The recording studios where I recorded and mixed my last album, 'This Delicate Thing We've Made' have vanished. These were studios where seminal albums by everyone from Coldplay to Tears For Fears. From Kate Bush to the Gorillaz. Gone Gone Gone.
The studio where I recorded 'Spin' and Savage Garden's 'Affirmation'? Broke.
The studio where I mixed 'The Tension and The Spark' ?
They went broke because they weren't getting any clients.
They weren't getting any clients because not many people could afford to spend the kind of money it costs to record
in a quality recording studio facility.
Those people couldn't afford to record in such spaces because record companies weren't offering the kind of budgets
that used to allow for such costs.
Record companies aren't offering those kinds of budgets because the sale of records doesn't earn enough money to
pay back the investment.
The investment is not being made because the sale of records are so low.
The sale of records are so low because it has generally become the consensus that music is 'free'.
Records sell so few copies these days that major record stores are closing down.
When I was in L.A, I couldn't find the Virgin Mega Stores I used to love. 3 used to exist within a five mile radius of my
They're gone now.
When I was in San Francisco, I went to hang out at my favourite Virgin store where I bought 5 years of music, DVD's books
t shirts etc.
It used to be open until midnight most nights.
Then it used to have reduced opening hours.
Then one day, it closed.
Now it's a massive building with nothing in it.
Because the building used to sell music.
And now the general consensus is that music is 'free'.
Я ждал какого-то такого высказывания, не от офигевших от жадности людей (свой сайд-проект We Are Smug Хейс выложил полностью бесплатно), а от тех, кто скоро окажется беспомощным.