songwriting

Before The Music Dies

Not sure how long this will last, but Google Video is now playing the entire 2006 documentary Before The Music Dies. This film takes a look at today’s music business and provides some answers to the following burning questions:

  • Why radio sucks.
  • Why there’s more teen acts than before.
  • What artist should do to have a solid career.

Probably the most chilling moment comes when the film’s producers take a 18-year-old female model who can’t sing and give her a trashy teen song written in 5 minutes. They then proceed to correct her vocals to give the impression that she has talent and film a polished music video that shows her…hum…assets. The results are painfully similar to what Ashley Simpson, Britney Spears or Miley Cirrus have been producing in the past five years. Scary stuff.

The film does end on a positive note and artists are encouraged to do it on their own or band together to form artist-friendly record companies such as ATO Records and Tunecore.

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2 thoughts on “Before The Music Dies

  1. Great video! I think what’s really scary is the fact that the masses don’t even think or listen to the music for themselves. They are told what is good and what to listen to (and what not to listen to) and without blinking an eye, they follow. CD sales may be down, but the grip of the industry around the people is barely slipping. The good news is that more and more ‘avid’ listeners are making up their own minds and searching for talent and good music.

  2. Charles,

    You sure are right about them not loosening their grip. As a business guy, I try to put myself in the shoes of a music executive. What would I do if I had to improve the company’s bottom line *every quarter*? You can bet that I would be doing as many sure bets as possible. How the hell can you develop talent in one quarter? Impossible.

    I think they have the best solution so far: artists do it themselves. Find a few patrons of the arts. People who do not mind giving money to artists in exchange of tax deductions. It works in painting, ballet and the opera. Why not in music?

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