RottingApples, on 14 March 2012 - 10:52 PM, said:
Then why is he still harping on it? You'd think if he's been aware and talking about it all these years now he wouldn't still be complaining.
Because things didn't change, not for a better place. We are in the middle of the process and he's trying to fix that, to find a new way to make music in a big level, to change things....
You are all saying that Billy's rant is due to his "irrelevant" position in music today. So, let's see what other artists are saying about the same questions!
1 - "[It'll be] only a matter of time. Months rather than years before the music business establishment completely folds."
2 - "I think for a lot of years there was a lot of unnecessary overhead in record companies; they were kind of making too much money and now it has gone normal again."
3 - "The internet has obviously wiped music off the human map – killed the record shop, and killed the patience of labels who consider debut sales of 300,000 to not be good enough. There are no risks taken with music anymore – no social commentary songs, no individualism. This is because everyone is deemed instantly replaceable."
4 - “The music business has changed now, man. It’s full of fuckin’ wankers. If they can’t flog your arse, then they ain’t giving you a record deal. If they can’t sell you to little kids who don’t know shit from clay, they will not fuckin’ take a chance on you.”
5 - "I don’t even know why I would want to be on a label in a few years, because I don’t think it’s going to work by labels and by distribution systems in the same way. The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing."
6 - “It’s a mystery to me why the music business is fixated with age. It’s as if you suddenly stop being relevant or capable of making music.”
Can you guess who said those quotes?
1 - Thom Yorke, 2010.
2 - Björk, 2011.
3 - Morrissey, 2011.
4 - Noel Gallagher, 2010.
5 - David Bowie, 2012.
6 - Michael Stipe, 2003.
So, I don't think it's about being relevant or rich or famous or talented. It's an obvious question!