We spend a lot of time here at Indie And Unsigned writing articles that we hope are helping independent musicians learn to navigate the unorganized streets of the music industry. But since day one, we’ve known that the current state of the music industry is hectic to say the least. Every day, you run into people who are claiming that the music industry is on the verge of collapsing. And when you turn around to avoid the end of the world speech, you find someone who is talking about how the music industry is great because now everything is free. Whatever your take on it, the music industry has changed dramatically since the new millennium. And by the looks of it, it’s not going to stop changing anytime soon.
Amidst all of this chaos, we, the musicians, have to find a way to be able to continue producing music, while still having enough money to pay our rent and feed our bellies. In an effort to figure out a way that we can actually achieve that, we’re going to kick off a series of articles about the future of the music industry. To start things off here are some videos and articles that should hopefully make you think.
Yes, we know no one likes to read things anymore. Deal with it. These are some of the most important articles you could ever read.
- Innovation & the Music Industry. A Chat with EMI’s Barak Moffitt – Find out how EMI, one of the biggest music companies in the world, views the future of music.
- The Music Business Is Not Dying – A list of facts that show how music is still alive and thriving.
- Pop Music Too Loud And All Sounds The Same: Official – Spanish scientists prove that modern pop music is all the same.
When you are watching these videos, keep in mind that these come from different time periods, different styles of music, and from people who are not only extremely successful, but also highly respected by a vast majority of the music community.
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield) discussing the current state of the music industry and reality TV shows (American Idol).
Frank Zappa talks about the decline of the music business in the 80s.
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) talks about rock and how DIY is the way to go.
Henry Rollins (Black Flag) tells us what it means to not play it safe.
DJ Jazzy Jeff (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince) discusses the reality of making money with modern day record deals.
Moby discusses how the music industry ended up in such a mess.
Remember, this is just the first part of the series. Next week we will begin discussing a lot of what was brought up in these articles and videos. We’ll also begin discussing realistic ways to survive as a modern musician.