The Hipster Paradox in Electronic Dance Music: How Musicians Trade Mainstream Success off against Alternative Status

Authors

  • Mohsen Jadidi GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Science University of Koblenz-Landau
  • Haiko Lietz GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Mattia Samory GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Claudia Wagner GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences RWTH Aachen University

Keywords:

Studies of digital humanities (culture, history, arts) using social media, Social network analysis; communities identification; expertise and authority discovery, Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting

Abstract

The hipster paradox in Electronic Dance Music is the phenomenon that commercial success is collectively considered illegitimate while serious and aspiring professional musicians strive for it. We study this behavioral dilemma using digital traces of performing live and releasing music as they are stored in the Resident Advisor, Juno Download, and Discogs databases from 2001-2018. We construct network snapshots following a formal sociological approach based on bipartite networks, and we use network positions to explain success in regression models of artistic careers. We find evidence for a structural trade-off among autonomy and success. Musicians in EDM embed into exclusive performance-based communities for autonomy but, in earlier career stages, seek the mainstream for commercial success. Our approach highlights how Computational Social Science can benefit from a close connection of data analysis and theory.

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Published

2022-05-31

How to Cite

Jadidi, M., Lietz, H., Samory, M., & Wagner, C. (2022). The Hipster Paradox in Electronic Dance Music: How Musicians Trade Mainstream Success off against Alternative Status. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 16(1), 370-380. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/19299