dirty leeds wrote:First bit in bold, if you are going to be a professional, lifetime, career musician, yes, of course you need to be heard.
Then you have to ask if there's any pressing need for professional, lifelong, career musicians. Surely the market determines whether it's a good idea to set out to be a professional anything? For example, if I decided to become a zeppelin engineer, I reckon I'd find my opportunities limited. The fact that it was once a very lucrative industry doesn't mean much in the modern era. My opinion on whether or not that is a shame is irrelevant.
dirty leeds wrote:I don't give a fuck about your mates who are musicians - which of us has spent the past 33 years as a professional music journalist interviewing, talking to, hanging out with etc etc professional musicians all the time and is likely to have a fairly good idea of their views on this stuff? I'm talking literally thousands of 'em, by the way: I actually have interviewed about 2,000 of the cunts. [And some of 'em were cunts.]
You are indisputably better versed on how the music industry worked, maybe even works. I understand completely why you are attached to the way things have been done up until now. I get really attached to stuff too. However, things have changed and will continue to change. This is not necessarily an indictment of how things were, it's just a symptom of the passage of time.
dirty leeds wrote:Second bit in bold - frankly some musicians, in order to grow into the impressive, ground-breaking talents they later became, needed some good A&R advice along the way. Not all labels were the way you describe and not all A&R guys were coked up loons. Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson did some pretty damn fine work bringing on Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, for example - to quote just an obvious example or two from "my" area.
Yes, great art was created using the paths you refer to above and yet great art will be produced in the future using methods that in no way resemble the above. Music existed before genuinely useful A&R men and will continue without them. I am not being glib, I mean this sincerely.
dirty leeds wrote:I can tell you now, the vast majority of the musicians I deal with every day think the Spotify model of streaming is pretty much close to evil.
And most musicians I encounter don't care or don't think about it. The ones that do care don't let it impact them to the extent that they will stop creating music because that's not why they play music.