The Center for Applied Linguistic Studies of the IFL Works Online
The Center held an online lecture of Dan Szetela, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, who has taught at Petrozavodsk State University and has recently returned to his homeland, the USA.
Dan Szetela met with the 5th year students (program Teacher Education. English Language and French Language) to talk about music as an art form. The lecture focused on DIY music and musicians who promote groups and compositions independently from large record labels.
The lecture consisted of two parts. In the first part Dan, who plays several instruments, shared his experience. At age 14 he took interest in the indie music scene, while at college Dan has worked as a DJ and manager at WMCN radio. He has founded his record label and is a self-taught audio engineer. The lecturer elaborated on the concept of DIY (Do It Yourself) in music not only as individual creativity but as collective creative activities of musicians.
Dan highlighted that the movement originated in the 1970s when English-speaking punk groups created music, not for commercial purposes but to exert social and political influence on society. This laid the foundation of DIY in music. DIY developed in the 1980s and musicians who strived to disassociate themselves from producers founded their record labels, arranged tours with the help of friends and acquaintances. Internet greatly contributed to the development of the movement, as thanks to social services and platforms musicians started publishing free demo versions of songs and music pieces and thus promoting their bands.
In the second part of the lecture, Dan introduced indie groups and musicians of the state of Minnesota, where he has studied at college, and did a review of music bands, venues and forms of support to indie musicians. The meeting was enlightening and piqued everyone’s interest. Students inquired about the future of Dan’s record label and potential musical career.
The students of 152 group and Svetlana Guseva, Associate Professor of the Department of the English Language, express their enormous gratitude for the presentation!