Why Does the Current Music Industry Suck?
Pardon the loaded question that forms the title of this blog post but we really let our emotions get the better of us. The truth is you don’t necessarily have to be a brain surgeon or rocket scientist to figure out that the current music industry is very banal, totally forgettable and flat out sucks. It seems so cheap, formulaic, contrived, and, worst of all, uninspired.
It’s not the commercial motivation that makes it suck although it does play a big role. Instead, it’s the herd mentality that a lot of music producers as well as musical acts follow. What they’re really trying to do is follow the money. The global music industry has become so commercially focused that it actually all boils down to copying and pasting other people’s successful concepts to try to make a few bucks here and there.
As you can well imagine, this can only take you so far. The reason why many bands, regardless of how small their followings are, have a following in the first place is because their fans want something new. Their fans want something personal, something customized and something inspirational.
None of this is happening with current music because a lot of it involves artists ripping off each other. It’s as if they have some sort of master game plan that they pass onto each other, and they just go through the motions.
If you think Taylor Swift is a truly creative individual, then you probably haven’t listened to enough music. There’s a ton of other materials out there that are so much better than Taylor’s Swift’s repertoire, but you haven’t heard that material because the music that we’re talking about is noncommercial.
Once your musical work gets that label, it’s basically the kiss of death. That’s really what’s so tragic about the current music industry. It truly is a cannibalistic affair because the industry eats up and chews out and forgets truly creative earth-shattering and monumental work in exchange for a few measly bucks recycling the same garbage over and over again.
The good news is that we are going through a sea change as far as consumer expectations are concerned. This began with Nirvana in the 1990s, and we believe it hasn’t fully played out yet. There are still some variations of this trend where music lovers are more focused on authenticity and a shared moment in space with their artist than overly produced and super sleek pieces of garbage.
So, expect a little more turbulence down the road because this trend or industry movement is not going to go die without a fight. People got their eyes opened as far as noncommercial music is concerned, and you’d be surprised as to how strong this impetuous will be.
Maybe it will change forms in the future. Perhaps it would be redirected or distracted. Whatever the case may be, it’s still strong enough on the local levels. Thankfully, this might have a positive effect on the greater musical industry.