What Is Happening With Music Recording Industry? Part 1

A brief overview of current music industry and how it is affecting music-related businesses

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Before I really start this, I want to get this out of the way. No, I am not a professional writer. Yes I make some mistakes in my typing. So please tolerate if I make some mistakes. Thanks

It has been a growing concern for the last couple of years now, what is happening to the music industry? Some people say it is dying, others say it is changing, and some even claim its remaining the same. However we cannot classify the music industry under one title. There are many different variables and sectors which need to be accounted for. I will not cover them all but the ones I feel are being most affected.

I think it is safe to say the days of sex, drugs and rock n roll are coming to an end. Face it, a lot of us, including myself, were dreaming of becoming a rock star at some point. Did you ever dream of seeing yourself on stage, playing Wimbledon, or some huge stadium with thousands of fans (and fan girls) screaming your name? Or how about those girls lining up to get an autograph (or whatever you are thinking of.) And don't forget the ol' throwing the TV from the hotel window stint. Well these modern times, that whole scene seems like its gone down the drain. Now girls are lining up for boy bands, teen pop idols, and anything symbolic of the mainstream media. No offense to anyone who is into mainstream, I can bare a bit of Enrique Iglesias until Pitbull decides its time to drop in. But hey that's just not my thing. But when you go out to a local gig down the pub, or wherever, its all "Perform, have a drink, and go home."

Yeah I know, what does this have to do with the music industry? Its just bands aren't doing crazy stuff any more? It doesnt't have a direct link to the music industry, but it does affect our perception of artists, and also the culture of music. People aren't seeing fun and exciting "rebels" or "bad boys/girls" unless they are watching Nicki Minaj shake her ass up on stage arousing all the teens going through puberty, and the pre pubescent girls who think she is an "idol." Because of this sudden sense of sensibility, regarding to rock, metal, punk, grunge especially, the music industry seems to be losing its color. When I go out to the night clubs, I now only go to try and pick up girls. Hahaha yeah I know pathetic. But what else would I go there for now? I do not like the mainstream music and dubstep, sometime dubstep and mainstream mixed together that they play there. I don't waste my money on the overpriced drinks. OK I've gone off track here, but my point is that mostly people don't go out for music anymore. Sure maybe the few people who actually like the music, but a majority are a bit like me, who just want to get laid.

Technology is probably the biggest influence on the music industry. Better home recording programs and equipment are making recording studios lose business. Now I know what some of you are thinking. But they are expensive! Yes they are. But high quality record worth it. I do like these home recording programs and whatnot etc. but all these upgraded devices and programs can damage the music industry.

That is all for now, however this discussion is not over yet, I will be back soon to finish what I have started, but for now I will leave you to read, analyze, criticize or agree, and share your opinions. Good night all.

