Image for Whitley Backs Triple J Bias Claims: “They’ve Failed”

Whitley Backs Triple J Bias Claims: “They’ve Failed”

Written by Nastassia Baroni on January 15, 2014

Australian artist Whitley has slammed radio station Triple J for its narrow-minded playlist, saying that it has failed as a tax-payer funded station. The statement, made via his Facebook page, comes after a Fairfax report was published, claiming musicians were altering their sound to suit Triple J.

“JJJ has an excruciatingly narrow-minded playlist that caters for the lowest common denominator, wrote Whitley on his page. “In my opinion they’ve failed as a tax-payer funded radio station that is supposed to challenge and present new ideas for the youth of Australia.”

Several anonymous artists were quoted in the original report as having deliberately catered their songwriting to appeal to what they call the “Triple J sound”. Said a 27-year-old Melbourne musician, “We did, to be honest, cater the songwriting to Triple J in the beginning.” The artists declined to be named for fear of repercussions.

But yesterday Whitley, real name Lawrence Greenwood, came forth with his criticism of the station after a comment was made on his Facebook Page asking why his album Even The Stars Are A Mess, wasn’t included in the voting for the upcoming Hottest 100.

“Because JJJ didn’t play any of Even The Stars Are a Mess,” responded Whitley. While he thanked triple j for helping kick off his career, the artist also criticised the station for failing to challenge and present new ideas for the youth of Australia.

“As a tax-paying Australian, I reserve the right to criticise the changes in JJJ over the last decade, which I see as detrimental to the expansion and nourishment of young minds of limitless potential,” he wrote during a debate that surged on the social media site, with fans and detractors alike commenting on the his remarks.

Music journalist Nick Milligan also joined in on the debate. “My biggest problem with Triple J is their apparent desire to pander to what they think their demographic might like, rather than choosing the best quality music and actually being “taste”makers” and guiding the listening audience,” he wrote.

In a subsequent post Whitley defended his right to an opinion, while clarifying his intentions in making these comments. “This is an opinion, we all have them, I don’t personalise them by saying ‘Richard Kingsmill is a bad person and he is a bla bla bla…’ I simply disagree with how the radio station is run,” he wrote.

“I’m not doing this for fun or attention, or to vent,” continues the artist. “Do you think JJJ will play my shit again? I doubt it. So did the five musicians in The Age article last week, but they wouldn’t say their names so it kind of had no-one standing behind it. Now there is.”

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

More On Music Feeds

News

This Super-Intense ‘Drummers On Drugs’ Video Is Comedy Gold

Musicians have long been known to dabble in drugs for ‘inspiration’, but a US muso has taken it upon himself to (legally) show the world how drugs can effect the skills of a drummer, and the results are pretty spot on.

News

Billie Joe Armstrong Reckons The VMAs Aren’t Supporting Rock Bands

Yesterday’s 2015 MTV Video Music Awards saw pop royalty bask in the spotlight of one of the biggest music award shows of the year, but Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong believes the VMAs aren’t showing enough support for up-and-coming rock acts.

News

Let Them Eat Cake 2016 Lineup Will Arrive This Month

September’s shaping up to be another festival-lineup-filled month, with Victorian festival Let Them Eat Cake today promising to unveil the artists on their bill in just a few weeks.

News

Bono Becomes World’s Richest Pop Star Thanks To Facebook

It’s a Beautiful Day to be Bono, because the frontman of Irish rockers U2 has become the world’s richest pop star thanks to his stake in social media giant Facebook.

Music Videos

Destroyer – ‘Times Square’

Canada’s Destroyer, fronted by Mr Dan Bejar, have unleashed the cute animated video for their latest single, Times Square, which appears on their latest album, Poison Season.

News

Peking Duk Throw Down Challenge To Karl Stefanovic That Will 100% Result In An Amazing Tattoo

The unique friendship between Canberra electronic duo Peking Duk and breakfast TV badass Karl Stefanovic continues to blossom, with the Say My Name tunesmiths issuing a bizarre challenge to the Today host.

Around the web

This May Also Interest You