Korn: 'Music Now Is More Popular Than Ever, But You Can't Do Great Things Anymore'

"For music in general, now is a better time," Jonathan Davis adds.

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Korn singer Jonathan Davis recently shared his thoughts on old vs. new ways of music industry, saying that although today is better time for music, he prefers the old-school approach.

"I think music now is more popular than ever. It's more readily available. People are listening to music more than ever now," Davis kicked off during a Shure chat.

"I think the old model, the way [record companies] used to do things, got old and tired, and people just need to think of new ways to put music out there. I mean, it is what it is," the vocalist continued (via Blabbermouth).

Further elaborating his stance, Jonathan added, "If you ask me, do I prefer the old-school ways? Yes, I do. Back then, you could do so much more, and we got to do such great things like doing that live thing at the Hammersmith [Ballroom in New York City] to playing a show on an airplane.

"Back then you could do big things like that. Now it's not possible. That's just for me personally; I miss those times. But I think for music in general, [now] is a better time," he concluded.

Korn's latest studio effort, "The Paradigm Shift," saw its release in October 2013 via Prospect Park, landing at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

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    Well dear mr. Davis, probably YOU can't do great things anymore. Times change and so do the ways to do something new and achieve things, you just have to find a new way how...and having a pretty mediocre dubstep project is definetly NOT the way.
    Have to agree, JD and co simply did self-admittedly make that album just to stay relevant because dubstep was the latest thing. That's not exactly the KoRn who helped kickstart the Nu Metal era with their innovative style of music
    Well some things tend to get lost in the process when reaching out to a bigger audince. Hopefully jonathan can pin point down what he think he's missing and take it back with him when producing in the future.
    Most music nowadays is mass produced shi* that is popular for couple of weeks then it gets forgotten. There are good bands and artists but not that many timeless classics are made.
    Timeless classics are still delivered every week, you just have to look a bit harder than 20/30 years ago.
    Timeless classics every week? Not even close. There is still great music coming out, of course, but not nearly that frequently.
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    We may not see them as timeless classics now, but they are there. I'm pretty sure people thought the same way back then too.
    The "every week" part may be a little over the top, but then 1) **** the term "classic", and 2) besides that, he's right, and everyone who claims music these days is worse as a rule is stupid.
    I think Davis actually has a great point here. The music world is not as extravagant as it was; less million selling artists, less gigantic shows, etc. I don't mind actually, it saves me a lot on concert tickets expenses =p
    as far as I know the ticket prices nowadays are higher than ever, as they are one of the main sources for artists to get money, besides merchandise and that stuff...
    Exactly. Not harping on Davis, but when he mentioned how you can't do extravagant things like perform on a plane anymore, all I thought to myself was "...and the problem is?"
    So why can't they play a show in a airplane now? He could charter a jet and sell tickets if he wanted. Bands do charter boats and do shows on weekend getaways. Weezer, 311, and Flogging Molly have all done that. You can create an interesting experience if you want to. It doesn't even have to be that grandiose. The only difference between then and now is that bands don't get huge paychecks as easily because the music industry has changed. I don't think there will ever be another Nirvana - Nevermind or Metallica - Black Album. The launching point for massive commercial success just isn't there anymore largely because we access music in a completely different way now. We don't have to listen to whatever band gets the most radio play or commercial exposure. We get to pick and choose what fits our individual tastes more. As Trent Reznor once said in the 90's "People you don't know dictate what you listen to." How can the old way possibly be better?
    Oh come on. He can do an amazing thing. The greatest thing in his entire career. He can quit music.
    "Back then, you could do so much more, and we got to do such great things like..." yes you could, because you were lucky to hit a trend and had a huge ****ing label behind you. Bands who were not lucky couldn't, and many bands who had far more to say music-wise were in far bigger obscurity. Now bands who don't have a label can actually do "great things", and that's why the "it was better back then" point relating to music is retarded.
    He is right. Dropping the "greedy record companies" leaves less capital for bands to use in their projects. The two sides of being in a big band are THE ART i.e. making the music and creating the projects you love and THE BUSINESS which is getting the music to the people in exchange for the money to keep fuelling THE ART. Now that recordings don't make as much money, the big companies that used to fuel all those big and innovative projects big bands could do no longer have a profit in doing so. This will lead to fewer/lower-quality recordings from existing bands (until their personal money runs out) and most tragically to fewer and fewer young bands having a chance at breaking it big. When there was more loose money in the business, the record companies could take (bigger) chances and fund a young band's first major label record even if it wasn't expected to necessarily become their label's new top sale (NIRVANA). The companies could afford to fund groups doing crazy stunts that brought publicity. Not anymore. Now you need to have an established, large fan base that brings a steady flow of revenue to the band before anyone can risk signing them. And artists who go independent usually shrink. The problem is that the balance between THE ART and THE BUSINESS cannot be achieved anymore.
    Hey look, it's the weekly "WAH WAH MUSIC IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE" article. Yes, it has changed. Yes, the industry has gotten worse and confusing for the most part. We know.