Sunday, 25 May 2008

PREACH!!

Right, so during my daily routine of searching for new music, I came across three of the best statements i've read in a good long while, they articulate what many of us so desperately try to say about the horrid media and record company capitalists! And here we go... 

"Consumers have musical choice? What musical choice? In or society we choose only from what we are given to choose from, and that choice is determined by 5 major media corporations who control the exposure outlets that consumers depend on for their entertainment." -Christopher Knab

"Record companies like to make money, and that is their only goal. They do not care about the content that they sell - they care about maximizing their profits. It is because of this that I hate record companies with the same passion that I hate venture capitalists. The record companies do not try to foster a creative environment which rewards musicians who serve their respective niche, but create an environment which attempts to market a small amount of music to the largest audience possible. It is more profitable for the record company to sell a few decent records in bulk than to have a vast array of cult hits that sell decently." -Numair Faraz

"This is all about greed, something the record/entertainment industry has honed to a science. Dusty LPs, the artists, they don't care! But if there's a nickel on the floor, look out; they'll cut your throat for it because they 'need' that nickel. Artists get paid a small sum, then the capital boys live off them like kings until the next big thing, then it's over. So it's not about the music you see it's about their nickel. That's why you can't have any sharing of long gone music, because there might be a nickel there and they want it. They wouldn't give to a charity if it wasn't showing them handing over a cheque or had a building named after them so why would they be charitable on long lost material. Strangely they even tried to stop resale of used CDs because there was that darned nickel they wouldn't get. May all the 'industry suits' have children who hate them." -Jannx

So the question (an old question but still remains relevant) after all of this is whether or not record companies are actually destroying the music industry and not the actual artists who flood and contaminate our radios, tv's and clubs......? 

2 comments:

  1. Church!
    I must say I feel that everyone has a responsibility for what we hear - we as consumers (do we really have an excuse for listening to mainstream bollocks with the advent of the internet? I don't have a TV or listen to commercial radio and I can't tell you what's been in the top 10 for a good year because I'm not really interested), record companies - regardless of whether you want to make money how do you sleep at night or hold your head up as you walk down the road if you release bollocks? Artists who make bollocks in the full knowledge it's bollocks but they want to make money. A system that might make artists who come from nothing feel like selling their talentless souls for cash. I could go on...
    I must say I'm not really interested in the 'corporate' debate as such - bottom line is companies are collections of people out to make money - I don't think that's necessarily a terrible thing although extremes of anything are bad. I do think we're actually much luckier in the UK than the States because we have loads of pirate & internet radio (the first quote I believe refers to the 5 companies who own all the radio in the US?) - Kiss being a testament to the importance of that. We also have labels like BBE - if you haven't read Pete from BBE's myspace do! http://www.myspace.com/petefrombbe
    A little hope in the bleak world of the music industry?

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  2. all hail the rise of the indies... hip hop artists long ago realised they were getting ripped off by the record labels, so started doing it for themselves, works for me! I for one do not listen to the radio...

    "Industry rule #4080, record company people are shadyyyy!" - Q-Tip

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