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I love music, yet hate the industry
« on: May 11, 2015, 06:10:34 PM »
Don't get me wrong. I love music. It's a passion that never dies out or gets old with me. But I really, REALLY hate the industry itself. Before I believe around  1995, music was about the quality of your song and the message you put out.

But now, it's more about who is "marketable" based on how they look rather than the quality of work they put out. A quality singer is tossed aside in a minute for someone that has "the look". Not the skill, "the look"

And that is why I hate the industry as it is now. Just flash, and very little to no substance.

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Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 06:43:38 PM »
I don't know, I think the industry has always been about selling an image. You don't see a lot of completely unattractive people involved in famous bands. It seems like the most original bands were often relegated to the niches while various images are pushed onto the masses until they stop being trendy. I guess that's why they call it the industry though.

That's why I like DIY. I've met so many people who are booking things or putting out records just to help people. They aren't trying to use you to bolster their status. A lot of DIY projects don't even break even so it's cool that people are willing to just help when they can.

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Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 05:27:04 AM »
I think the industry has been like that ever since only it's just been worse now. I have to agree though, I love music but I just hate the industry and what they're doing to the music. It's all about the look now and what you show and not what you can give through a message or emotions. Music is something that should be felt not something that you look at and yet it's becoming like this recently. People will like the music just because it's this singer or that band that had a relationship with whoever or who had a scandal/issue with whatever. I really hope there would be more artists that would be recognized not by what the people see but what they hear and feel from that artist's music.

Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 04:50:09 PM »
Image sells, sex sells, this has long been the case in the mainstream. I don’t know if it’s more pronounced than it has been before but it’s true, marketing is everything in that case. And it’s hard to avoid, unless you go completely for indie and DIY scenes.

Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2015, 07:16:38 AM »
Sex has always been a part of the music industry. It has been like this since the 50's. It's just more "into your face" these past years. It's evolution. Let it happen. We'll see in a few years. And I think the music industry should practice transparency and be more open to amateurs like us.

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Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2015, 12:15:38 AM »
I think essentially every decade since the advent of commercial music has been a sell out decade. There's always been image-driven, watered down bands, even back in the jazz age. It's just easier to call current bands now because we're inherently more knowledgeable about the current crop of mainstream music than we would be about the past's.  I honestly don't think the industry has changed that much in this regard. The corporate labels have always had specific trends they pushed. It's just a lot of those bands aren't all that remembered. Just go look at a garage sale or a flea market, you'll find a lot of forgettable records that  sold because they fit into an old trend that doesn't register to us. There's also always been really cool underground bands. We might malign the 80s for bad new wave music but there were plenty of cool alternative bands hiding right under the surface. it's the same as it is now.

I think there are definite changes in the music industry but their general ideology in regards to the types of bands they sign is still pretty much the same.

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2015, 03:40:52 PM »
Yes, I think the industry kind of got warped into this whole concept of catchy songs and easily marketable but this was also the case decades ago. It's just the fact that nowadays only the good songs from years ago are broadcasted.

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Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2015, 05:09:09 AM »
Yes, I think the industry kind of got warped into this whole concept of catchy songs and easily marketable but this was also the case decades ago. It's just the fact that nowadays only the good songs from years ago are broadcasted.

Of course people are going to like music they're already familiar with, which is one of the driving psychological forces behind pop music that keeps people coming back for more and buying albums of nearly identical material.

The industry is afraid of drastic change and it shows with the songs they put out monthly, and there has been little in the way of real progress in decades. But the stagnation is what keeps the industry alive, because as I said - people are coming back for what they already like.
Yeah, the music industry has stagnated for a decade at least. I think that newcomers should try to set the bar up for the industry. It is hard to change the views of millions of people but as we already know:  the society of today is easily influenceable.

Re: I love music, yet hate the industry
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2015, 01:27:32 AM »
Do you ever find yourself look at records from the 50's & 60's & saying to yourself, 'If this brilliant singer came out with this album today I'm 100% sure they would never have been on the radio.' I find myself doing that a lot. It's depressing but then I look to things like YouTube that open doors for people their face or looks could not. There's always a balance even if the industry tried to tip the scales.