Marbury wrote:blinddrew wrote:Marbury wrote:It's just a race to the bottom as more and more young kids sell their tracks cheap for the sake of bragging rights.
I'm not sure that's the entire reason. Fundamentally the barriers to entry have dropped massively over the last ten years; more people creating content shifts the supply and demand equation.
This is amplified by a lowering of standards in some of the big commercial players who are focused on speed and cost.
None of which helps, but I don't think it's fair just to blame it on 'kids these days'.
Fair point, and totally valid. Add it to the list. Not so much blaming kids, but they tend to slot pre made loops, samples, beats, and chords together and think they are composers.
I guess this is the result of the democratization of music, the equivalent of painting by numbers or self-driving cars, ready made meals etc, the packaging looks different but they all taste the same.
I was listening to the stems from Bohemian Rhapsody, and as well as Freddy's singing, which of course is legendary, the piano part is incredibly complex. That is not to say anything that is complex is superior, not at all.
I ask myself "If Queen (or any other band of their ilk) walked into a record company these days, asking for a deal, would they be shown the door?" Actually I don't think they would, but the likelihood of such a band coming into existence is less likely, simply because the level of skill needed to get to the top is lower. I often listen to YouTube and trawl through the latest offerings and especially if one listens to the many compilations - it is hard to distinguish one tune from the other because they are formulaic. Many of the the tunes have an impressive production quality, striking videos, a perfectly arranged slick construction, but 2 minutes after hearing the tune, it doesn't linger, there is no lasting impression.
I watched the broadcast of Glastonbury when the Who played (oh what days of joy, the pre-covid epoch!) anyway, there were very impressive performers throughout the day/night, and when Who took the stage, looking as if they were a bunch of escapees from a care home, I thought to myself, "Oh dear, you're going to embarrass yourselves chaps, having to finish off the night, after a legion of today's top performers giving excellent performances"
How wrong I was, they ripped up the rules of impeccable slick presentations, they blasted the rest into oblivion, with a lively, beat for beat stormer of a show, yeah, there were imperfections, some vocals lost in the mire looking for the right note, but it didn't matter, like a captain steering a ship through stormy waters, they got through it and they looked as if they could have gone on all night. But like true professionals, they left the audience wanting. And from those shots of the audience, those left wanting were of today's generation, many of them born long after The Who packed up their gear and retired.
So I think considering such a lot of contemporaneous music is mundane, that possibly enhances the chances of live music becoming ever more the showcase for raw talent - once the plague is over of course. For example, take Ed Sheeran, a troubadour, one man and his guitar and stomp box, stripped back performance, no gimmicks, no lavish choreography and visual effects, and yet I think on his last tour he grossed £750Million!!!!!
And there are those that are gifted with self-belief, hardworking and talented and are the exception rather than the rule, Muse etc So I think unless you are an easy on the eye chickadee or young lad with the backing of SiCo et al, you have to establish yourself as a live performer, that's where the money is, but goodness me, you have to graft for it, and there's nothing wrong with that, thus it ever was