"Taking In The Hate, Giving Out The Love" is a phrase that can help you get through a lot when you’re working in a creative space.
This article is directed towards anyone who is on the come up, is a rising talent, or have made it in their respective creative careers. One thing that you have to realize is that in this world, some people will find a way to hate on you no matter how good of a person you are or how good you are at what you do. When some people constantly keep on attacking you and your art, either by calling you out on Twiter, leaving mean comments on Soundcloud etc, this can really take a toll on your mind and especially for those who are sensitive, every mean thing will be like a dagger to their heart. Every good artist likes to evolve and the chance to show the world their different sides can be such a blessing. There are 2 reasons of hate that I often see on Twitter.
1. A person doesn’t like the work of that artist.
(People will tweet to the artist something like “Hey, go fuck yourself,” “You don’t deserve the spotlight,” “You’re just bad” etc)
2. Artist ended up releasing something different.
(People will tweet to the artist something like “Ohhh, I want the old X back,” “Hey, why did you release this Ambient bullshit? I need some dank af riddim,” “You should just stick to Dubstep” etc)
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What can you do?
If you’re an artist and ever find yourself among the above mentioned situation you should try to keep in in perspective; the internet is a cozy shield from real world interactions. That person definitely won’t run into you somewhere in the public and say “hey man I don’t like your art” or “hey, your productions suck” or “hey, you kick/snare doesn’t punch through the mix.” So if someone ends up tweeting you something bad, its best not to feed their thought, because even if he/she has some image formed about you, their 17 followers won't really care.
And if you do end up replying to the hate, this will allow many more haters to tweet at you, because they know you'll reply to such stuff and soon you'll find yourself stuck in a loop where you'll be getting some disturbing messages everyday. And until it stops, your brain and personality will have picked up some heavy damage.
In addition, you should never make something that goes against your artistic sense and have a “what will my fans think?” thought in the back of your head. It’s your vision and you should stick to it no matter what. Make and release whatever you want, whatever feeds your creative juices and the real fans will stick no matter what.
So if you find yourself in a similar situation, just block the person who tries to mess with your mind and focus on all the positive comments/messages/tweets you get, because in the end these guys will have your back no matter what. The last thing you should do is reply to that person’s hate (in my opinion) until it comes to defending yourself. And if you are someone who sends negative vibes to artists, there can be many uses of your time!
In the end, it’s all about how you handle the situation. You can either get that hate get to you or you can step back, breathe, turn that hate into something positive and productive & use that motivation in making something super dope. Hate for hate will only lead to arguments in a snowball manner between you and the hater, but hate for love will train you how to use something bad and turn it into good for yourself. And this is how you can take in the hate from the hater and give out the love in form of your art to your fans! We hope this helps you in some form or the other!