AA: How do you feel about the current modern musical landscape?
JS: Oh, I could talk about this all day, and I often do as my university classes and master classes I teach are heavily lecture based. Well, we must realize a few hard truths right off.
First, streaming is the future of music. We must deal with it. Last year, digital downloads saw their first drop in demand since they were introduced. And we also saw last year a significant increase in music revenue, all driven by streaming. Even the band Tool, who has long been a hold out on having their music available digitally, finally gave in and released their catalog on streaming services and digital downloads. Second, if by 2024, as is being promised, we move to 5G cellular data, then streaming will really eat the market and downloads will mostly dry up. We will have boutique formats like Blu-Ray audio, allowing us to hear 96K and 24-bit recordings. But the streaming service Tidal already has this and other services will start to offer that kind of quality as well. So, CDs might still be a novelty like the download, but Blu-Ray audio and vinyl will be your more expensive items and streaming will be cheap and ubiquitous! We also will most likely see VR and music formats like Atmos take hold in a way that 5.1 and other formats still haven’t. Third, streaming royalties must be brought up as this is how musicians will be making their livings. Right now, it isn’t even what you would get with terrestrial radio. The CRB (Copyright Royalty Board) must be lobbied, along with Congress, to increase their rates! Finally, we must define what things we want as artists and music consumers. Do we want AI making music or being a large part of the process? What is the future of music and intellectual property? If you are interested in such things, please visit my blog at http://www.joeystuckey.com
and check out some of the music biz and music tech things I discuss. Bottom line, the music business is in flux because technology is in flux. These things are linked and always have been. Many years ago, with the phonograph or player piano, people said that the musical world was ending and of course it didn’t. You just must be aware and able to change with the times. If you do that, there are a lot of amazing opportunities for content creators of all stripes.
AA: If you could tour the world with one artist (living or non) who would it be and why?
JS: I have always hoped I would get the chance to work with Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Oscar Peterson. Sadly, they are all no longer with us, so I have missed out on those jazz icons. From other walks of music, I always wanted to work with George Michael, Michael Jackson and Prince. But again, I missed those guys as well. Now, I would so love to meet and work with Stevie Wonder, or Neil Finn, or Dave Grohl. But, If I had to pick just one artist, to tour with as an opening act I would say it would have to be Austin Collins & The Rainbirds. And If I had to pick just one artist to work with as a band member/side man, I would love to play guitar/back up vocals for Zara Larsson.I honestly believe I could add something special to her show!
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