Good morning, my name is Frauten spouse and I am here today to talk to you about the state the music business has fallen into in recent years. Not so long ago, music in the U.K could rarely be topped, so many new and exciting bands came flooding into our lives and blessed our ears. All new music being released was completely unique, bands weren’t afraid to try new and previously unheard of thing and very rarely would you hear a band and think “they sound just like another band I’ve heard” or “I’m sure I’ve heard a song just like this before, only it was by (…) instead”.
In recent years there has been a steady decline I the originality of new music, that’s not to say that all new music today is poor or unoriginal, there are of course still some wonderful new bands coming up through the floor boards, however there just aren’t as many exciting or original new bands as there once were. Over the past year or two, ‘indie’ music has become very popular, the genre ‘indie’ once stood for being individual, a band or artist being different to others out there, this certainly no longer seems to be the case.
The majority of new bands try their hardest to fit in with this genre, and for an increasingly high percentage of these bands, it’s hard to pick them apart from the rest. With the ‘indie’ genre, not only does the music stay the same from band to band, but also the dress sense among the bands does too. These bands seem to follow almost exactly the same style of clothes as each other too, needless to say it doesn’t make it any easier to pick each band out from each other. This only goes on to reiterate the point that bands are no longer willing to try new things and be unique.
It would be unfair to say that all indie bands are the same and boring, there are a handful of really exciting bands but that’s how it should’ve remained, a few original bands, doing what they do best, not countless bands sounding almost exactly the same as the next. One of the main reasons that the new music being released in the U.K was so good was due to the high standards of the different unsigned bands out there playing small gigs, in small venues, to small crowds. This was and still is known as the “underground” music scene and in the past, there were “underground” gigs of all sorts of genres and a number of different types of bands playing in them, however in modern times, the majority of these “underground” gigs are catering to a few choice genres only.
There are still gigs of all genres but they aren’t as evenly spread as they once were. With the majority of unsigned gigs being only for certain genres of music, this goes into the fact that the music that finally gets released is altogether too similar across the different bands. Thank you very much for your times and thank you for listening, I do hope the music business in the U.K can turn around and become as great as it once was, I have been Frauten Spouse