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Five musicians worth following on Twitter

The commonplace with celebrities on Twitter is that microblogging allows them to share a little bit of their inner lives with the public. You get an insight into who they actually are, rather than a polished press release image.

But this isn’t always true, especially when they use the platform for relentless self-promotion and self-aggrandising retweets.

For musicians, the age of Twitter has instituted a new age of engagement with fans. Which artists are using it well? Here are five of our favourite musical follows.

El-P

As a young producer and rapper El-P has a reputation for surliness, but he’s mellowed (a little) in his old age and maintains what must be one of hip-hops most entertaining Twitter feeds.

That being said, a great deal of the entertainment comes from his sardonic, cynical worldview and his snappy retorts, so maybe he hasn’t mellowed out all that much.

https://twitter.com/therealelp/status/491805151196233728

Questlove

The Roots drummer has long has a reputation as a knowledgeable and charming man, but now that he’s on Twitter all that wit and wisdom can be shared with us plebs as well as his music biz friends.

Questlove uses the platform the right way, interacting, sharing interesting links and his own thoughts, and not leaning too hard on boring self-promotion.

Ezra Koenig

Vampire Weekend are a divisive band. Too poppy and posh to be credible? Up to you, although really only people with beards and Jack Daniels t-shirts consider credibility to be important in the world of modern rock music.

Frontman Ezra Koenig’s musings on Twitter, though, would charm even the hardest of hearts.

Craig Finn

I may be allowing some personal preference to slip through my usual iron mask of journalistic objectivity here, because I love The Hold Steady, but Craig Finn is an entertaining follow.

As befits such a garrulous writer, he covers an eclectic range of topics. That being said, UK readers will probably want to urge him to Stop With the Baseball Chat. It’s just cricket for children!

Luke Haines

Flying the flag for the UK on this list, the splenetic Haines took to Twitter happily, presumably because he has roughly three hundred opinions a day and isn’t always able to share them with people in real life.

If you want an excoriating look at the British music scene, politics and popular culture, the Auteurs founder is your man.

An honourable mention should go to neo-soul legend Erykah Badu (who at the time of writing has spent the last two days winding up a punter foolish enough to have a go at her) and Prince, obviously.

 

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Fearghus was tempted into training as a journalist after an injudicious exposure to the Tintin books at an early age. He worked in several content marketing and writing jobs before starting at Clowdy, where he deals with blogging, social media and other non-Tintin or international espionage-related activities.

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Fearghus Roulston

Fearghus was tempted into training as a journalist after an injudicious exposure to the Tintin books at an early age. He worked in several content marketing and writing jobs before starting at Clowdy, where he deals with blogging, social media and other non-Tintin or international espionage-related activities.