We work with more Steampunk musicians than almost anyone else in the world. But that doesn’t give us the right to tell everyone else what is or isn’t Steampunk music. It DOES, however, give us a bit of perspective.
Rather than trying to figure out who is and isn’t allowed to come and play with us, how about this –
If it’s music that creates, promotes, or inspires Steampunk, then it can damn well be called Steampunk music.
Does it matter if you dress Steampunk? If you have Steampunk lyrics? If you call yourself Steampunk? If you play Steampunk events? Sure! Any of those things adds meaning to Steampunk music.
But at the end of the day:
If what you play makes the Steampunk world a better place, it’s good enough for me.