This interview with Conrad Keely of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is particularly depressing to me. I feel exactly like he does in many of his answers and yet he has much more experience and knowledge with the music business in general. He is repeating what is known but rarely said by those who are actively involved:
It seems like the stuff that is really popular, the stuff that’s top 10, top 40 music– it seems like most people I know are in complete agreement that it’s horrible, and yet they can’t do anything about it. I’ve also been affected by this sense of powerlessness, that I don’t feel like it’s worth trying to change things right now. I wish I didn’t feel that way.
There’s nothing glamorous anymore to what we do; there’s barely any profit in it. I know there are tons of people out there who absolutely love what we’re doing, and in some ways, I do this just because I know that those people exist. I could probably make a better living doing graphic art.
…giving up music is not as simple as it sounds. When you’re a musician, it’s something that you just do; it’s part of your self-expression. So it’s not like, “Oh I’ll just give up music and be an artist.” That’s not how it works. It really isn’t.
Of note as well is the bit about licensing music to television programs. Is this the only way to make money in the music business if you are not U2? It just sickens me and I have no idea or argument against it because I know it is true.
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