I think the root of the problem- and it doesn’t matter who would be doing this- is that practically no one thinks they should have to pay for anything anymore. It’s not just isolated to music, either. You could put up a Kickstarter saying Led Zeppelin would play in your backyard if you pledge $50, and you’d still have people saying I DONT KNOW MAN, NOT SURE, CAN SOMEONE ELSE PAY AND I JUST SHOW UP? COOL?
I think art and music are two of the most critically important fundamentals to our core as human beings. It’s one of the least respected things in the world, taken for granted all the time that it even exists, let alone the enrichment it brings to daily life.
- kevin quillen
I said that (obviously).
Sometimes I enjoy reading through years of history and conversations. Sometimes, gems like this pop up and you think wow, look at me.
This was in heated response to why artists are now taking to platforms like Kickstarter to fund their albums- and why (or how) they’ve ended up there. Anyone on a label has just about every single dime taken from them, creditors are lined up to pick you clean, and you have an entire culture of people who feel they just ‘deserve’ to have anything for free. “Imma download it man whatever, 99 cents?! F that!”.
There are scores of artists out there who just want to write and release music. Most of them will never be ‘rich’ and most of them don’t care to be. But unless they can pay the bills and keep food on the table, its not a sustainable industry to be in because it is one of the very few where the worker (musician) is hardly compensated beyond the satisfaction of penning a great song or riff. Could you imagine heart surgeons working for 30 years on what equates to a $10-20k a year salary? And that’s if they had steady cases!
Before you ask- I’ve paid out $1000 in the last 6 months on music. I couldn’t imagine a day going by without hearing a song or thinking about some of my favorite movies. I give back what I can when I can.