I remember the first time I listening to Wu-Tang Clan. I didn’t like them. I didn’t get it. Their sound was different from everything else out there. But after seeing the video a few times on Rap City one day it clicked. I was hooked. I became a fan and for the next several years I devoured all of their releases.
I could say the same thing for several other artists.
It took me awhile before it clicked.
I love the definition for acquired taste because of how it includes the word “experience.”
You have to try it to get it.
As an artist you can tell people about your art but it is really about getting someone to immerse themselves in it. I say “immerse” because we want someone to experience our art without distractions. Not to simply browse over it and check it out while multitasking.
Some people are good at sales. They can convince you to check out their art.
But even then, you aren’t guaranteed to get the person to command their undivided attention.
Most good art, or good ideas, are things that are different. They will be met with resistance. The key is to keep pushing the ideas so that the audience acquires taste… and gives you the attention your art deserves.