Once upon a time, not that long ago in a land not that far away, musicians–not all, but some–could become very, very rich. They came by their riches by selling pieces of plastic to those who enjoyed their music. That plastic was very, very precious because this was the only way musicians could distribute recordings of their art and supply and price was strictly regulated by the Lords of the Music Industry.
Eons earlier, the Oracles had foretold that the price of this plastic would come down, but that never seemed to happen. The Overlords enjoyed their immense wealth and were loathe to do anything that might jeopardize the power of their kingdoms.
Meanwhile, musicians–not all, but some–also reaped huge riches as millions and even tens of millions of people handed over their money for the privilege of owning certain pieces of this plastic. The musicians never made as much as their overlords, but they did well just the same. And it was good.
In fact, it was very good. Their were lavish parties, obscene luxuries and plenty of indulgences on scales unimaginable by the good citizens of the regular world. It seemed as if the party would go one forever.
Yeah, it’s not like that anymore. New artists know this. But what if you’re one of those acts who had a taste of that good life–the Olden Dayes of the music industry–and then had to adjust to the new realities?
Let’s talk to one of those artists, someone who has adjusted to life in the post-CD world. How was it then? And what it’s like now–really.
You can listen to the radio show–but for additional material, check out this video interview.