There are countless bands and artists out there in the world, looking for anything that will set them apart from the rest. Sometimes they try to create their own genre/sound, and other times they try to be different in terms of style, character, and what not. Most settle for an easier route, which is to simply subtract letters or add symbols to your name. And when you do that, you open up the possibility (and inevitability) of somebody mispronouncing it. Here are five artist/bands who often have their names mispronounced on a wide scale.
Underground but quickly emerging artist 6LACK instantly comes to mind. I would be rich if I got dollar for every time I’ve read or heard someone call the mystically dark, R&B/rap artist “six-lack”. It’s pronounced “black”, but the six is just so deceiving that people feel the intense and dire need to pronounce the number. It most likely comes from the fact that he’s from Atlanta, more specifically Zone 6. Now, I’m not going to pretend like I have always pronounced it correctly. In fact, I pronounced his name “slack”, thinking that nobody in their right mind would call themselves “six-lack” and be proud of it. Thus, I creatively mispronounced the name, thinking that it was more artistic. But simply, it’s pronounced “black”, and I, like 6LACK, only wish people would respect that and stop calling him “six-lack” on purpose.
This alt rock band who exploded in 2015 and has sinced ruled Vans Warped Tour, toured with Fall Out Boy, and is about to tour with Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars, is also subject to being mispronounced. Pronounced “Paris” like the French city, the letter v is only supposed to represent the letter a. Most likely because of copyright, the band deemed it fit to simply flip the a into a v. However, this automatically confuses people. To pronounce the v or not, that is the question. When I first discovered the band and fell in love, I went around telling friends to bump that new “Piv-ris”. I know, how foolish of me. However, I took comfort in knowing I wasn’t the only one. Now, I annoyingly correct those who mispronounce. But think about it, “piv-ris” is kinda cool.
This one should be simple enough. But oh no. This minimalist dream pop group have often been called “the x”, simply having people ignore the blatant fact that there are two frickin’ Xs there. Even worse is people saying “the exes”. Mispronouncing it “the female” due to the fact that two X chromosomes determines the female sex has also surfaced. Okay, nobody’s said the last one to me, but I don’t doubt that someone out there pronounces it that way. It’s “the Ex Ex”. Plain and simple.
The artist who delivered the hit “Uber Everywhere” also has a name missing letters.The young rapper from Atlanta and Tokyo has a stage name pronounced “Made in Tokyo”. Why he dropped the O, the K, and spaces? I don’t know. But I, like many, had fallen short and pronounced it how it looks: “made-in-tie-o”. I’ve heard it pronounced “made-in-tee-o” and “made into you”. So I feel slightly better about how I mispronounced it.
I’m not going to front and act like I know this guy’s music. I only know the the track “Higher”. But whenever I saw the artist name on the related artists on Spotify, I was always unsure of how to pronounce it. Do I treat the name as an acronym and say “S-B-T-R-K-T”, or do I string it all together in a jumbled up “sa-bay-ter-kat”? Both are incorrect, and I am ashamed of saying both, just as others should too. It’s easily pronounced “subtract”, and once you see it, you will hate yourself for not catching it sooner.
I know you are guilty of at least one of these. Comment below if you know any other bands or artists that have names that people can’t help but screw up.
image via 6LACK twitter account