed a first in the metal community. The man behind Lustre, Nachtzeit, used his band’s Facebook profile to reach out in search of a romantic partner. While it’s easy to view this as misuse of social media, it created something of a chain reaction in the black metal community. He has since made multiple posts explaining his initial update and has mocked the community for its harsh reaction.
First off, let’s look at this as a serious act. If this is the case, the sense of melancholy and longing that Lustre’s music so clearly evokes is sincere, and he’s using an extension of his musical persona to seek partnership. If anything, the trolling from the community, which ranged from “you lost a fan” to “you’re a virgin” to even “members of Cradle of Filth will be laughing at you,” disappoints me.
Now let’s say that this was an attempt at pulling one over on fans. He got a reaction and used it as an opportunity to lash out at elitists. While I’m all for taking a chance to call any community out on unwarranted judgment, it’s stooping a bit low to try to trick people into reacting.
Regardless of the artist’s intentions, the one thing that sticks with me most is that in a community where artists with hateful and bigoted stances receive a pass for making enjoyable music, a man who was allegedly seeking companionship was cast out. Yes, it’s silly to use a Facebook band page to find a partner, but is it career suicide? Lustre’s presence has always been that of an individual who happens to make music rather than a professional band trying to have a detached, business only persona.
What is your take on this? Is this just a social media fumble from an artist channeling his own loneliness, or a severe misstep that could cost a musician his fanbase?