Mick Jagger has always been one of the smartest people in rock ‘n roll. He shared his perspective on technology and music in a BBC interview. An excerpt below:
Technology and music have been together since the beginning of recording. [The Internet] is just one facet of the technology of music. Music has been aligned with technology for a long time. The model of records and record selling is a very complex subject and quite boring, to be honest. [...] It’s all changed in the last couple of years. We’ve gone through a period where everyone downloaded everything for nothing and we’ve gone into a grey period it’s much easier to pay for things – assuming you’ve got any money. I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don’t make as much money out of records. But I have a take on that – people only made money out of records for a very, very small time. When The Rolling Stones started out, we didn’t make any money out of records because record companies wouldn’t pay you! They didn’t pay anyone! Then, there was a small period from 1970 to 1997, where people did get paid, and they got paid very handsomely and everyone made money. But now that period has gone. So if you look at the history of recorded music from 1900 to now, there was a 25 year period where artists did very well, but the rest of the time they didn’t.
Ignoring this fundamental music truth is the favorite past time of those invested in screaming about red herrings like piracy and legal streaming, while delaying any practical solutions that would benefit artists and fans alike. These are the same people that claim artists, producers and managers/label folks like myself have some sort of god-given right to make a career out of music if only we work hard. That’s of course just as untrue as it is for any career choice. Work hard yes, but work smart also. Mick Jagger is smart.4 Comments | Music Business | | 06.23.12.