#1
It seems like today artists have the freedom to form side projects and do solo albums whereas in the past a band would break up to persue solo projects. What do you think cause was?

I'm thinking it was the record companies losing money because bands broke up, Thoughts?
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#2
Not sure I agree with you... How far in the past are we talking where you noticed this limited freedom?
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#4
maybe the side projects are more noticeable, and i think if it is true its just because of bands like ozzy's snatching up 5 million diff guitarists who all do their own thing and even start different bands and ten do side projects from those bands, which produce albums that reach platinum....
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I was thinking primarily 60s and 70s, The Beatles, The Police (80s I know), Yes. Just to name of a few that disbanded to persue solo careers
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#6
I don't think so. I think the industry itself is more restrictive on their creativity then ever. But, when an artist wants to make a side project, they will find backing from the record label (or a different label, or self produced) because it's a money making venture. Then it's sold as "This NEW Band" featuring the guy from "This Old Band" hoping that the fans of the old band will buy the new record without caring if its any good or not (example: Serj from System Of A Down and his project). There are some artists who go around flaunting their old band in order to sell the new one... and there are some who allow you to find out for yourself if this new band is any good, then later you find out it was that guy from that band.

If anything, artists are restricted from doing what they'd really like to do because most record labels sign a band and tell them to make radio friendly unit shifters (songs that sell records) rather then the music they have a passion for (and sometimes the lines are blurred and the band doesn't realise they are up sh*t creek without a paddle until it's too late). Most bands in this situation go along with it... whether it be due to the excitement of making it big, or ignorance to the vultures circling over head. In the end, this is what causes all that noise about bands breaking up, taking breaks for side projects, legal battles with the record company, etc.

I tend to gravitate towards artists who go it alone or take their production into their own hands to keep the industry from getting their greedy little hands on it. Tool, NIN, Black Light Burns, etc. I feel these artists are far ahead of the curve when it comes to their musical freedom.

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EDIT: But... you might have a point. Artists do have the freedom to break free of a record label and go it alone. I don't think anyone could do that years ago. Then again, this makes record labels more ravenous for money when they sink their claws into a new band. And again, it's becoming cheaper and cheaper to record quality music at your own home. But, nothing will ever top a real studio... meh... it's a complicated subject.
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#7
what you said in the edit is pretty much what I meant, and artists do side project and solo tours as well
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what you said in the edit is pretty much what I meant, and artists do side project and solo tours as well
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