'Music Is Everywhere, Which Makes it Worthless,' Music Industry Expert Explains

artist: misc date: 01/20/2014 category: industry news
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'Music Is Everywhere, Which Makes it Worthless,' Music Industry Expert Explains
Music industry expert Simon Napier Bell recently shared his thoughts on the music world's current state, giving a few interesting predicaments along the way.

Noting that the music is constantly evolving and adapting as a sellable product, Bell noted: "Music is everywhere, which makes it worthless. Therefore live music must have more and more impact. You see it already in DJ shows. Visitors experience it like a Hollywood show."

Explaining to Face Culture how he always prefers contemporary music rather than being nostalgic, Simon stressed that the new musical movement and a way of sonic delivery is bound to come soon, praising the possibilities of modern technology along the way. "I like hearing record which are always in tune, instead of [the ones] which are always out of tune," he said.

"It's quite shocking when you go back to the '60s and you hear records and go 'My God, that was a hit! I wouldn't even send to somebody that as a demo, it's so out of tune and awful.' You go back to old-fashioned rock 'n' roll records, you almost can't believe what you're hearing, that we felt it was so wonderful and now sounds completely out of tune."

After noting that "it's never been about selling music," but rather about "the musicians finding music they can sell," Bell explained that the modern music will likely follow the same pattern as usual. "What will come along today will be much the same, and it will be to fill a lack," he explained.

"Concerts become boring or dull or uninteresting or audience needs to feel more participation or perhaps quite the reverse - they're fed up with participation, they want to have something which is absolutely no part of them thrown at them so they can be amazed. So that would all be a part of what's coming along; what the musical style would be, I have no idea."

The expert once again focused on the initial thought, adding, "Like I said, the more it's cheapened and thrown around in public all the time so you hear it endlessly in boutiques and shopping centers, the more the concert experience's got to be really remarkable. And I'm not sure [whether] classical music will fade away, because we're not physically adapted anymore to sit down and be so attentive.

"Probably we'll end up changing genetically," Simon concluded. "So I think the music will be more impactive, it will be more like the show, more like what the top DJ people do now. You go to a Tiesto concert, you get some extraordinary event, which is like Hollywood music blasting at you. I think concerts will be absolutely fantastic events."


Do you agree with a stance shared here? And how do you think the music world will change in the future?
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