Grammy Winning Producer Walter Afanasieff On The De-Evolution Of The Music Industry - hypebot

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Bas

Walter, throw away your television and join us here on the internet, where there are millions of talented producers, singers and artists, uploading music every day and becoming masters of their craft.

The people you're talking about: they're the minority.

It's easier than ever to build your own career. No gatekeeper has to stand in your way anymore.

Pranav

This is a great interview. Walter's comments are spot on.

Joshdoyle

Killer interview, right on the money. Adele, Gaga, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons are truly accidents, amazing they ever got signed! Without them and their kind if would be a horrific, generic music world. How many more Biebers and One Directions do we need? Whats gonna happen when labels dont have X Factor and Idol to talent spot? My money is on that day coming soon...

Tony

A great interview! Walter hit every nail squarley on the head. He is so right about Idol, X-Factor, etc. and every pop 'hit' on the radio today. You used to be able to hear a variety of styles of music from different groups on the same radio station; Elvis, The Beatles, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Mamas and The Papas, Lovin' Spoonful, etc. Now, it's an assembly line of 'cookie cutter' songs, without any real musicianship. I agree on Adele, but he did lose me with Gaga? Really? She sounds exactly like all the ones he was complaining about. She's awful.

Tito Da.Fire

I could predict every word Walter spoke, cos those are sentiments I share. Truth is as we all get enmeshed in the Honey Boo Boo mire, deminishing returns would set in, and a call for musicianship and deeper level of artistic expression would come forth. Just a matter of time.

Bobby D.

Where did Walter mention how he thinks Muzooka is going to change things?

Nelson

Target locked and engaged......btw while there are unlimited artists putting up content on the Intertubes not all of it is worth listening too and curation of some accorded is needed because let's face it, it's not the industry often as not standing in the way --IMHO it's talent or a lack of it.

Alan Monasch

I advocate for listening to the best of your local music wherever you are. I believe simply that the best of our local musics is what by merit should be the national music. I wrote a blog entry recently called "I have not listened to national commercial music since 1975" (http://alanmonasch.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/i-stopped-listening-to-commercial-national-music-in-1975) which makes many of the same points as this interview and suggests that attention to local music, both live and recorded, unmitigated by the music industry machinery, is much more likely to generate innovative and important music.

Jeff Jones

I agree and Disagree with Walter. I agree that the industry has succumbed to the cookie cutter pop act, and McDonalds... oops i mean Honey Boo Boo an that it is a disastrous blow to our culture that cannot be 'unseen', but then again i am a professional, working singer/songwriter and musician working 170+ shows a year and support my wife and son with music. I guess what i'm trying to say is there might only be 500 jobs for 5 million artists so there is a real NEED to have the balls and the heart to go create your own job. Find a place with no art/music and bring it there. If it is good, well performed, well written music - trust me people will come and listen. That is the future (and the past by the way, just ask Blind Willie McTell). Artists create - so go create an opportunity. Love ya Walter A.!

Horace Cope

If you read between the lines in this interview, this guy is actually a piece of the "old guard" who is absolutely horrified about the crumbling of his major label machinery. That's what I get out of it. Completely the opposite of what this article is ostensibly about.

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