It's no secret that the devaluation of music has been slowly but surely happening over the years. Streaming services pay next to nothing unless you're a massive name, and physical sales are pretty much ever-shifting.
Deicide frontman and bassist Glen Benton tells That Drummer Guy that the devaluation of music and the fact that it'll be "given away" makes it "kind of hard to invest that time and effort."
He also adds that, no – it's not every band that that's happening to, so don't take it like Benton is just straight up dumping on everyone.
"Lately, the music scene has been kind of dried up. There hasn't been too many records that have been put out recently that hype things up, that people are excited about, getting their hands out. With the music business now, it's kind of hard to write inspired music when you know it's just going to be given away. It's kind of hard to invest that time and effort into something that's going to be given away. I don't want to say, not everybody, but there's a lot of bands that lost their energy because of that whole thing."
I'd be curious to hear from other artists what they think about this. From a non-artist perspective, I can see how this would be disheartening.