Common Lies Told About Today’s Music Industry

Christopher Sabec Music Industry liesDigital Music News comes to us with the biggest lies told about today’s music industry. With the rise of technology, the music industry has certainly changed, but there are many rumors spreading about that are simply not true.

The first lie is that great music will organically find its fit in the music industry. Great music is only part of being successful in the music industry. Many great songs vanish into obscurity, as there is little financing or marketing behind these songs. Today, popular music is lead by the big record labels who are able to reach the most amount of people.

Another lie spreading around the music industry is that major record labels will eventually die. Although there are more niche artists than before, major record labels are still controlling the popular music and the money. These major record labels are perfecting the art of building and maintaining their artists careers.

Selling digital music is better for revenue than the physical product. This is false. Digital sales volumes are at an all-time low. Artists who are able to sell CDs and vinyl are able to make more money than by selling online. Japan, for example, is currently has the biggest market for recorded music thanks to their strong physical music sales.

There is a half-lie on this list as well. Many people believe that all the money in music is in touring these days. While this can be true for artists like Pretty Lights and other EDM artists, this is not the case for most artists. Most artists are struggling on the road and have to cut their careers because it simply is not worth the money. There is no middle class in music. The music industry today is split into rich artists and starving artists.

The article ends with the presumed lie that streaming is the future of music. This is tough to tell since most of the streaming websites are finding trouble in obtaining profits. YouTube has been giving away music for free, which could be the future of music.

To see the rest of the lies in the music industry, take a look at Christopher’s slideshare below:

Christopher Sabec Biography Part 2

Christopher Sabec - the song remains the sameNotwithstanding his political interests, Christopher Sabec was fascinated with music throughout his childhood. While he had taken various music lessons, he never considered himself a musician. He was a consumer, rather than a creator, of music. In 1975, the local top 40 station was his entry point to the popular music of the time and many evenings he found himself dialing their request line asking the DJs to play songs like Jackie Blue by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils or Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John. Christopher bought his first record while Christmas shopping in 1976: Wings Over America, by Paul McCartney and Wings. More accurately, his father bought the record for him after his pleading requests, but not before commenting derisively, “What?…that hop head?!?!” The confusion of the statement could not have dampened Christopher’s enthusiasm for the record, and within short order, he made his way to The Beatles, Boston, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and other staples of rock radio.

Although Christopher Sabec did not realize at the time, a foreshadowing of his future as an entrepreneur in the music business occurred in October of 1980, early in his sophomore year of high school. John Bonham had just died and the Led Zeppelin concert scheduled to occur at the local arena had been canceled. As the Sophomore Class Treasurer, Christopher had an Idea: he would rent a print of the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same, and screen it the night the concert had been scheduled to take place. Part memorial service and part class fundraiser, the event was a huge success and very profitable for the class treasury. Two more movies followed that year, with screenings of Rust Never Sleeps and Woodstock. Through these events, Christopher raised the bar on class fundraisers and recognized the power music has to bring people together and generate income.