How has the internet changed things for musicians?
The internet has offered an exciting array of options and opportunities, but it has been just as much a hindrance to many a musicians’ success as it has been a helping hand. Since its emergence the world has seen stores like Our Price and Zavvi fall, or almost fall, by the wayside, and music sales still continue to struggle.
Still, at the same time, hundreds of thousands of musicians have been able to upload their creative sounds online, without the complications of trying to release music through bygone outlets. So has the internet been an overall benefit, or would musicians have been better off without it? Have your say below the video.
I went to speak to Jonathan Robinson, Programme Director at Music Tank, and Joe Summers, an unsigned music producer, who goes by the stage name Mute. Music Tank was established in 2003 by University of Westminster. It is a not-for-profit music industry think tank that organises seminar events, conferences and publishes reports on the most current topics in the industry. Joe Summers self-releases music on the online music store Bandcamp and has been featured on sites such as Crack in the Road, winner of Record of the Day’s blog of 2012.
The internet has given any and everyone a voice to be heard, whether or not there is anyone there to hear it. But, what do you think? Have musicians been better off since the arrival of the internet, or were things easier beforehand?