Good insight into the music BUSINESS…
It’s so sad & I still can’t wrap me head around it. At 57, Prince died. I just felt he’d live a lot longer & we’d eventually see an old and wrinkly Prince.
I found out like the rest of the world on Thurs morning & first thing I did was start playing Prince music. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m a DJ but that’s all I’ve been doing since Thurs & it’s Sunday now. I know everyone is saying “He will be missed” and all of the stuff people say when stars pass away, but people don’t understand what we’re losing. Especially all these “producers” & “artists” nowadays.
Prince was the ultimate artist/musician/producer/performer & entertainer. He was one of the few left. Soon this type of Artist will be extinct, much sooner than you think. Prince could play any instrument, write songs that touched any and everyone, was well versed in almost every genre & wasn’t afraid to make music differently. His shows were something out of this world, unfortunately I only saw his shows via playback & now Youtube. But one of the best ones I saw was at the Super Bowl XLI Halftime show, how fitting that it would be the Super Bowl where Peyton Manning got his first Lombardi Trophy, another hero of mine & a legend in his game.
Another great show if you wish to google it is the Syracuse ’85 show, WHOA, that was amazing. Prince performed his songs differently for his shows. Always giving the audience something different, something special. He was special. If you want to mold yourself after someone musically, it doesn’t get better than Prince.
I always played Prince’s music in my DJ sets, that ain’t no lie either. I remember people leaving the floor sometimes but I didn’t care ’cause it was Prince and those cats didn’t know any better, I just stood there and laughed. Sh*t, I’m listening to him right now as I write this & I’m just like DAMN, this music man…I mean, do you know how many albums Prince put out??? 39 Studio albums & 4 Live albums, WTF????? Did this guy sleep? Not too mention, each one of those albums is great, I mean OK I’ll play devils advocate and say from a critics standpoint, even at Prince’s worst he was still GOOD! You won’t see artists be able to do that today. NEVER. Sh*t, no one even puts albums out hardly, let alone produce them, play on them, sing on them, write them & then perform the hell out of them LIVE with no underlying vocal track & efx.
Music is in a sad state at the moment & we lost one of the all-time great ones. One of the great ones that we should study & learn from. I will miss him, but will keep spinning that Prince Purple to do my part to keep the man alive! Thank you Prince for giving us some of the greatest music ever.
This my man right here! Puttin’ the house & the car on him to WIN IT ALL! GO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DMC DJ!
As if it’s not already happening now, this just speeds up the process. Some people will say, you’ll never replace the human “element” of DJing. Well I’d hate to ruin your birthday surprise but the human “element” has been replaced in most of your bars/nightclubs with just the equipment DJs now use. More & more DJs rely on technology to get them through their night. When Serato first hit, DJs no longer had to use their ear to beat match. Now, with Serato’s new app, Pyro, you no longer need a DJ to beat match the music this app does it by itself.
All the moronic club owners & promoters will be using this moving forward & soon this app will be a staple in 75% of your bars & clubs. And while yes, it does serve it’s purpose for let’s say the afternoon shift at a bar, the only other thing it does is take away even more gigs from the DJ & the art or whatever art is left of DJing. Serato should be ashamed of itself for using the art of DJing to make a profit, then inventing software to ruin the art. Sh*t, the only people that love this app is people like Paris Hilton. Who now will be able to slay whatever party she DJs.
I’m pouring a healthy glass of whiskey right now to deal with this BS…just writing about it makes me pissed off. And it’s because of idiotic moves on behalf of companies like Serato who think their so smart when in fact all their doing is ruining the beauty of something.
And please spare me the line, “you gotta get with the times”, ’cause the only thing these times have brought us is push play DJs & pre-programmed “live” sets. Enjoy the future my friends, CHEERS!!!
In the Hot97 interview Timbaland says there are no more producers nowadays. I agree, but he ain’t talking about me!!!! LOL!!! He is right in regards to the “producers” that are hot at the moment but there are true producers still out there, you just have to look. Music today is more about image & what’s going on around you than what your music sounds like.
One of the major factors in why there are no more real producers out is because they cost money. Music is only being sold for .99 p/song, streaming revenue isn’t collected properly, if at all, & piracy is still rampant. All these factors and labels & artist start cutting back on album costs. One of the first things to go is Producers & Musicians.
Also, you have the instant fame generation where no one wants to learn the process anymore. They wanna buy a program or an app and be famous. And it blows my mind that that actually works!!! Technology has people believe that they don’t need a real Producer or Musicians, that they can do their job via the software & get same results. Technology gives you a false sense of talent and next thing you know instead of songs being made, you now have a 4 minute 8 bar repetitive loop. You see this most in Hip-Hop & EDM.
What disappoints me the most about Timbalands interview is that an icon such as him, isn’t showing the kids how it’s supposed to be done and teaching a new generation. Instead, he just goes with the new flow of the kids and capitalizes off it. He has the power to change that, I hope he does. Because those 2 rappers he signed are just adding to the garbage dump of artists out there today. Just check their freestyle flow yo…