Excerpt from my newest article on Techdirt, refuting pop music critic Simon Reynolds’ claims that the internet has been mostly bad for musical artists and fans. I think the opportunities artists have these days are amazing and highlight that in my response to Reynolds.
In fact, people have a much larger chance to make a living from music these days. This can be witnessed very clearly in electronic genres, where it is the norm for people to start as ‘bedroom producers’ and, if they’re good enough, they’ll get picked up by blogs, then labels and will then be able to build a proper studio and make a living from touring. If they’re good enough, according to fans and curators within their niche – not according to label execs or music journalists. Anyone can become a producer and anyone that manages to find an audience and connects with them properly has the opportunity to start making a living from it. It’s not easy, but at least it’s not a lottery.
Read the entire article on Techdirt: Why The Internet Has Been Awesome For Both Musical Artists and Fans.