Part of the music industry is going to die…and I’m okay with that.
Before you grab your pitchforks, hear me out..
There is nothing I love more than working with bands and putting together events for fans. For as long as I can remember, there have been people taking advantage of young, independent artists to make a quick buck. A part of the industry seems to have forgotten that we exist to create and innovate for the true fans of music.
I am ready for the people who don’t care, to fail, and for those that do, to succeed.
With that said..
I’m ready for pay to play promoters/venues to go out of business.
I’m ready for bands with no accountability to stop touring. (aka Trapt)
I’m ready for racist/transphobic/misogynist people to stop getting hired. (aka Lee Runestad)
I’m ready for Ticketmaster to go out of business.
(And all the other businesses who charge exponentially more with little innovation)
I’m ready for StubHub to go out of business.
(basically Ticketmaster with a different hat on)
I’m ready for Standby Records to go out of business. And all the other awful labels. I’ve seen these deals – they aren’t good for anyone.
I’m ready for all these “managers”, “consultants” and washed up A&R types who charge $1000+/month to give musicians basic advice to go out of business. If they “A&R’d a deal with so and so in 2001, you have to wonder why they haven’t done anything in the last 19 years. Youtube is free! Podcasts are free! Please utilize these tools before dishing out money.
I’m ready for awful venues to go out of business. I’m talking about the venues where the fans are uncomfortable attending and bands are uncomfortable playing. The ones where the staff doesn’t care, the owners don’t fix things, and the bands don’t want to come back. I realize this is harsh – but your music scene will be better off without them.
Some of the types I’ve mentioned, will return to business as usual. Just remember, the bands & the fans have the power. You can choose who you work with and how much you’re willing to pay. We can tell the sub-par operators in our scene that we’ve had enough.
We can grow from this very difficult time, and we can be better.