Everyone thinks of pirates nowadays and they instantly think of Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom or some other movie created image that we’ve been given as a reference for pirates. Even the traditional skull and crossbones has lost some of it’s meaning. But what we have forgotten here is that pirates are not necessarily the rum-chugging, swash-buckling, foul-mouthed and smelly individuals they are depicted as in most movies. Pirates can be regular everyday people, like you or I. It was only a few decades ago that pirate radio existed, the movie of the same name proves it.
The idea of Pirate Radio was simple; operate from an area outside jurisdiction of anyone’s rules and regulations and broadcast on an unused frequency. The movie “Pirate Radio” focused on how in England pirate radio was how rock n roll was heard since it wasn’t permitted on “normal” stations. And of course over time society changed and eventually rock n roll was accepted, albeit the definition of rock n roll has changed over the years. And while watching the movie “Pirate Radio” late one night it hit me; pirate radio lives in a new generation and new form.
In a society becoming numb to rock and metal due to a constant influx of half-dressed untalented divas or wannabe thug rappers, a need for airplay has grown for supporters of rock and metal and other unpopular music forms. But there is no way to survive out in international waters a radio station like in “Pirate Radio” but there is a unregulated area bigger than international waters. And that’s the internet. A realm that is completely unregulated and uncontrolled by the music industry where any song from any music artist can not only be played but heard worldwide in it’s unedited and uncensored form. Which means anyone can get their music played and heard.
And what does this mean? This means that true pirates exist, bringing to the masses what they truly want. The seas are now the internet and the ships are the thousands of internet radio stations funded and DJed by individuals who are sick of what’s played on industry and government controlled radio stations. So that makes me a Pirate and I say long live Pirate Radio on the seas of the internet that we sail on. ARRR!