Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Facefirst, I don't think anyone will deny there is some quality music that is also mainstream.
What is troubling is the amount of non-quality music being sprewed from the mainstream record producers. It is absurd to think mainstram record
producers cannot find talented musicians.
The real point, and the possible conspiracy, is why aren't they recording talented musicians?
Thye don't need an American Idol program to find talent.
I have to assume talent is either being ignored or talent has given up trying to catch the eye of an uninterested recording industry.
There is no conspiracy here. They are not always looking for talent. They are looking for profit.
The record industry is a business. They are driven to make money firstly.
There seems to be a romantic view of the past taken by several posters in this thread. The music business has always been driven with an M.O. of
"Profit first, talent second." It is not a matter of the "product" being of high artistic value, it is a matter of if the public is going to buy
That is how they think. ie: producers, executives, A&R, etc, etc. and some musicians are guilty of thinking that way too.
Every now and then, an artist comes along and completely turns everything upside down. Then all of the labels try to go and find their own version of
that "hot commodity." It has nothing to do with "art." It has to do with formula. Here's a good example: When Bod Dylan took off in the early to
mid sixties, most of the record labels scrambled to find their own "Dylan" which led to a slew of really bad singer-songwriters who should have not
been signed or even performing in the first place.
Same thing with the Ska and Swing craze in the 90's. A couple of bands had a few hits in those genres so labels started signing many of those kinds
of bands because their value was high and considered potentially profitable. It is almost like the stock market. Where are those band's now? 99.9% of
them were dropped from their labels when it was clear there was not a large enough market or mass public interest for high profits.
But all is not lost. Trust me, every single record executive I know is looking for the next Jimi or the next Prince or Led Zeppelin or Miles Davis.
They want that bad. Though half the time, those people are not recognized by the industry. Jimi was a poor, starving guitar player on the Chitlin'
ciruit for years before Chas Chandler saw the potential and took the time and money to invest/promote him.
Before that, Jimi couldn't pay the rent and nobody knew who he was......
John Hammond Sr. was a good example of person in the business who were always looking for talent. And when he found that talent, he made sure it got
all the exposure it deserved. And from Mr. Hammond, we have Billie Holiday, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Charlie Christian, Bob Dylan, George Benson, Aretha,
Bruce Springsteen, Count Basie etc etc etc. Though Hammond is the "Babe Ruth" of talent scouts, there are other John Hammonds out there. They want
to help. Trust me.
I am babbling at this point, but I have been in the industry for years. There is no "conspiracy" here. The music business is really just that F***d
up. Always has been and probably always will be. Though the whole business model is changing mainly due to technology and the internet. We are
currently in a state of major flux and everyone is still adjusting. Change of this magnitude doesn't just happen overnight. It takes a long time. If
you told me 15 years ago that I could churn out a world class sounding record from my bedroom or garage because of computers, I would have looked at
you like your crazy. But, that is now being done all the time. That is now the norm. Incredible, isn't it?
The future is wide open and I look forward to hearing the new talent on the horizon. It's out there, you just gotta keep your ears open.
[edit on 16-10-2005 by Facefirst]