Let’s look at the problem with the music industry this way.
There are 3 record companies that control 80% of the business, Warners, Universal, Sony. Each has a president. That’s 3 presidents controlling the music industry.
Do you think 3 people should determine the fate of 80% of the music business? No of course not, but they do now. The 3 have made it clear,
We only support a generic pop sound. We only promote that type of music, and only for a few. (Swift, Beyonce, Bieber, Adele, Gaga, Perry, and the media flavor of the week.)
What else are they saying?
You play folk music? We don’t do folk, so you are out of a career. You play heavy metal? We don’t do heavy metal, so you are out of a career.
You play religious music? We don’t do religious music, so you are out of a career. You play classic rock? We don’t do classic rock, so you are out of a career.
You play classical music? We don’t do classical music, so you are out of a career. You play roots music? We don’t do roots music, so you are out of a career. You play kid’s music? We don’t do kid’s music, so you are out of a career.
You play jazz or big band? We don’t do jazz or big band, so you are out of a career. You play instrumentals? We don’t do instrumentals, so you are out of a career.
You play old style soul, r & b, or rap? We don’t do old style, so you are out of a career. You play ???. We don’t do ???, so you are out of a career.
Here’s what they are saying loud and clear to musicians, and music lovers.
Musician: Doesn’t matter how good you are. Quality just gets in the way of how we make money on generic music from a tiny handful of over produced, and over promoted pop stars. AND
Music Lover: Doesn’t matter what music you like. You’ll have to search it out on the net, or some small club. You’ll never hear your favorites on the radio stations we control, or in our media we own.
3 Execs advice?
Try to find some small record company where you might make about minimum wage with no chance of real success and don’t bother us, you don’t fit the money making formula.
Then if someone happens to have a hit, we’ll buy the musician, or the record company, or distribute the record company – and you’ll sign a legal web that promises the musician all, and gives them nothing. We have a long track record to prove it.
Rebel against this. When 3 people have that much control in music everything is wrong. Choose to do nothing, and you ruin just about everyone’s chance at a career in music.