Here’s something to make you think twice about the music you’re creating. The documentary Before Music Dies examines the music industry’s mass marketing, radio consolidation, and factory style creation of pop stars and sheepish music. Attitudes of fans, artists, and industry insiders are explored as the film’s creators attempt to shed light on often unspoken aspects of the music business.
Before Music Dies is definitely worth viewing if only to hear uncensored commentary from Questlove, Eryka Badu, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, and Branford Marsalis along with an enlightening demonstration of Auto-Tune.
"Right now longevity is determined by how much money you make and how many fans buy your records." – Erykah Badu
"People get art and commerce mixed up and once you can separate the two and see that art is art and commerce is commerce and understand that this business is commerce, then it makes that much more sense." – Questlove
"The 20 million people that buy a Britney Spears record aren’t music fans, they are popular culture fans."