Wednesday, November 5, 2014

There Are No More Great Bands

The takeaway from this article is, "the great bands that can headline a festival are disappearing and there is nobody to replace them." And the disparity between who is big and who isn't grows every day. A band like Kasabian can headline Glastonbury and, weeks later, tour America. This year, they went from Glasto to the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Tell me that doesn't do in someone's head.

Nobody left to headline Glastonbury? Really? Okay, then.

That right there should tell you something about the music industry. We are down to a handful of artists who are living as if it is twenty years ago--they have music labels, they get money to tour, and they get promotion of their "album." They release stuff, they live on advances--things like that.

For the vast majority of surviving musicians, there is a need to play live, cross-promote themselves, and then somehow survive on that $41.75 they get from Spotify for a million plays.

Anyone who tells you that music should still be free is delusional. The beast that was the music industry is dead. If we were to apply the economic model of music to the video game industry, then gaming would be over, too.

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