Not what it used to be!

Not what it used to be!

By Derek Sivers

At music-business conferences, there are always panels(ˈpanl) of experts, talking about the current state of the music business, from their point of view.

They’re usually men over 50 who have been in the music business for 20 years, and they say things like:

“The music business isn’t what it used to be.”
“It doesn’t have any vision anymore.”
“Nobody knows what’s going on anymore.”
“It’s too big and bloated(ˈblōdəd) and corrupt(kəˈrəpt) now.”

My friend Clem Chambers(ˌCHāmbərz) said, “Have you noticed they’re just projecting their own decaying(dəˈkāiNG) health into things?”

They aren’t what they used to be.
Their vision is fading.
They don’t know what’s going on anymore.
They’re big and bloated and corrupt.

So of course that’s how they’re going to see the world!

Wouldn’t it be interesting to get a panel of under-20 musicians and entrepreneurs to talk about how the music business looks to them?