I read this quote last night, and it got me thinking for a bit about this business of Music.
First, one of the definitions of an Oligarchy: “A government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes”. In this case the government we are talking about are Major Record Labels, RIAA, Billboard, The Recording Academy(Who runs the Grammys), and music media.
So artists/musicians are making music for a small group of people who exercise control for corrupt and selfish purposes.
‘Tis true in my opinion that that is a very accurate description of the music industry today. You have artists who aren’t that interested in their fans, but spend most of their time making and producing music for approval from a select few. Once you’ve been “picked” by these authority figures, fans will automatically buy into it even if its not that good. And they will do it every single time.
There is your real business. Artists deal with music business people to get their attention and blessing. And whatever time is left over, they will pay attention to the actual fans.
However I will say that there are a few major artists who don’t like this at all. They are truly bummed that there is so little interaction with their fans.
If you are reading this, you probably don’t listen to today’s modern music. And most likely don’t care. I don’t think we are missing out on anything amazing.
“Making music for Oligarchs.” What an interesting sentence which is so sadly true.