Ok, this is not my usual Sunday blog post (maybe I will make one later on, I don’t know), but this post is a bit on the ‘heavier’ side than usual. Everybody knows that the music industry has changed. Good things happened, it’s now more easier to publish music on your own via the interwebs for example… But it can also be a major downside too…
I just read a devastating post from the band Fractal Mirror on their Facebook page today. The amount of copies sold of their latest album Slow Burn 1 (which I reviewed not so long ago, you can find the link of the review later on in this post) seems to be very disappointing. Real sad news, because I think this band deserves to be heard!
Roger Daltrey of The Who also made a statement about today’s music industry a couple of days ago, saying that the internet has ‘stolen’ the music industry (you can read the article here). Well, I don’t think that the internet is the big troublemaker here, but it’s getting more and more complicated.
Talentless auto-tune artists that are created by the big record labels get millions, and real talented bands/artists that make beautiful music struggle each day. The bands who know how to use the social media the best way get the most attention, while the bands that actually should be heard are drowning in the social media sea. Music streaming has both their pros and cons, and touring is getting more an more difficult for bands/artists who don’t have enough money.
But what can you do about it? Well, you can stop listening what the big record labels try to stuff down your throat and go support the bands/artists that need to be heard. Go listen to (indie and/or internet) radio stations that play smaller bands/artists instead of the commercial radio stations. Go to your local venue and go see that band/artist who just started instead of spending hundreds of euros on those big names in those big venues. Come on, it’s more fun to see the artist play in front of your nose instead of watching an artists through binoculars while you’re sitting on a uncomfortable bucket seat in an oversized arena.
I wish I could be there for every artist that deserves the attention they need, but sadly I can’t… And, who am I? I’m just one of the many reviewers/reporters out there. The only thing is that most people do it as a hobby, while I’m trying to turn this passion into a paid job. I’m also drowning in album reviews, and I have to say “no” to a lot of artists when they ask me for an album review, simply because I’m overwhelmed. Despite being overwhelmed I will continue to do my very best each day for the bands and artists who deserves more attention. Also, I would like to thank everyone who’s supporting me with donations, music and friendship! You guys make it all possible!
Ok, back to work again, I still need to finish some album reviews this evening! By the way, what is your opinion about today’s music industry? Feel free to comment in the comment section below!
A big hug from your roving reporter!
Iris, aka Ier!
My review of Fractal Mirror‘s album Slow Burn 1:
My interview with Ed van Haagen of Fractal Mirror:
My album review of Fractal Mirror‘s album Garden Of Ghosts:
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