Interview- Ron Trent pt 2
As mentioned before, Ron had a lot to say about the current state of music, creatively and business wise. Ron and I shared the same wavelength in seeing that popular music has changed, and not really for the better.
Many people say the common axiom “History repeats itself.” Many times, in music and art especially, people look back at history to say that certain things have always existed culturally. Whether it be controversies with lyrics or images, there have been many things that have repeated over time where artists have tested societal boundaries. And in many of those times, technology especially made some uneasy. Some people though that music was going to die because of the invention of the record player, and that it would dismantle the social thread of people getting together to sing and dance. Well, they were largely wrong about that, but in a sense they were right. The act of gathering with your neighbors to make music probably is a lot less now than it used to be. In many cultures, making music is a part of daily life for everyone as a community, and the person who seems to have a much more advanced gift than others is considered the artist.
History does repeat itself, and yes there have always been certain things that have always existed; but, there are things that do change history to the point where there is no turning back. There has never been anything like the current time with the Internet, television, and radio. The access to information and entertainment has drastically changed over the last century. In comparison to the thousands of years before, there’s no telling where it can go from here. But as for music, the consumption of it now has changed. When Napster first came on the scene, there was no turning back. That was over a decade ago, and some people growing up now probably barely remember a time of having to buy a physical album that they couldn’t find for free. In the short time I have lived I have seen the music industry change. So when a person like Ron Trent sees the situation the same way I do, and he’s been on the scene and the business even deeper, then I think it’s safe to say he’s not being a hater or grouch, but a realist. He speaks on the change of music over time and the need for more mentorship and apprenticeship in music.
Part 2- Something to hold on to.
– The state of music
– Did artists make the art superficial or did downloading?
– What’s the solution?