Over the course of lets say about the past fifteen years the music industry has been bleeding more money than it can retain, most of which is due to piracy. Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh expresses that sentiment and even goes a few steps further saying due to this lack of money in the entire industry, promotion for albums is even worse now than it has ever been, tour support isn't that great and selling albums is just a huge pain in the ass. His take on the digital age, while short, is pretty interesting as well.
I'm not sure there's any denying the music industry is this way no more than it has ever been before.
"It's kind of killed it a little bit, because there is no money for the industry. I don't mean for the bands — I mean, just in the industry, there's no money — so there's not as much for tour support, things like that, or promotion, so everyone kind of has to do extra things which you wouldn't normally want to do. Even just like the packaging of an album, you have to do 20 different formats just to try to sell it to people. It leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. We started in the music scene when it was more honest, shall we say?! But, I mean, there's plus points to the way it is now. People get to hear things faster, people get to promote things instantly. We don't have to rehearse as much, 'cause we just send each other things over the Internet."
Dudes in bands, is Mackintosh right? Is the industry worse than it has ever been?