20 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Benny_W
    ...Wimbledon...? Is that a venue in the US? Or did you mean the tennis competition held in the UK?
    TheTee56
    I..er...all right..I guess? I'm not really grasping the point of this article.
    Calymos
    this article is useless. there's a difference between being an amateur writer and not organizing your ideas. i mean, come on, damn. make a point, man.
    Shornifier
    TheTee56 wrote: I..er...all right..I guess? I'm not really grasping the point of this article.
    Blind anger my friend...I'm not grasping the point either, but I totally agree with this dude. He says stuff I'm thinking and I don't get criticized for it. YES.
    Paddy McK
    Also, I'm sick of seeing the word 'mainstream' being used wrongly. It does not mean manufactured pop music, it means music that is either widely recognised or of a style that is widely recognised in a culture. Yes, Nicky Minaj et al are mainstream, as are Mozart, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and more or less any artist whose name would be recognised by a large number of people
    hriday_hazarika
    Technology isn't a bane. It's the exact opposite. It provides people without financial banking the opportunity to make their own music. What is so bad about that?
    hriday_hazarika
    Also, pop stars have always been around. People like Enrique Iglesias aren't exactly new. They've been making music before the entire "the music business/recording industry is making losses and going downhill" debacle came into the eyes of the mainstream media. I, for one, am glad that the world of music has taken this turn. If it wasn't for these cheaply available means of recording, I would've never been able to hear the music made by unknown/unsigned people. They wouldn't have been able to produce stuff solely because they wouldn't have been able to afford expensive studio time. One might say that that's a good thing because it weeds out the shitty music. But, talent isn't measured by the amount of studio time you can block. A common argument is that the music of the yesteryears was all "good" and "real" and "true" and whatever other adjectives you want to use. But, that's because all the crap from that era got filtered out and forgotten. The same thing will happen, and is happening in this new millennium too.
    shreddymcshred
    reaper08 wrote: Hey guys just to clarify, I do realise I went off track... a lot. Thats why Im writing out a 2nd part, because I realised it went off topic but it was about 2am so I didnt want to keep writing to get back on track, instead I decided to wait until Im fresh. So yeah thanks for not being too judgemental.
    So instead of sleeping on it, you said "screw it" and published an article that has nothing to do with the music industry and is of no value to anyone. You're fired.
    link no1
    One might say that that's a good thing because it weeds out the shitty music. But, talent isn't measured by the amount of studio time you can block.
    True, talent isn't about how much money you have but when you have to pull out the cash, the bands with talent will usually do the hard work and get that cash together for the awesome sounding recording they want and deserve. The shittier bands will usually just wait for the opportunity to fall in their lap, or record it via a phone or something, spamming youtube saying "listen to our awesome song, sounds professional right? We actually recorded it on a potato, who would have guessed?"
    Paddy McK
    Home recording does not damage the music industry at all. What it does is empower the artist. Making a record using a pro studio would probably put most people into debt that would hold them back for years. Recording at home is much cheaper and can achieve great results. That said, it could be argued that damaging the music industry as it stands is no bad thing. From a lot of what I can tell having spoken to pro musicians, the purpose of the record industry is and has always been to make money, end of. This means that the artists themselves often get shafted and the music can be watered down.
    fastlanestoner
    umm...kk. Anyone who claims the music business is "staying the same" is ignorant. It's always evolving, with the digital revolution especially!
    hriday_hazarika
    link no1 wrote: True, talent isn't about how much money you have but when you have to pull out the cash, the bands with talent will usually do the hard work and get that cash together for the awesome sounding recording they want and deserve. The shittier bands will usually just wait for the opportunity to fall in their lap, or record it via a phone or something, spamming youtube saying "listen to our awesome song, sounds professional right? We actually recorded it on a potato, who would have guessed?"
    No, you are absolutely wrong. Talent doesn't magically guarantee good promotion. Talent doesn't mean that someone will automatically do the hard work. One has to be really lucky to get that kind of opportunity to be famous and have enough money to do whatever they want in the studio. Being a "shitty" band doesn't mean they'll just hang around and wait for something to happen. Being a "shitty" band doesn't mean they'll record their music through a phone. Your comments make no sense whatsoever, I'm afraid. Either that, or you're looking at the music industry with rose-tinted glasses. There are tons of hard-working bands playing pubs and small gigs. 95% of them will continue doing so without getting any big break just because they weren't lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
    Reagar
    TheTee56 wrote: I..er...all right..I guess? I'm not really grasping the point of this article.
    Hahahaha this is one of my favourite comments yet
    Heat-13
    I do agree, but this does seem a bit ranty... I mean your point i would say is more whats happening to the rocknroll image. I personally find around my area (Oxford UK) there is way too much shitty clubs full of snotty kids who purposefully go and listen to crap under the pretence of being ironic... They seem rather scared of anything else... As for the alternative community they either bacame so elitist that they wont expand their ranks and will slow die off (trad goths and tech metallers) Or they morped into weird posthardcore punky types who well dont listen to good ol rocknroll and metal and punk anymore. So what am I doing? I'm making a band and bringing punk, rock, and goth back with the attitude and the kicckass tunes! (in my mind anyway) As for the actual industry. this is the kind of quality slippery sope that happens when a "service" becomes an "industry" imo
    G-scale
    welcome to the world of fonyness and greed!!!! Its ok if you play for money but creating a fake identity sucks ass. Just look at the billboard ratings all i see is bunch of greedy fonyness. Rock and roll is really dying and along with it the fun, musicality and the spirt. I've even heard that the record labels only support the commerlized music. Well its my view of seeing things.
    reaper08
    Hey guys just to clarify, I do realise I went off track... a lot. Thats why Im writing out a 2nd part, because I realised it went off topic but it was about 2am so I didnt want to keep writing to get back on track, instead I decided to wait until Im fresh. So yeah thanks for not being too judgemental.
    6-String_Madman
    As one great man said in one of the comments before... "Nowadays, people do not want substance anymore, they want Justin Bieber."
    WhoAMEye
    HEELLLLLOOOOO... Wimbledon. Dude is either aspiring to be Cliff Richard or a Womble