Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?

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  • [ – ] PopcornLobotomy reply Original music isn't dying, it's moving. You're only talking about the corporate-funded dinosaur-era publishers of the past. Most of us don't live there anymore -- we don't watch MTV, don't listen to the radio, and even when music is playing in stores, we have our headphones in. We source most of our music online, at our own discretion, and, while that's not a completely level playing field (Vevo on YouTube, for instance, attempts to dominate), it's a platform we can all access. Now you can record a song in your garage with minimal equipment, and get it online, with a potential audience of billions. It's up to people to change their habits and stop accepting the factory-produced, homogenised music being served up by the big corporations. Most importantly, people need to start actively *supporting* their favourite independent artists. Help your chosen artists to spread their music (marketing is where the main expense is for the big producers), and even reallocate some of the ...moremoney you might have thrown Sony's way and financially support a few smaller creators. Once this starts becoming more common, the big producers of garbage pop music will dye a slow death.
    • [ – ] Phil_In_The_Blanks parent reply This has been the most confounding part and perhaps I just haven't found the appropriate outlets to source music more my taste, it should be easier to get music to the masses as an independent. Hopefully for many it is, but likely it still takes critical mass to make it remotely financially viable. Video services like this are a start, building a community to share and reward good content, but as we've seen with the YouTube adpocalypse if you run afoul of the corporate narrative they'll cut your funds off and try to silence you.
      • PopcornLobotomy parent reply Agreed, the critical mass probably isn't there yet, and everyone is using their own platform with no idea which will end up dominating. That makes it difficult to find as a consumer. I think artists are still in a learning phase, too. It used to be everyone wanted a record deal but now they need to learn how to market their own stuff or partner with people who will. It's a whole new mindset. We do have censorship-free alternatives now, which is a huge step forward -- eg BitChute for video, Steemit for articles. I would love to find something like BitChute (decentrallised peer to peer distribution) for podcasts and music, if anyone has any ideas?
    • GreybackCoyote parent reply The best songs in the world are in my opinion are the 2016 doom OST and darude sandstorm.
  • Fighting_Zenith reply Pop music has sucked since 1997. Rock & Roll, despite the ostentatious protest songs, has remained good despite numerous deaths. I have all but given up on Rap and Hip-hop back in 2004. The electronic music scene has gotten much better, but I don't know if that'll last.
  • OleCrankyGamer reply The millennial whoop, it's in my vocabulary now
  • [ – ] Rage_By_Nightfall reply Because nobody wants to pick up a guitar and ROCK ON!!! 😎🤘
    • [ – ] the_epilepsy_guy parent reply no its all push button computer digitized auto tuned trash if you handed someone a guitar and said play a# they would have to google what a chord is
      • Rage_By_Nightfall parent reply I mean the only thing I use with software are my drum patterns. But guitar and bass is all me. Heck, I can tell you where the A# is on each string without looking it up.
  • the_epilepsy_guy reply Because millenials have no real taalent lol ....
  • ThatMusicWriter reply I mean, the increased use of synths is not the problem. The Shovel Knight soundtrack, the early tracks of Twenty One Pilots, all IDM, and other VERY innovative works are all made this way as well. It's not the medium that's the problem, it's the application. Look at the process by which entire orchestral pieces are meticulously programmed to create a performance as nuanced as an actual orchestra. There is a difference between making the music the same way, and making the same music.
  • Tjl-Official reply Yey Thoughty2 here on Vidme! Nice ☺
  • Phil_In_The_Blanks reply Music was always a business but I do believe the last bit on labels mitigating financial risk is extremely poignant. They want quick throw away songs where the "artist" really is only the face and it's aimed at a younger audience. In the past there were more musicians plying their craft over the years, actually living life experiences and then turning it into song. There was always a fluff component, but still room for depth. Would the Stings, Phil Collins, James Taylor's of the world even bother today?
  • [ – ] Menexus reply The best musicians were trained in classical music. I don't listen to the radio or watch TV. There are a few recent pop songs I like, but mostly because I think they're fun or funny. Most of the pop artists that were listed I don't like, save for a few acapella or acoustic versions. Most songs have garbage for lyrics these days.
  • thisisntme reply I hate to break it to you but just because you sell a lot of albums doesn't make you good it just means that you and your listeners are high. Yes this means you Beatles, your not good your just high. Its the same thing a beer goggles at the bar.
  • Captn_Bligh reply The music industry sells looks first, then music.
  • JoblessTuberMusic reply Oooo you're here too! Awesome!
  • MaximVB reply I think I'm alone in liking this music 😅
  • AdrianRascon reply 100% spot on. Great video. Thank you very much!
  • three37even reply I don't listen to any of the talentless hacks mentioned in this video. I derive a seance of pride and strangely, accomplishment from that.
  • eyevolution reply How did we get here? The music industry is a machine and for me, they're welcome to it.
  • supernova743 reply Boring repetitive is fine for the club when you're not interested in the music. It's not great for any other setting.
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